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A versatile, Kent based pianist and musical director with an enthusiasm for performance, improvisation and composition.
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I've performed widely from weddings to full-scale musicals and pantomimes including All Shook Up, Bring It On, How I Became a Pirate and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Whatever genre, mood or style is required, I can easily adapt for my client's needs and wishes. I especially enjoy arranging or modifying popular or classic pieces with my highly versatile electric piano - which has been well received (see my edition of James Blunt's 'Bonfire Heart'). Working with children and young adults is a particular passion of mine - although I have worked extensively with adult performers - and I have a background in teaching at college level. I am fully DBS checked and travel with my piano to events and shows I work on.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Contemporary classical, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Rock, Folk, Electronic
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Actor, Dancer, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger, Songwriter, Lyricist, Transcription, Composition teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

I try to piece together eclectic collections of music that best suit the occasion. Below are just a few of the genres and artists that I've covered.
Classical: Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Debussy, Ravel. A wide variety and requests recommended.
Modern Piano and Film Music: Einaudi, film music by John Powell, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, a plethora of pieces from Disney films, musical films (Greatest Showman, La La Land) and many more.
Rock and Pop: Vast ranging from Queen, Elton John, Elvis, The Beatles to James Blunt, John Walker, Justin Timberlake.
Customer questions

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

I am very flexible and can work around changes quite easily. If there are any changes in timing then please just let me know.

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

I can certainly provide music around any sets through my speakers, just let me know what type of music you would like to hear.

How much time do you need to set up?

I come with just my stage piano, speakers and seat so it will take me ten minutes at the most to be set up.

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

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it.

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

Most certainly! My set lists are generated to best suit your musical tastes and I am happy to discuss these with you.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

I am indeed!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Back tracking two questions, I can learn a wealth of songs for your event. There will be an additional fee to cover sheet music and rehearsal time however.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The diversity of music and additional sounds available from my piano.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at venues across the south of England.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Various modern YouTube pianists and classics such as Beethoven and Ravel.

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

Add-ons

Compose a Piece for a Wedding
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Alana W, 2 years ago

Will was amazing for my daughter's wedding. I gave him quite an eclectic music list (Beatles to Glen Miller to Star Wars theme tune) and he certain rose to the challenge, playing in the background for the whole reception. He is also a very approachable young man, making ease conversation with people. I thoroughly recommend Will

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Ilona K, 3 years ago

Will was recently the Musical Director for a production of ‘Bring It On’, that I was Co-Directing, with Reach Productions. It was a huge undertaking: there were a great many vocal numbers, and for the most part the musical was underscored throughout; on top of which, time was short. We needed someone who would navigate all of this, putting in the considerable time to prep and teach it; someone who would work professionally but be approachable to the young cast of 14 - 21 year olds. Will did all of this, under pressure, never losing his cool with the students - in fact they loved him. He was fun and approachable, thorough and dedicated to their learning. He put in the necessary extra rehearsals without a quibble, and liaised with us over every detail, attending production meetings and always carrying himself in a professional manner. He was willing to go the extra mile for us, and for cast members, and for this we were most thankful. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him as a tutor, for any age.

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Will C, 3 years ago

I could not recommend more highly Will Sherwood for any performance or direction with music. My own experience working with Will was in two capacities. The first is as a musical director for a pantomime production I was in, and the second was as the pianist for my wedding. It is no coincidence that I had complete trust and faith in his abilities for my wedding after working with him on the stage production. To firstly look upon the time working on the show. Not only is he able to firmly assert himself, but he works with the company in a timely and friendly manner that I have seen elevate performances beyond the expectations of others. He is happy to throw challenges to his cast whilst being open to creative amendments where necessary. When I then asked him to play at my wedding, he was always open to work hard, take suggestions and offer a wide selection of music to play. With our own suggestions, he was able to take his own spin that not only remained faithful to what we wanted as a couple, but also vastly improved what we wanted in the first instance as well. Considering our own friendship at this time, he was still open to constructive criticism and was consummately professional throughout. For someone who is willing to go above and beyond and really bring fantastic industry to every job he works on, Will would truly be the best choice.

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