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CLARA RISU is a premium international and multi-lingual function band that plays Pop, Soul and R&B classics with a modern twist.
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CLARA RISU is a professional premium function band which performs Pop, Soul, R&B, Funk, Jazz, Blues and classic international hits from the last 50 years with a modern twist. The band also plays their original songs for original music events and can perform songs in Japanese, Spanish and Filipino. The band can travel to perform all throughout the UK and abroad.  CLARA RISU is classy and versatile. The band can play songs of any genre and add their own twist to it. They can offer a bespoke package and play any event and venue (from high-end to smaller budget events)  CLARA RISU can play quietly and tastefully and have a jazz soul vibe for intimate and quieter gigs. They can also play classic party tracks with modern additions depending on what suits the venue/event and what’s required. They perform Pop, Soul, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Rock.  Comprising of seasoned musicians, led by singer-songwriter and founder Mary, the band has over 30 years of experience within the music industry.  Band Members:  Mary is a talented and professional lead singer with 25 years of experience and a UK qualified English and Performing Arts teacher. Described as ‘Soulful with a smooth yet powerful voice’ for any genre, she sings in multiple languages such as English, Spanish, Japanese and Filipino to capture audiences worldwide. She has performed in the London Palladium, Upton Jazz Festival, Malvern Theatres and wrote songs for Film and TV.  Tom is a talented and professional lead guitarist, songwriter and a guitar teacher. He has performed for various bands for over 15 years and specialises in Blues and Rock.  Michael is a talented, highly skilled and professional Jazz and Swing drummer who can play songs of any genre. With over 30 years of experience playing in big bands and jazz, he is versatile and has the finesse to play light percussion for slow music all the way to big band party tunes.  Torsten is a talented, highly skilled and sought after professional pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer and music teacher who has over 20 years of experience. He plays with various bands around the country and has performed at Ronnie Scotts. He is one of the musical directors of the band.  Dave is a talented professional bassist with over 25 years of experience playing in various function bands. He is also a music producer and composer. Alongside Torsten, Dave works as one of the musical directors of the band.  Extra Musicians: Saxophonist Double Bass The band can provide a full PAT tested PA system and have Public Liability Insurance. The band has a dedicated band assistant. They are committed, punctual, reliable and driven to exceed expectations to ensure a stress-free and smooth musical performance.  CLARA RISU covers a wide range of genres ensuring a diverse and engaging performance tailored to captivate your audience to make your special event even more special. 

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CLARA RISU's Reviews

From customers:

Jenny S
3 months ago, for a Private event in Bristol
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5 out of 5

I saw Clara Risu perform live and was blown away so I decided to book them for a special event I organised. I had never booked a band before, so I was unsure on how it all works, fees and what’s involved. Clara Risu organised everything to do with music with me and even helped me organise a bit of the event which are non-music related. They’re clearly experienced and pointed out things that I would have overlooked. The night was amazing but what really stood out to all my guests was Clara Risu’s performance. They sound incredible live and they really put on a show. They even allowed us to sing along and all of us had a great time especially when they played classics from the 90s and 2000s. I highly recommend them. I know two of my friends will be booking them soon. Thank you Clara Risu!

Sonny G
8 months ago, for a Hotel / Restaurant event in Prince St
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5 out of 5

Superb performance by a kind and talented band. I had Clara Risu in my venue performing one August evening. I asked them to play a variety of covers of music ranging from upbeat, slow jams, and more ambient tracks. Besides the fact they sounded fantastic, and had excellent natural chemistry as a unit, they are also incredibly kind people. They helped with the clear up and were punctual and cooperative for the set up prior to the night. In short, if you need a talented, kind and professional group of musicians to play at your venue, whether it's restaurant, bar or private event, look no further than Clara Risu - Sonny Grillet, Manager at Muse Brasserie Bristol

CLARA RISU's Song list

Sample Setlist:
Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers
Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Go by Cat Burns
Feeling Good by Nina Simone
Forget Me by Lewis Capaldi
A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Let's Stay Together by Al Green
Sure Thing by Miguel
Rolling Back by Two Lanes and Panama
I Feel It Coming by the Weeknd
Candy by Paolo Nutini
Te Amo by Rihanna
Never Too Much by Luther Van Dross
Umbrella by Rihanna
Lady Hear Me Tonight by Modjo
Groovejet by Sophie Ellis Bextor
Valerie by Amy Winehouse
Dancing in The Moonlight by Top Loader
The Worst by Jhene Aiko
Despacito by Luis Fonsi
Just The Two Of Us by Bill Withers
Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera
Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears
Umbrella by Rihanna
New Rules- Dua Lipa
Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Modjo
If This Ain’t Love Groovejet by Sophie Ellis Bextor
Wherever, Whenever by Shakira
Yellow by Coldplay
Gravity by John Mayer
Crazy In Love by Beyonce
Toxic by Britney Spears
Rather Be- Clean Bandit
Something About Us - Daft Punk
Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys
Hysteria by Muse
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Too Close by Alex Clare
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Music Sounds Better With You
Sway by Michael Buble
A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
Frozen by Sabrina Claudio
Billie Bossa Nova by Billie Eilish
Closer by Neyo
Creepin by the Weeknd
Passionfruit by Drake
Still Dre
Seppun Kiss Original Love (Japanese Song)
Crystal Dolphin by Englewood also known as Dolphin in Town by Kingo Hamada (Japanese Song)
Buwan by Juan Karlos (Filipino Song)
Rock with You by Michael Jackson
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Franki Valli
Moving Too Fast- Artful Dodger
The Kooks- Naive
Wait A Minute- Willow Smith


Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1500
Up to 2 hours£2500
Up to 3 hours£3000
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

Yes, Clara Risu will always perform with the same lead singer.

Do you have different line-up options?

We offer the following line ups and can add our own saxophonist or any other instruments to any of these combinations for an additional charge. DUO: Piano and Vocals Guitar and Vocals THREE PIECE: Piano, Guitar and Vocals FOUR PIECE: Piano, Bass, Drums and Vocals Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals FIVE PIECE: Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums and Vocals

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

We will always endeavor to accommodate any changes and support all our clients. Please let us know of any changes and requirements as soon as possible.

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

Yes, we can provide music played through our speakers using the Spotify app. We also offer the option of clients choosing the songs in the playlist. This service is free of charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

We need about 1-1.5 hours to set up our equipment and complete sound checks with our dedicated sound engineer. We will also play songs via Spotify just before we complete our set up to set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance.

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

We'd be thrilled for you to choose songs from our setlists. Our repertoire spans decades, from classic hits of the 1960s to iconic tracks from the 2000s, as well as modern hits. We've also crafted our own unique versions and we'll ensure they're woven seamlessly into our performance, reflecting our signature style of mixing the old sounds with the new.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes, all of the equipment is included with the pricing.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, we are open to learning a few songs for the event. We are open to learning one song free of charge for a wedding's 'First Dance' for example, however, any other extra songs may be chargeable to cover costs of rehearsals.
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