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What if the venue doesn't have a piano?

Does a digital piano sound as good as a proper piano?

Does a digital piano look like a normal piano?

Is there a chance that your piano or other equipment may break down on the day?

How much space do you need?

If we hire a bass player will he play a proper bass?

Will it be noisy if we have a drummer in the line up?

What Happens When You Take A Break?

Can you send us a playlist?

Can we request a few songs?

Do you need some sort of cover if you are playing outside?

Is it necessary to meet up with you before the event?

So How Much Will It Cost?

How do I secure the booking?

Do you take a deposit?

How do I pay the balance?

Is it OK to pay you beforehand just to get it out of the way?

Can I hear you play live?

What about Public Liability insurance?

Is your electrical equipment PAT Tested for safety?

 

What if the venue doesn't have a piano?

In situations like this I usually bring one of my digital pianos which can even be used outside. My digital pianos are ideal when playing for events that require music in more than one location. I can usually relocate and set up within twenty minutes or set up piano in one location and set up another somewhere else. If I set up two pianos I can just move from one to the other without a there being too much of a break in the music. Please note that I don't charge any extra for bring a digital piano with me to an event.

Does a digital piano sound as good as a proper piano?

It does depend on the quality of the proper piano that you are comparing the digital piano with. A digital piano is nearly always better than the piano that you will find at a venue. You can hear the quality of the instrument I would bring by listening or downloading the music on this site.

Does a digital piano look like a normal piano?

The digital piano that I usually use doesn't really look like an acoustic piano, but it definitely does look neat and tidy. I can provide the normal digital piano free of charge, but if you are looking for something more like a real instrument I can now offer a digital baby grand piano for an additional charge of  £50. The regular digital piano and the digital baby grand piano are both shown below:

Yamaha P-155 Digital Piano

Yamaha P-155 Digital Piano

Digital  Baby Grand Piano

Digital Baby Grand Piano (front view)

 Digital Baby Grand - Side View

Digital Baby Grand Piano (side view)

Is there a chance that your piano or other equipment may break down on the day?

I usually bring a spare piano with me and I always have all my other equipment backed up up with spares. I have very seldom had an amplifier, piano or anything else fail on me at an event, but if it ever does happen I am always prepared.

How much space do you need?

As a solo pianist, using my regular digital piano, I can fit into the tiniest of spaces - a space of 1 metre X 1.5 metres being more than adequate. As a duo (piano and bass or piano and vocals) we would only need an additional 1 square metre which brings the performance area needed up to a meagre 1 metre X 2.5 metres. Space for larger line ups takes a little bit more working out as the musicians can be placed in a line or any number of other formations.

If we hire a bass player will he play a proper bass?

No offence to bass guitar players, but most people refer to a double bass as a proper bass. The bass players I use (mainly Mike Porter-Ward) always play a double bass which you can see in the photograph below:

Mike Porter-Ward

Will it be noisy if we have a drummer in the line up?

No, the drummers I use (usually Roy Jackson or Rod Brown) are skilled jazz drummers and are capable of playing very quietly. They are also masters of the long lost art playing with brushes which is ideal for background music. Also, the drum kit that they use is different from that of a rock drummer - one of the key differences being the diminutive size of the bass drum. A jazz kit does not produce anywhere near the same volume level as a rock kit.

What Happens When You Take A Break?

This isn't usually a problem as I usually have a CD player or MP3 player with me which I can plug into one of my compact PA systems.

Can you send us a playlist?

I don't usually work from a playlist. I prefer to pick the songs I am going to play at the time of the performance. This enables me to select material that matches the mood and the ambience of the event.

You can see a list of songs I play on the repertoire pages.

Can we request a few of songs?

Yes, most definitely. Just let me know your requests before your event and I'll make sure that I play them on the day.

Do you need some sort of cover if you are playing outside?

Protection from the elements is vital. The heat from the sun can be very harmful to electronic equipment and a sudden downpour could be disastrous. I can provide a gazebo for outside protection which is more than adequate for most situations.

