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About Sue

Stylish piano music on stunning portable white baby grand! Ask Sue for a free demo of special requests before booking.
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Classically trained, Sue has a huge repertoire from Bach to Bollywood.  She plays at weddings, memorials and other private events, as a soloist and as part of a piano and sax duo, Two's Company. She also teaches piano and works as an accompanist. Sue studied music at York and Cardiff University.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Pop, Electronic, Christmas, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Classical crossover, Easy listening, Light music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Arranger, Composer, Theory teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Choose from gentle well-known classical pieces, contemporary pop ballads, songs from films and musicals, or jazz standards. This list is just a guide, and I am always happy to learn new songs if you have particular favourites in mind!
Classical:
Air on a G String // Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba // Handel
Ave Maria // Schubert
Butterfly // Grieg
Canon in D // Pachelbel
Clair de Lune // Debussy
Deux Arabesques // Debussy
Eliza Aria // Kats-Chernin
Farewell to Stromness // Peter Maxwell Davies
Fantasie in D minor KV397 // Mozart
Flower Duet // Delibes
Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes // Satie
Je Te Veux // Satie
Nefeli / Einaudi
Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 // Chopin
Prelude in B minor Op 28 No 6 // Chopin
Prelude in A Op28 No 7 // Chopin
Salut D'Amour (Liebesgruss) // Elgar
Scenes of Childhood // Schumann
Sheep may Safely Graze // Bach
Prelude in Db Op 28 No 15 // Chopin
Three Sonatas for Young People Op 18 // Schumann
Wedding Day // Grieg
Wedding March (Lohengrin) // Wagner
Wedding March // Mendelssohn
Pop Ballads:
Amazed // Lonestar
Beautiful // Linda Perry
Be Mine // David Gray
Can't Help Falling in Love // Presley
Endless Love // Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross
Especially for You // Stock, Aitken & Waterman
Fields of Gold // Sting
Fix You // Coldplay
Here Comes the Sun // George Harrison
How Deep is Your Love // The Bee Gees
How Long Will I Love You // Ellie Goulding
Iris // Goo Goo Dolls
I Can't Help Falling in Love With You // Kina Grannis
I Took a Pill in Ibiza // Mike Posner
Imagine // John Lennon
Just the Way you Are // Billy Joel
Killing Me Softly // Charles Fox
Love on Top // Beyonce
Loving can Hurt (Photograph) // Ed Sheeran
Make you Feel my Love // Adele
My Cherie Amore // Stevie Wonder
Perfect // Ed Sheeran
Put your Records On // Corinne Bailey Rae
Rewrite the Stars // Zac Efron & Zendaya
Say a Little Prayer // Aretha Franklin
Tears in Heaven // Eric Clapton
The Closest Thing to Crazy // Mike Batt
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) // Natalie Cole
Thinking Out Loud // Ed Sheeran
True Colours // Cyndi Lauper
Vincent // Don McLean
Wasn't Expecting That // Jamie Lawson
We Don't Have to Take our Clothes Off // Ella Eyre
We've Only Just Begun // Roger Nichols
What the World Needs Now // Bacharach
When I was your Man // Bruno Mars
Wherever You Will Go // Charlene Soraia
Wonderful Tonight // Eric Clapton
You're Beautiful // James Blunt
Yesterday // Lennon & McCartney
Your Song // Elton John
Songs from Musicals and Films:
A Whole New World // Alan Menken
All I Ask of You // Andrew Lloyd Webber
As Long as He Needs Me // Lionel Bart
As Time Goes By // Herman Hupfeld
Beauty and the Beast // Alan Menken
Best that You Can Do (Arthur's Theme) // Bacharach
Bring Him Home // Schönberg
Can You Feel the Love Tonight // Elton John
Falling Slowly (Once) // Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually) // Craig Armstrong
He Sleeps (Love Theme - Pretty Woman) // James Newton Howard
I Can Hear the Bells // Marc Shaiman
I Dreamed a Dream // Schönberg
Love Changes Everything // Andrew Lloyd Webber
Memory // Andrew Lloyd Webber
My Favourite Things // Richard Rodgers
On My Own // Schönberg
Somewhere Over The Rainbow // Harold Arlen
Songs from 'The Piano' // Nyman
There is a Castle on a Cloud // Schönberg
True Love // Lopez
Bollywood:
Aaj Mai Upar
Baahon Ke Darmiyaan
Chhann Chhann
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Kehna Hi Kya
Mausam Ke Sargam
Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka
Tera Saath Hai Kitna Pyara
Tu Hi Re
Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai
Jazz Standards:
A Sunday Kind of Love // Etta James
Ain't Misbehavin' // Fats Waller
At Last // Etta James
Autumn Leaves // Joseph Kosma
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered // Richard Rodgers
Blue Moon // Hart & Rodgers
Can't Help Falling in Love // George Weiss
Cry me a River // Arthur Hamilton
Danny Boy // Trad
Fly me to the Moon // Bart Howard
Have you Met Miss Jones? // Hart & Rodgers
Here's That Rainy Day // Jimmy Van Heusen
I Left my Heart in San Francisco //George Cory
I Loves You Porgy // George Gershwin
Let There Be Love //Lionel Rand
Misty // Erroll Garner
Moon River // Henry Mancini
My Baby Just Cares for Me // Walter Donaldson
My Funny Valentine // Richard Rodgers & Hart
My Way // Paul Anka
September Song // Kurt Weill
Skylark // Johnny Mercer
Someone To Watch Over Me // George Gershwin
Smile // Chaplin
Stormy Weather // Koehler & Arlen
Summertime // George Gershwin
The Girl from Ipanema // Antônio Carlos Jobim
They Can't Take that Away from Me // Gershwin
What a Difference a Day Makes // Grever & Adams
What a Wonderful World // George David Weiss & Bob Thiele
Christmas:
Blue Christmas
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting… )
Feliz Navidad
Frosty the Snowman
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
I’ll be Home for Christmas
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells (trad)
Last Christmas
Let it Snow
O Holy Night
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Santa Baby
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
White Christmas
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
... and many, many more!!
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Flexibility and versatility. I have a very good musical ear (and have been in this game a long time!), so if you can hum it, I can probably play it.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Parc Hotel, Cardiff The Celtic Manor, Newport The Lime Tree, Chepstow The Globe, Lydney Clearwell Castle Blaina Wharf, Newport Doldowlod Hall, Llandrindod Wells The Caer Beris, Builth Wells etc. etc.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

