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Sue Cottrell

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About Sue

Pianist
Newport
Solo piano music for weddings, memorials, and other occasions. Ask Sue for a free demo of your requests, prior to booking.

Sue studied music at York and Cardiff University. After several years teaching by day and playing solo piano by night, she focused on educational consultancy, providing advice to schools, local authorities and central Government. She has now returned to her roots as a musician, and performs both as a soloist and as part of piano & sax duo, Two's Company. Classically trained, Sue has a huge repertoire from Bach to Bublé.  She also teaches piano and works as an accompanist.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Christmas, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Classical crossover, Easy listening, Light music
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Instruments:
Piano
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Musical comedy
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Song list

Choose from gentle well-known classical pieces, songs from films and musicals, or classic and contemporary pop ballads.
Butterfly // Grieg
Clair de Lune // Debussy
Deux Arabesques // Debussy
Eliza Aria // Kats-Chernin
Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes // Satie
Farewell to Stromness // Peter Maxwell Davies
Fantasie in D minor KV397 // Mozart
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
Scenes of Childhood // Schumann
Songs from 'The Piano' // Nyman
Prelude in Db Op 28 No 15 // Chopin
The Robin's Return // Fisher
Three Sonatas for Young People Op 18 // Schumann
Wedding Day // Grieg
As Time Goes By // Herman Hupfeld
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered // Richard Rodgers
Can't Help Falling in Love // George Weiss
Cry me a River // Arthur Hamilton
I Left my Heart in San Francisco //George Cory
I Loves You Porgy // George Gershwin
Moon River // Henry Mancini
My Favourite Things // Richard Rodgers
My Funny Valentine // Richard Rodgers & Hart
Someone To Watch Over Me // George Gershwin
Somewhere Over The Rainbow // Harold Arlen
Smile // Chaplin
Summertime // George Gershwin
What a Wonderful World // George David Weiss & Bob Thiele
Beautiful // Linda Perry
Endless Love // Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross
Make you Feel my Love // Adele
Perfect // Ed Sheeran
The Closest Thing to Crazy // Mike Batt
Thinking Out Loud // Ed Sheeran
Wonderful Tonight // Eric Clapton
You're Beautiful // James Blunt
Customer questions

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?

30 mins if using a 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.

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.

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£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
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.
£250

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Sami L, 3 months 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, 6 months 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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Sally C, 6 months 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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Karen E, 6 months ago

Great musicians! Sue and Lloyd played a huge range of music, chatted to guests and played several last-minute requests. Both lovely people, I would happily book them again.

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