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William Cheung

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About William

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Birmingham
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William is a Birmingham-based pianist and conductor, proficient in a variety of music across the West Midlands.

I have been performing professionally for many years, having played at various venues across the West Midlands including Aston Parish Church, Hogarth's Hotel & Restaurant and Hilton Hotels. As well as being classically trained I also play pop & rock music, most of which I arrange myself by ear. My performances include weddings, corporate events and concerts. My favourite performances have been Shostakovich's "Piano Concerto No.2 in F" with the University of Manchester Choir and Orchestra Society, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at St. Werburgh's Church, Manchester and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" at St Hilda's Church, Warley Woods. My passion for conducting began from a young age, and my first formal lessons began at Chetham's School of Music. During my years in higher education I founded, managed and conducted my own orchestra, which ran successful concerts every semester for 3 years. These themed concerts included Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite Op.71a" and Verdi's "La Forza del Destino Overture". In addition in my final concert with the University of Manchester's Choir And Orchestra Society I directed the orchestra with Howard Shore's "Lord of the Rings Suite - The Fellowship of the Ring" in summer 2011. During my studying years I also led two choral groups, University of Manchester's Harmony Gospel Choir and co-leading the Burlington Singers. In 2012 I conducted an arrangment of Bizet's "Overture to Carmen" with the Old Swinford Hospital Symphony Orchestra, and in the following academic year I taught conducting workshops for students at Old Swinford Hospital School. Before departing, I rehearsed and conducted the Old Swinford Hospital Chamber Orchestra on their music tour, performing at primary schools and churches local to Stourbridge. Repertoire included Mozart's "Symphony No.41 - Jupiter", Haydn's "Piano Concerto in D" and Vivaldi's "Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor". Since joining Music To You Ltd. I have also been music director for primary school productions including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" , "The Jungle Book" and "Alice in Wonderland". Recently I conducted the Bournville String Orchestra in their annual end-of-summer concert, who performed Vivaldi's "Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor" and Janacek's "Idyll Suite for Strings".

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, Early music, Ambient, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Top 40, R&B, Gospel, Tribute, Classic rock, Britpop, Alternative rock
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Instruments:
Piano, Conductor, Fortepiano, Composer, Keyboard
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private 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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Other skills:
Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Animateur, Community music worker, Musicologist
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Song list