Is it necessary to meet up with you before the event?

This isn't necessary as nearly everything has to be sorted out on the day of the event. No meeting beforehand can really help with the decisions that have to be made on the day. Music for ceremonies and other requests can usually be sorted out by email or telephone.

So How Much Will It Cost?

Prices are from £250 (for me as a solo pianist) depending on distance from venue and other requirements. Please contact me for a quote for your individual requirements.

How do I secure the booking?

After I've given you a quote and presuming that you have decided to go ahead with the booking: I'll send you a contract. In order to send you this contract I need to make sure that I have all following information:

The type of event (Wedding, engagement party, corporate dinner etc.)

The date of the event

The address of the venue including postcode

The line up (piano and bass, solo piano etc.)

A start time and a finish time

A contact number for if I have any queries

On the day emergency contact number (best man's mobile or similar)

Dress code (lounge suit, black tie etc.)

Any other requirements (music for ceremony, gazebo, radio microphone for speeches, extra long extension lead etc.)

I'll then usually send you the contract by email and then you can either sign the contract and post it back to me or confirm on line by clicking on the link included in the email.

Do you take a deposit?

Yes I do. After the contract has been signed and returned or confirmed on line, I send an invoice for a deposit of approximately 33% of the full fee.

How do I pay the balance?

I'll send you an invoice for the remaining balance and you can pay on the day of the event by either cash, cheque or by BACs.  I would, however, prefer the balance cash, rather than other forms of payment, if you are hiring me in a larger line up such as a duo, trio or band. This enables me to pay the musicians straight away - rather than making them wait for the cheque to clear in my bank, before paying them.

Is it OK to pay you beforehand just to get it out of the way?

If this is what you prefer then its OK with me.

Can I hear you play live?

Throughout the year I do play for quite a few events that are public, but Most of the work that I do consists of weddings, corporate events and private parties. Public events will always be advertised on this site here, or alternatively you can fill in my mailing list form on the left and I'll keep you informed of anything that is public. If you do join my mailing list it will entitle you to a free CD ROM of all the music on my site.

What about Public Liability insurance?

I have public liability insurance which is provided by Hencilla Canworth. The certificate can be viewed HERE.

Could I ask, in the interest of safety, that all children are kept out of the performance area. Also, they do like to twiddle knobs and press buttons which can make things very difficult for me.

Is your electrical equipment PAT Tested for safety?

Yes all my equipment has been tested by a qualified electrical engineer. My PAT Test Certificate can be viewed or downloaded at the end of this short section.

A PAT test certificate is not a legal requirement, but some venues like to see one. My PAT Test certificate proves that my power leads are tested for safety and only provides half the story. There is no real point in me providing proof that my equipment is safe if the power supply provided by the venue isn't. Electrical sockets in historic venues are frequently damaged or do not work.

A venue should provide a power supply socket of the 13 amp type (to BS 1363). It goes without saying that all power sources should be electrically safe and conform to the HSE EAW Act 1989, and amendments thereafter. Copies of venue Electrical Installation Safety Certificate (Periodic Inspection Report to NIC EIC standards) should be made available upon request by law. 

Please note that if a venue requests a copy of a PAT test certificate from a musician or entertainer, it is customary for them to provide a copy of their Electrical Installation Safety Certificate, and is illegal not to provide one if requested to do so.

If for whatever reason the venue cannot provide an Electrical Installation Safety Certificate, then I can do an 'on the spot' test. Firstly I would make a visual inspection of the socket making sure that it has been installed correctly and that there is nothing loose or damaged. After the preliminary inspection I would then use a professional socket tester which will give me either an 'OK' reading or give me a diagnosis of the problem. If the socket gives me an 'OK' reading, I would then plug something like a household light into the socket as a final check before plugging my keyboard or any other valuable equipment into the power supply.

My PAT Test Certificate can be viewed or downloaded HERE.

Recent Gigs Include:

9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

Last night I played the piano for a 1920s party at Pembroke House which is the Royal Naval...

