Stephen Guy Daltry

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Stephen is a highly rated pianist, accordionist and film composer.
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I love performing, be it background piano or accordion, or a tailor-made piano comedy show for a function or private audience. If you read some of my reviews I hope they show that I care about delivering quality. ( I also have public liability insurance). I love playing classical piano because that has been my main instrument since I was 9, and in my piano studies at Christ Church College Canterbury (BA Cons Class I) and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama I developed my skill as a musician; then, inspired by the great Victor Borge, I developed comedy as part of my musical performance, and learnt to play the piano-accordion. Performing highlights of my career so far have been my successful one man show at the Pheasantry (Pizza Express) Chelsea, and getting four stars and rave reviews on the Edinburgh Fringe for 'Ludwig's Van.' Regarding my personality I have a sensitive piano approach, and my years as a pianist at Kettners taught me when to play quietly in the background and when to show more personality, and in front of a captive audience the quiet Stephen can transform into something more Eric Morecambe-like! Sometimes I write tailor made shows for birthday parties, where they feed me with information about the birthday person and I do a kind of musical-comical 'This Is Your Life!" I have been a pianist/accordionist for many theatre shows, such as 'Three Men in A Boat' at the Theatre Royal, York, and 'The Madness of George Dubya' at the Arts Theatre; I have played at many functions and hotels such as the West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters. I have played piano for and composed many scores for TV and cinema, including the 2013 Sundance Festival hit documentary, 'The Moo Man', ' 'The Hunt' for BBC2 (Cultural Prix Italia 1999), two documentaries on Princess Diana for ITV, the Grierson Award-nominated 'The 2000 Year Old Computer' for the BBC (2013), 'The Real Catherine Cookson' (Yorkshire TV), 'Charlotte: A Royal at War' for Luxembourg, British & American broadcast. I trained in Composing for Film at the National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield, England. I have also composed stage musicals, including the British Library's 'Alice Through the Looking-Glass’, a Critics Choice in The Times for its Hampstead production in 2001. Reviews: "a gorgeous musical score of violin and cello by Stephen Daltry — breathtaking in its simplicity, beauty and effectiveness.” (Ken Russell, 30th Oct 2009, The Times, review of 'The Lost World of Mr Hardy') Stephen Daltry’s attractive chamber score... captures the surroundings’ pastoral beauty" (Dennis Harvey in Variety, Feb 4th 2013, review of 'The Moo Man’)

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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Composer, Lyricist, Transcription, Orchestrator, Arranger, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

