Wedding pianist singer at Bartle Hall wedding Preston
Last Wednesday, the day finally arrived for Irene and Tony’s wedding at Bartle Hall. Irene had contacted me after searching for a wedding pianist on the internet.
After our initial meeting, we decided that I would perform for the ceremony during the day with a piano keyboard in one room. I would also set up the white baby grand piano and lights in a corner of the main room ready to perform during the evening function. I hadn’t played a wedding at Bartle Hall before and was very impressed with the team and level of service there with Hannah and new manager Stu.
The couple’s choice of ceremony music included the walk-in (processional) to Pachelbel’s Canon and signing the register to Einaudi’s piano instrumental I Giorni and Brian Crane’s Butterfly Waltz from the PS I Love You soundtrack. The newly-weds chose to walk out to You’ve Got A Friend In Me from the Toy Story soundtrack as a fun way to start their married life and a song that everybody loves.
I introduced the evening reception with Tony and Irene’s first dance Come Rain Or Come Shine. After a first set of dancing, guests were quite happy to chat and have a drink at the tables which had been set out around the piano. With a final flourish of slower dance songs to end the night, it was time to sit down properly and reflect on what had been a fantastic wedding day surrounded by friends and family.
Having taken another booking on the night, I look forward to seeing the happy couple again in a few months’ time. Happy days indeed!
Last Saturday, I performed at Jen and Richard’s lovely Rowton Hall wedding in Chester. Christmas is around the corner and love is definitely in the air…
I set up the white baby grand piano in the conservatory ready for the drinks reception. Since I was also providing piano music for their wedding ceremony, new roadie Ben set up a piano keyboard in the main room.
The couple had asked me to play some instrumental piano music for their wedding ceremony: Bella’s Lullaby to walk in to; Love Letters from Sex & The City soundtrack and Make You Feel My Love for the signing of the register and Skinny Love by Birdie to walk out to. All great pieces with very different styles: certainly a great combination for any wedding pianist.
Once I had played the newlyweds out, I moved over to the baby grand and played piano with vocals this time for the drinks reception. As requested, I started off with Love & Marriage and a good helping of Rat Pack and other more up to date songs from Jen and Richard’s list of requests.
After a quick turnaround by the very efficient Rowton Hall wedding team, the room was ready for the wedding breakfast. A fun couple and a great day to be part of: I wish the newlyweds every future happiness xx
Performing in the restaurant for a larger Inglewood Manor wedding party
Last night, I performed at Kristen and Daniel’s Inglewood Manor wedding celebrations. It turned out that Kristen’s family had previously lived in my old piano teacher Mrs Cameron’s house so I was determined to do her proud!
With an average size party of 60 or so guests, I would usually set up in the middle room facing the terrace. On the day however, we were at full capacity for an Inglewood Manor wedding with 103 guests! I set up the piano in the restaurant ready to start playing after speeches. Guests came out in high spirits following some very impressive speeches and we went straight into an extended singalong: It Must Be Love, Dakota, Everything, Shine, That’s Amore and some more Rat Pack for the father of the bride, Arthur…
After playing at so many daytime wedding receptions at Inglewood Manor in the other rooms, it was a nice change to play upbeat sets at the evening reception with such a great atmosphere all around. Thank you Fi for the photos and to the rest of the Inglewood Manor wedding team… A good night was had by all! Time now for some scales, Mrs Cameron…
Isla Gladstone wedding Liverpool pianist vocalist Simon Brown
Kate & Kevin had booked me to play at their Isla Gladstone wedding well in advance. I was looking forward to performing there for a long time – it was a new venue for me and I’d seen some stunning images.
By the time the big day arrived, I had 17 weddings booked for August – this was one of 6 on the run and it turned out to be the hottest day of the year… Luckily, cousin Jonno was over from Canada to roadie for me. I don’t think I’ve sung and laughed so much in one day for a while!
It was a cracking day: fantastic weather, guests were either sunning themselves outside during the drinks reception or sitting on the A/C vents inside the venue… It was hot but the atmosphere inside was quite relaxed. Once everybody was inside and the lovely food arrived from Pickled Walnut, it was clear that everyone was ready to party. The bride & groom’s list of favourite songs went down very well. Rounded off with a hands-in-the-air sing along of Hey Jude, it was a great start to married life for the new Mr & Mrs Walsh. Congratulations once again and I wish you all the best! x
Wedding entertainment at Sophie & Rob’s Thornton Manor wedding Wirral
Sophie had booked me as the pianist singer for her wedding about 18 months earlier. She had come to my studio with her Mum to talk about music and timings for her big day.
She didn’t realise at the time but Sophie’s best friend Claire had also secretly booked me already for her own wedding in May. This understandably freaked the pair of them out a bit – “how much alike are we!?”.
Sophie had a very clear idea of what she wanted on the day: a selection of love songs on piano and vocals during the long drinks reception; piano instrumental sets during the wedding breakfast to include PS I Love You by John Powell and Butterfly Waltz by Brian Crain; following the meal and some emotional speeches, some upbeat piano and vocals sets for the arrival of evening guests. Many familiar faces began to appear and there was a great buzz both inside and outside the large marquee. It was great to see the Richards clan in full force too!
