Lydia Bell

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Lydia's jazz tone is a rich, mature and unique sound. She is studying a masters in Jazz performance at GSMD.

A classic jazz voice, reminiscent of the greats, Lydia Bell is a unique breath of fresh air amongst the young voices of today. She has been directly compared to Anita O'Day and certainly demonstrates a rich and mature quality in her performances. Fresh onto the London scene, Lydia is refining her considerable musical talents at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is studying for a Masters in Jazz singing. Look out for her upcoming projects with big bands, and her own jazz ensemble comprising the brightest young jazz musicians in London. Discovering jazz relatively late in her singing development, it was an instant natural fit, which has enabled Lydia to flourish in a genre in which she truly belongs. She was first whisked up by The University of Bristol Big Band Society to sing with their popular and musically diverse Jazz Orchestra, and has since gone on to sing with the immensely talented Essex-based Sweeting Swing Band, which has been a very successful pairing.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Dixieland, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Vintage
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Jazz Standards:
A Ghost of a Chance
After you've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Almost like being in love
Alright, OK, you win
Blue Skies
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly with Me
Cry me a River
Dream a little Dream
Everybody Loves my Baby
Fly Me to the Moon
Get Happy
Have you met miss Jones
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The moon
I could write a book
I didn't know what time it was
I Get a Kick out of You
I Got Rhythm
I Thought About You
I'm beginning to see the light
I'm glad there is you
In love in vain
It could happen to you
It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing
It's De-lovely
I've Got You Under My Skin
Jitterbug Waltz
Just Friends
Just in Time
Just one of Those Things
Just you, just me
King of The Swingers
Lady be Good
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Let's Do it (Let's Fall in Love)
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Like someone in love
Love For sale
Love is here to stay
Love me or leave me
Lover Come Back to Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Mack The Knife
Mood Indigo
Moonlight in Vermont
My Baby Just Cares for Me
My Heart Stood Still
My Romance
Nature Boy
Never will I marry
Night and Day
Night in Tunisia
Nobody's Fault but Mine
One Note Samba
Orange Coloured Sky
Pennies From Heaven
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Prelude to A Kiss
Puttin on the Ritz
Save your love for me
So Many Stars
Spring Can Really Hang you Up the Most
Stella By Starlight
Stompin' at the Savoy
Tea For Two
That Old Black Magic
That old feeling
That's All
The Lady is a Tramp
The Masquerade is Over
The Song is You
There's a Lull in my life
These Foolish Things
They Can't Take that Away From Me
Too Marvellous for Words
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
Where or When
Why Don't you Do Right
With a Song in my Heart
Wrap your troubles in dreams
You Are Too Beautiful
You Make Me Feel so Young
You must believe in Spring
You're The top
Vintage backing tracks:
Sunny Side
Let there be love
It had to be you
Blue moon
Fly me to the moon
Moon river
Night and day
Our love is here to stay
The way you look tonight
I get a kick out of you
have you met miss jones
Too Darn Hot
Cry me a River
The Lady is a Tramp
You Make me feel so young
Ive got you under my skin
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
White Cliffs of Dover
White Tie and Tails
Puttin on the Ritz
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Diamonds Are a girl's best friend
Night and Day
What a difference a day makes
Mad about the boy
Que sera, sera
Customer questions

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

I aim to be flexible with my performance times. Most events tend to change and evolve leading up to the event, and don't always run on time on the day. I am experienced in this and aim to help wherever possible. I normally stipulate the latest time that I am able to stay at an event.

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

Of course. This is a popular request and I am happy to tailor this to your exact wishes for your event. This is a free service, and If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

As a solo singer, I need very little time to set up (30 minutes minimum before I am due to sing). If I am coming with a larger ensemble, I will require more time. If there is a drum kit, I should aim to set up 1-1.5 hours before the set, at the latest.

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

I work very hard to pick the best songs for each individual event. I aim to judge the atmosphere of the event accordingly, as I have done this so often. I am very happy to discuss requests before the gig to find something that works for you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! I have a PA system, backing tracks and everything needed for a small ensemble including lights.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My warm vocal tone and familiarity with the swing tradition. Audiences love my connection to the lyrics and delivery of songs in a confident, charming manner.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at venues and festivals all over the country, including The Savoy Hotel, other high end Hotels in London, as well as Jazz clubs around London, also large festival stages such as Twinwood Festival, Sutton Coldfield Summer Festival Retro Festival and so on.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am influenced mostly by classic jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and the smooth tones of Nat King Cole and other jazz legends.

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

I performed on the main stage at Twinwood Festival 2018.


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)£120
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£400


From customers:

Filabusta M, 4 years ago

'Lydia Bell... whose sultry vocal acrobatics and innate inner rhythm all adds up to a sparkling, versatile performance'

The B, 3 years ago

Lydia has the classic sound of the great singers of the 1940s and she sings our repertoire with great style and class! We love to have her perform with us and love the musical partnership that we have.