Performing as a Pianist in South Wales.
I enjoy performing as a pianist in South Wales as the people are very musical and appreciative. Over the last few years, I have got to know many musicians who live there. Furthermore, and I have found them to be a great bunch of guys to work with.
South Wales seems to host a lot of weddings and most of the time I’m booked as a wedding pianist. However, I also provide music for private parties, corporate events, and outdoor events. When it comes to outdoor events, I can run my equipment without mains electricity. Also, I can provide a gazebo for cover, if needed.
From a Solo Pianist to a Jazz Band
Most of the past work I have done in South Wales has been as a solo pianist but I’m starting to do more and more with larger line-ups. I can provide any line-up from just a duo (piano and bass or piano and vocals) right up to a five-piece jazz band. Here is a full list of the line-ups I can offer:
- Duo – piano and vocals or piano and bass
- Trio – piano, bass and vocals or piano, bass and drums
- Quartet – piano, bass, drums and vocals or piano, bass, drums and sax
- Five Piece Jazz Band – piano, bass, drums, sax and vocals
If you contact me I can help you find a line-up that will match both your budget and space at your chosen venue.
Most of my visits to South Wales are as a jazz pianist. The music I play is easy to listen to and is not ultra-modern. My influences are jazz pianists like Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, and Dudley Moore – rather than being influenced by the music of the Be-Bop genre (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, etc.).
I try and make my music have a ‘feel-good’ quality. I also hope my music will add sparkle to your event, without drowning conversation.
My work as a wedding pianist involves playing other styles of music besides jazz. It isn’t uncommon for couples to have a different style of music for each part of the wedding day. These styles play include pop, blues, rock, Latin, classical, and even sing-along.
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Here are some of the venues I’ve visited in Wales as a pianist:
- Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Penycae, Powys
- Celtic Manor, Coldra Woods The Usk Valley, Newport
- De Valence Pavilion, Upper Frog Street Tenby, Dyfed
- Morlais Castle Golf Club, Pant, Merthyr Tydfil
- Penmaen House, Penmaen, Swansea, Gower, Glamorgan
- Peterstone Court Hotel, Llanhamlach, Brecon, Powys
- St Mellons Hotel and Country Club, Cardiff, Glamorgan
- Celtic Manor Resort (The), Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, Gwent
- The West House Country Hotel, West Street, Llantwit Major, Glamorgan
- Maes Manor Country, Hotel & Restaurant, Maes Rudded Lane, Blackwood
- Portmeirion Hotel, Portmeirion, Gwynedd
- University Of Wales Newport, Caerleon Campus, Newport, Glamorgan
- Portmeirion Town Hall, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales
- Glynneath Golf Club, Penygraig, Pontneddfechan, Neath Port Talbot
- Buckland Hall, Bwlch, Brecon Beacons, Powys
- Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn, Powys