3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

I’ve just got back home from doing a wedding in the Orangery at Whittlebury Park Golf and...

26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

Yesterday I played the piano at a wedding at the Starr Restaurant in Dunmow, Essex and it turned...

14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

Yesterday turned out to be quite a surprising day for me; and a very special day for both...

  • 9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

    9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:10
  • 3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

    3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:39
  • 26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

    26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow,...

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:47
  • 14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

    14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

    Monday, 16 June 2014 12:53
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No Piano?

No Problem

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I can bring a digital piano with me on the day and set it up anywhere you like. Please note that there is no additional cost for this. See image above.

 

 New!!! Baby Grand Piano Shell

Baby Grand Piano Shell 4

 A baby grand piano shell is now available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn't look right. It only costs an additional £80 to hire this which is a small fraction of what it would cost to hire the real thing. Click HERE or on the image for more ingormation


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I can be booked as a pianist for any Christmas party

Christmas Tree

Christmas is upon us again and lots of parties and other festivities have to be planned. I am often hiredas a pianist for Christmas parties - especially in London. Pianists are plentiful in South East England but there are so many parties happening that there is more than enough work for most of them. I am often asked to provide background dinner music, but Christmas often demands music of a more lively nature, and people often like to have a sing song. I  play lots of Christmas songs, but here are just two Christmas song medleys that I can provide song sheets for: 

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 1

Away in a Manger
Good Christian Men Rejoice
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
I Saw Three Ships
Hark the Herald Angels
O Come All Ye Faithful

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 2

The First Noel
While Shepherds Watched
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David's City
Good King Wenceslas
Ding Dong Merrily on High
We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 3

Deck the Halls
Jingle Bells
The Holly and the Ivy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 4

Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
White Christmas

 

Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have. 

 

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Looking for a Wedding Pianist?

Wedding Cake and Hat

I can provide different types of music for different parts of your wedding day. You can have classical music for the ceremony followed by solo jazz piano for the drinks reception. You can then have mellow dinner music during the wedding breakfast followed by a jazz trio for the evening. You can even have a Cockney sing-a-long  as part of your day. Just let me know your preferences and I'll try and accomodate. 

Whatever your requirements are - I'm sure that I can help you out. I always provide recorded music while I take my breaks and I can also supply a radio microphone for the speeches.


If you would like help with ceremony music then please visit this page

 

 

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Baby Grand Piano Shell Hire

 

 

A baby grand piano shell is available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn’t look quite right. This can be set up in about 45 minutes and it holds a conventional digital piano. A lot of people think that it is a real grand piano when they see it and are surprised when they find out that it is just a shell with a keyboard inside.It only costs an additional £80 for Eugene to bring this piece of equipment with him to an event. That is a small fraction of what it would be to hire a grand piano from a supplier.

There are a few limitations on where Eugene can offer this service, but it is fine for most situations. There are restrictions in Central Hertfordshire and other major cities due to parking problems. Please contact Eugene and he will try and get around any obstacles.

 Baby Grand Piano Shell 4

 

 

Baby Grand Piano Shell 3

There are limitations on where I'm able to offer the use of this digital baby grand piano. There are definitely restrictions in Central London and other major cities due to parking problems, but please contact me and I will try and get around any obstacles.

Baby Grand Piano Shell 2

I will carry on offering the Yamaha P155 digital piano at no additional extra cost. This instrument is very smart looking and is perfect for most events. See image below.

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You Can Contact Me and Get a Quote Here:

You Can Contact Me Here

 

You can get an online quote by just filling in the form below. You may not have all the information to fill in the complete form, but please make sure that you give me the following items of information:

a) The line-up you require i.e solo piano, duo with piano and vocals or trio etc.

b) An approximate start and finish time or how long you will need me for

c) The location of the venue - if you don't have a venue booked then a area or county will do.


If for any reason you believe that the above form hasn't submitted properly, please use the following contact details.

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Phone: 01342 835394

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