JS Bach has probably had the greatest influence on all musicians!

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

Every gig is important, whether it is a playing solo piano for a memorial service in a family home, accompanying a small child for their first violin exam or playing keys in a band on stage. I am always professional, whatever the occasion.

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

I will always do my best to be flexible to accommodate minor changes in timings. For example, I was recently booked to play for a wedding turn-around period, and the ceremony over-ran by half an hour. To accommodate this, I adapted my set and played through without a break.

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

Yes. I can use prepare a playlist to suit. Alternatively, I can import a playlist if you wish to prepare your own.

How much time do you need to set up?

45 mins if providing a baby grand piano shell and PA. No set-up if using an acoustic piano owned by the venue.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, as long as the venue can guarantee that the piano has recently been tuned!

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

Yes, of course!

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes. I own a fully weighted Roland FP-4 and supply this free of charge.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, I am always very happy to learn new songs.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes gentle music prior to the service, your chosen song as you walk up the aisle, selected songs for the signing of the register, and celebratory music as guests leave.
£300
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£350
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- 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
£550
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15

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Paulina L, 2 years ago

Amazing musicians! Sue and Lloyd played at our wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast, they are simply amazing. We had classical music at the ceremony, and jazz/pop theme for wedding breakfast, Sue and Lloyd played beautifully – Lloyd is a multi-talent genius, he plays flute, clarinet and many other things! The duo worked perfectly – I wish I had recorded the whole performance! Sue has been really helpful since the beginning, sorting out the baby grand piano shell for the wedding, and helping us to choose the music, very kind! I love every part of my wedding, would say Sue and Lloyd’s music is one of the best parts! Thank you both so much for bringing us such beautiful music, I really appreciate it. Highly recommend Sue and Lloyd to everyone!

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Sami L, 2 years ago

The musicians were really lovely. It was a shame that some of the feedback was that quite a few songs were played more than once. They were very professional but they didn't get the guests attention as much as we hoped. They were great as musicians but entertainers they seemed a little shy, which made it awkward. What they played, they played well but it was just missing that something magical. Some guests thought they came with the venue which I wasn't sure how to take. I wish them all the best for the future as musicians.

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Sally C, 2 years ago

Sue played beautifully and sensitively at my father's funeral - a lovely range of classical music that was perfect for the occasion. She was very keen to make sure that she fulfilled our needs and she absolutely did. I would recommend her without reservation.

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Tracy B, 2 years ago

If you're looking for classy background music, Two's Company is just what you need. I booked this duo for a business celebration, and everyone wanted to know where I'd found them. Really hoping we have another business deal to celebrate so I can book them again!

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Toni P, 2 years ago

A brilliant experience! Sue was very quick to respond to organisational queries prior to the event. As musicians, Sue and Lloyd were first-class, and fitted in perfectly with the professional, yet relaxed, atmosphere of the launch.

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