TRADITIONAL WEDDING SONG LIST
J.S. BACH - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Prelude in C, Air (from Suite No.3)
CHARPENTIER - Prelude (from the Te Deum)
CLARKE- Prince of Denmark's March
HANDEL - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Air (from Water Music), Finale (from Water Music), Largo (from Xerxes), Minuet (from Berenice), Overture (from Fireworks Music),
HAYDN - St. Anthony Chorale
HYMNS - Love Divine, Jerusalem, Amazing Grace, Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
MOZART - Ave Verum Corpus
MENDELSSOHN - Andante Religioso
PACHELBEL - Canon
PURCELL - March - Trumpet Tune
STANLEY -Trumpet Voluntary
STOLZEL - Bist du bei mir
WAGNER - Bridal March
FILM/MUSICALS SONG LIST
ALADDIN- A Whole New World
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - Moon River
CATS - Memory
EVITA - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
DIRTY DANCING - Time of My Life
GREASE - Summer Nights. You're The One That I Want
JAMES BOND - Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Nobody Does It Better
The LITTLE MERMAID - Kiss the Girl, Under the Sea
MOULIN ROUGE - Come What May, Elephant Love Medley
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - All I Ask of You, Music of the Night
The PINK PANTHER Theme
The SOUND OF MUSIC - The Hills Are Alive, Eidelweiss, Something Good
SWEET CHARITY - Big Spender
TITANIC - My Heart Will Go On
TOY STORY - You've Got a Friend
The WIZARD OF OZ - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
POP/ROCK SONG LIST
ABBA - Dancing Queen
AEROSMITH - I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing
ADELE - Make You Feel My Love
ARETHA FRANKLIN - I Say a Little Prayer
ATOMIC KITTEN - Tide is High
The BANGLES - Eternal Flame
The BEATLES- Eight Days a Week, Here Comes The Sun, All You Need is Love, When I'm Sixty Four
BBMAK - Do You Believe In Magic
BEN E KING - Stand By Me
BEYONCE - Halo
BILL WITHERS - Lovely Day
BILLY JOEL - Piano Man, Uptown Girl
BRUNO MARS - Just the Way You Are, Marry You
CAROLE KING - You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman
The CARPENTERS - Close To You, We've Only Just Begun
COLDPLAY - Clocks, Viva la Vida, Yellow
COUNTING CROWS - Accidentally in Love
The DARKNESS - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
DJ SAMMY - Heaven (candlelight mix)
ED SHEERAN - A-Team, Lego House, Thinking Out Loud
ELVIS PRESLEY - Love Me Tender
ELTON JOHN - Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Your Song,
ERIC CLAPTON - Wonderful Tonight
The FEELING - Fill My Little World
FEEDER - Seven Days in the Sun
JACK JOHNSON -Better Together
JAMES BLUNT - Bonfire Hearts
JASON MRAZ - I'm Yours
JOHN LEGEND -All of Me
KATY PERRY - Teenage Dream
The KOOKS - She Moves in Her Own Way
KOOL & the GANG - Celebration
MAROON 5 - She Will Be Loved
MCFLY - Five Colours in Her Hair, All About You, Star Girl, Please Please Please
MICHAEL JACKSON - ABC, I'll Be There
NORAH JONES - Come Away With Me, Turn Me On
OLLY MURS - Dance With Me Tonight
ONE DIRECTION - Kiss You, What Makes You Beautiful
PHARRELL WILLIAMS - Happy
The POLICE - Every Breath You Take
QUEEN - Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The REMBRANDTS - I'll Be There For You
RITA ORA - I Will Never Let You Down
ROBBIE WILLIAMS - Angels, She's The One
RONAN KEATING - When You Say Nothing At All
SAM SMITH - Stay With Me
SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Bridge Over Troubled Water
SMASH MOUTH - All Star, I'm a Believer
SNOW PATROL - Chasing Cars
TAKE THAT - Greatest Day, Rule The World
TRAIN - Drops of Jupiter
The TURTLES - Happy Together
VAN MORRISON - Brown Eyed Girl
WESTLIFE - You Raise Me Up, Flying Without Wings
WET WET WET - Love is All Around
WHITNEY HOUSTON - I Will Always Love You
WILL YOUNG - Evergreen
VANESSA CARLTON - A Thousand Miles
CLASSICAL SONG LIST
J.S. BACH - Prelude No.1 in C from "The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I", Twelve Little Preludes, Six Little Preludes
BEETHOVEN - Fur Elise, 'Pathetique' Sonata in C minor Op.13 2nd mvt
BRAHMS - Intermezzo in A, Waltzes Op.39
CHOPIN - Prelude No.15 in D flat "Raindrop"
DEBUSSY - Arabesques 1 & 2
ELGAR - Chanson de Matin, Chanson de Nuit, Salut D'Amour
EINUADI - I Giorni, Nuvole Bianche
MOZART - Sonata in Bb, Piano Concerto No.21 in C 2nd mvt
OFFENBACH - Barcarolle from 'The Tales of Hoffman'
PUCCINI - Nessun Dorma from 'Turandot'
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV - Scheherezade from 'The Young Prince and the Young Princess'
SATIE - Gymnopedies No.1, 2 & 3
TCHAIKOVSKY - Sleeping Beauty Waltz
VERDI - March from 'Aida'
VIVALDI - The Four Seasons
YIRUMA - River Flows in You

Reviews

From customers:

Jo H, 2 years ago

William your music at our wedding was just beautiful! You really helped make it the perfect day. Thank you so much!

Stephanie E, 6 years ago

Thank you for making our day so special! My husband and I loved your arrangements and your playing! We were very pleased how our requests of Sleeping Beauty and Star Wars turned out.