I have to say that Thornton Manor lakeside marquee formed a beautiful backdrop for what was a lovely family occasion which was also blessed with great weather… A great day! Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Kurton! xx
Pianist singer providing wedding entertainment at Formby Hall
Steve and Katy got in touch regarding wedding entertainment for their Formby Hall wedding after seeing me perform at their friends’ wedding at Thornton Manor in 2011.
For their own wedding entertainment, they like the idea of building things up over the course of the drinks reception with the white baby grand piano and vocals downstairs. We then moved upstairs to the Ambassador Suite for the wedding breakfast where I had set up a piano keyboard.
Guests were spread around the hotel during the drinks reception but we had plenty of singalongs during the meal wrapping up with another napkin-waving Hey Jude, Delilah, Imagine and Shine for the Take That hardcore who had been leading the choruses.
We had planned to do a karaoke set downstairs after the speeches as this had been a big hit at the earlier Thornton Manor wedding but a Formby Hall wedding record two and a quarter hours of speeches meant thatthe team were keen to get the evening guests upstairs to begin the evening function after an inspired 15 minute turnaround…
Every wedding is different and Steve and Katy absolutely did it their way. I had a great time during the day with their party of fun guests, full of characters and I’m sure they had a great night. All the best to the new Mr & Mrs Pellow! x
Last night, I performed at Franco and Ita’s long awaited wedding at the award-winning East Lodge Hotel in Rowsley near Matlock, Derbyshire. The hotel itself was very impressive as was the level of service although with seemingly limitless courses in the Italian-themed wedding breakfast, things were running a little behind schedule.
The bride and groom - Ita and Franco - had asked me to provide their wedding entertainment for the evening with piano vocal versions of songs by the Rat Pack, Billy Joel, U2, Eagles, Killers, Coldplay, etc as well as some familiar Irish and Italian songs for their wedding guests. Despite the weather outside, there was a great atmosphere inside the hotel and with Franco filling in on piano during my breaks it really was non-stop!! Desidero per voi tutta la felicità di questo mondo!
pianist & vocalist for the wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast at West Tower
On Sunday, I was back at my favourite Lancashire wedding venue: West Tower in Aughton near Ormskirk. For the arrival of guests and the actual wedding ceremony, the bride Cat had asked me to prepare some special pieces including “Bella’s Lullaby” and “The Meadow” from the Twilight soundtracks. I also included “Love Letters” from the Sex & The City soundtrack which I had first played at another wedding at West Tower just the week before..On the day, Cat actually walked in to my piano version of “Something” by the Beatles and looked absolutely stunning.
pianist for the wedding drinks reception at West Tower
As usual at a West Tower wedding, the drinks reception was held downstairs in the bar area where I had already set up a second piano keyboard for a “seamless transition”.
After the guests had downed their mulled wine and champagne, it was time to head back upstairs to the baby grand for the wedding breakfast and what turned out to be a proper Liverpool singalong even before the desserts came out!! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! xx
Liverpool Playhouse celebrated 100 years of theatre yesterday with events throughout the day and a gala performance of “The Ladykillers” in the evening.
I set up as lounge pianist for attending guests at the drinks reception and again later at the aftershow party where I added some vocals…
“Ladykillers” was absolutely brilliant – very funny, a clever set and great performances by all actors. Everybody loved it and so there was a real atmosphere of celebration the aftershow party. I have to take my hat off to Flock of Seagulls Frank for an inspired singalong and thank Rowena, Amy, Sarah and the rest of the team for making it such a memorable night. Congratulations! And here’s to the next hundred…!!
Thornton Hall Hotel wedding entertainment – Singing Piano Man
I was playing at another great Thornton Hall Hotel wedding last night.
I had spoken with Matt about options for their wedding day on the August bank holiday Monday: I often cover the drinks reception and wedding breakfast part of the day. However, they were keen to bridge the gap between daytime and night-time entertainment, afraid that guests would be bored if there was no entertainment at that point. It can be a good time for guests to stretch their legs after the meal and to catch up with other guests who weren’t seated at their table for example. But Matt and Claire knew their family and friends wanted to party so they asked me to play some upbeat piano sets and to bring an extra microphone or two…
I set up the white baby grand in the bar area while speeches were going on in the Pulford Suite. That way I could surprise guests with a 6ft white baby grand piano suddenly in the bar when they came out. There were more than a few characters amongst the guests so by 8 o’clock we had a full on singalong around the piano. Then a few guest singers took up the offer of a spare mic to sing some Rat Pack including the groom himself: Matt sang “That’s Life” to his beautiful bride Claire who then returned the compliment with a great rendition of Duffy’s “Mercy”. I carried on taking requests for old singalong favourites like Delilah, Daydream Believer, Sweet Caroline, That’s Amore, Champagne Supernova, Shine, etc then played for the best man as he belted out ”Green, Green Grass Of Home”.
As soon as the very efficient Thornton Hall Hotel wedding team had turned the Pulford Suite around, it was time to hand over to the band…. and catch a breath! What a great crowd! All the best to the happy couple!!