A Small Selection of Many Themes I Can Play:
Jingle Bells (my own arrangement)
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Jingle Bell Rock
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Last Christmas (Wham!)
For here it is Merry Christmas (Slade)
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams)
White Christmas
While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night
O Little Town of Bethlehem
On Piano - CLASSICAL :
Clair de Lune ( Debussy)
The 3 Gymnopedies ( Erik Satie)
Scenes of Childhood (Robert Schumann)
Morning, Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg)
Nocturne in E flat ( Federic Chopin)
Prelude in A major (by Chopin)
Prelude in E Minor (Chopin)
Bridal March (Wagner)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Fur Elise (Beethoven)
The Entertainer
The Maple Leaf Rag
Ain't Misbehavin'
Honeysuckle Rose
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Alligator Crawl
I Ain't Got Nobody
Take Five (Brubeck)
It's a Raggy Waltz (Brubeck)
Back to Earth
September Song
Pennies From Heaven
Mac the Knife
A Sunday Kind of Love
So Nice
Girl from Ipamena
Meditation (Meditateo)
One Note Samba
Georgia on My Mind
The Very Thought of You
Just the Two of Us
Mood Indigo
Come Fly With Me
Night and Day
Let's Do It
I Get a Kick Out of You
Begin the Beguine
So In Love
Every Time We Say Goodbye
I've Got You Under My Skin
It's De-Lovely
Just One of Those Things
You're The Top
True Love
I'm Always True to You Darling in my Fashion
You Do Something to Me
Swanee River
'The Man I Love'
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Someone to Watch Over Me
Do It Again
Embraceable You
I Got Rhythm
I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise
The Man I Love
Prelude II (Gershwin)
Rhapsody in Blue
'S Wonderful
Sweet and Low-Down
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
Fly Me to the Moon
My Way
In the wee Small Hours of the Morning
Reason to Believe
I have often Walked Down this Street Before
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Mister Sandman
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Send in the Clowns
The Way You Look Tonight
Ol Man River
Can't Help Lovin' That Man
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
When I Fall in Love
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon
Dream Dream Dream (Everly Brothers)
Tarantella Napoletana
Arriverderci, Roma
The Godfather Theme
Theme from Fellini's 'Amarcord'
Return to Sorrento
Carnival of Venice
That's Amore
O Mio Babbino Caro
Nessun Dorma
Inno Di Mameli
La Dona e Mobile
Santa Lucia
Cavalleria Rusticana
Mambo Italiano
Oh Marie (Maria, Mari!)
Sway (Pablo Beltran Ruiz)
Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
Loch Lomond
Ye Banks and Braes o Bonnie Doon
A Man's A Man for All That
Skye Boat Song
I Love a Lassie
Bluebells of Scotland
Mingulay Boat Song
Campbells are Coming
Charlie is my Darling
Green Grow he Rushes O!
Will Ye No Come Back Again
Scotland the Brave
Scots Wha Hae
My Love is Like A Red Red Rose
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Scarborough Fair
Lambeth Walk
Daisy Daisy
Down at the Old Bull and Bush
On Mother Kelly's Doorstep
If You Were the Only Girl in the World
Bye Bye Blackbird
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
Any Old Iron
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Oh You Beautiful Doll
Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner
We'll Meet Again
All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor
Danny Boy
I've got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
You Made Me Love You
How Much is That Doggie in the Window?
Rolling Round the World
When the Red Red Robin Comes....
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

That is not a problem. I'm very flexible. I can extend or lessen my time accordion to your budget (excuse the pun!)

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes I can provide background music through my speaker system between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

I generally require only half an hour. If I am bringing my own keyboard and am also doing comedy then I like 45mins.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, you can.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes: if there are particular favourites of yours that are not on the list then I am happy to learn them, if you give me enough warning in advance! But if it involves alot of pieces that require a good amount of prep then I will need to charge more.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The warmth of the tone of my playing on accordion, and on piano, and my choice of repertoire, and my ease and flexibility on the day, eg needing to play 'a happy birthday' song spontaneously.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Pheasantry, (Pizza Express Live), the Bulls Head, Barnes; the Goodwood Club, Sussex; West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters; Kettners Restaurant, Soho; Peggy Porschen Cake Boutique, Victoria; Chez Lindsay restaurant, Richmond; Renault Cars Showroom, Derby.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Edith Piaf and Astor Piazzolla (accordion), Claude Debussy (piano)

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Two one man shows at the Pheasantry, Chelsea in Oct and Dec 2018, and playing piano and accordion for two documentaries on ITV on Princess Diana, and accordion for BBC Scotland's feature film 'Of Fish and Foe'.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£130
Up to 1 hour£195
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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From Encore customers:

Sarah L
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

We were very pleased with Stephen’s performance at our party. Skilled pianist and performer. Easy to have around.

Samantha G
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

I booked Stephen to play at a funeral and he was wonderful in every way. Communication was perfect, and on the day Stephen arrived promptly, and adapted smoothly with a last minute change of schedule. Despite being a sad occasion, Stephen's playing brought a smile to so many people's faces, and really made the day that extra bit special. I would have no hesitation in recommending him or engaging his services again.

Laura M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Stephen was great, on time and communication was good. Thanks!

Will R
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Thanks Stephen for your great performance!

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From other customers:

Julie E
2 months ago, for a Private event in London SW1V
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5 out of 5

Stephen played for us for a couple of hours - lyrical, romantic, traditional and cheerful; the perfect accompaniment to our celebrations for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Thank you so much Stephen!

Silvana B
2 months ago, for a Hotel / Restaurant event in 84 High Rd
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5 out of 5

You were amazing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!

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