Performing as a Pianist in Somerset
For some reason, Somerset has always provided me with a constant stream of work as a pianist. Although I do play for many types of events, the bulk of my work is as a wedding pianist. The reason for this is that Somerset has many wonderful venues, especially rural ones.
I do play the piano for a lot of weddings, but I also provide music for corporate events and private parties. Besides these, I am also booked for quite a few outdoor events and music festivals.
From a Solo Pianist to a Jazz Band
A lot of my work in Somerset is as a solo pianist, but I am booked more and more as a larger line-up with other musicians. The line line-ups I provide are anything from 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 bass
- Trio – piano, bass, and drums
- Quartet – piano, bass, drums, and sax
If you contact me I can help you find a line-up that will match both your budget and space at your chosen venue.
The biggest part of my work in the Somerset area is as a jazz pianist, but my music is not ultra-modern. My main influences are pianists such as George shearing, Erroll Garner, and Dudley Moore. I prefer an older style of jazz which has more general appeal.
Above all, I try and make my piano music entertaining and I play tunes that people know and love. I try to make my music add sparkle to your event, without drowning conversation.
Because of my work as a wedding pianist in the Somerset area, I have to be able to play all styles of music. Besides jazz I do play music from many other genres such as rock, Latin, sing-a-long, classical, and pop.
My Work in Somerset as a Sing-along Pianist
A recent trend in Somerset has been to book me as a sing-along pianist. This has become something that I enjoy more and more. The events that require this type of music tend to be informal ones. These include Peaky Blinders evenings, Wartime events and Cockney nights.
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Here are some of the venues I’ve visited in Somerset as a pianist:
- Combe House Hotel, Holford, Somerset TA5 1RZ. A lovely setting and a great venue. I have played the piano here on a number of occasions and I always look forward to my next visit. Unfortunately, the venue doesn’t own a piano so I have to take a digital piano with me.
- Hornsbury Mill, Eleighwater, Chard, Somerset TA20 3AQ
- Orchardleigh House, Orchardleigh Park, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PH
- Priston Mill, Bath, Somerset BA2 9EQ
- St. Audries Park , West Quantoxhead, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4DS. This venue does have a piano in one of the rooms. However, I am often required to play in other areas of the venue and I have to play a digital piano.
- Tone Dale House, Wellington Somerset
- Wood’s Restaurant , 9 – 13 Alfred Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 2QX. Wood’s has a really nice grand piano and it is always nice for me to play here. Being booked as a pianist in Bath is something I always look forward to.
- The Beambridge Inn, Wellington, Somerset TA21 0HB
- The Longhouse – Mill on the Brue, Trendle Farm, Tower Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0BA
- The John Rennie – Bath Narrowboats, Sydney Wharf, Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 4EL
- The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, 16 Royal Cres, Bath BA1 2LS
- The Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ
- Tythe Barn, Priston Mill, Priston, Bath BA2 9EQ