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
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?
No, it doesn't but it definitely does look neat and tidy. Please
see picture on the right of the page.
How much space do you need?
As a solo pianist, using my 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 on the top of the page.
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
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
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
You can see a list of songs I play on the repertoire pages.
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
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
The type of event (Wedding, engagemant party, corpoorate dinner
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 speaches, extra long extension lead etc.)
I'll then usally 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'll send an invoice for a depoisit 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 in cash 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 thats 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 JLT. The certificate can be viewed or downloaded 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
Yes all my equipment has been tested by a qualified
electrical engineer. The certificate can be viewed or downloaded
It is customary for a venue to provide an Electrical Installation
Safety Certificate (Periodic Inspection Report to NIC EIC standards)
when requesting a PAT Test Certificate.
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.
Electrical sockets in historic venues are frequently damaged or
do not work. It is advisable to insist that the venue send you a
copy of their Electrical Installation Safety Certificate.
If for whatever reason the venue cannot provide an Electrical Installation
Safety Certificate (this would in actual fact be illegal), 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.