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I have worked not only as a wedding pianist since leaving school, but also as a professional entertainer. This gives me a unique advantage over other pianists by being able to read a crowd and play to the situation.
Many pianists will be restricted by having to read from music. I am a memory player so have a large repertoire in my head!
I have been playing the piano since the age of 12, taking a particular interest because both my parents were also keen pianists.
Even as a schoolboy I was playing school/church concerts, hospitals, residential homes, restaurants, in fact; anywhere I could get my hands on a piano! After leaving school, I also developed my own act, and started to include the keyboard and vocals. I also play the ukulele/ukulele banjo, which I include in my act.
I was married in 2004 to Ekaterina Shetliffe. She's a busy classically trained pianist & piano teacher who performs many concerts not only solo, but as an accompanist for one of Russia's most renowned balalaika players! She also founded her own duo; 'Elegance'. You can check out their website here; https://www.eleganceduo.com/
We have 2 daughters, both learning the piano!
I also can be booked as a keyboard vocalist entertainer.
I have a vast repertoire of music, and can easily provide a full nights entertainment on my own not only with the keyboard, but I also feature the ukulele and include comedy.
I have been booked both privately and by numerous hotel chains including Shearings, Ledger and Britannia.
Please contact me for pricing information to receive a no-obligation competitive quote.
I will need to know venue location, date of event and start and finish times that you will require me to play.
Concessions will also be made for regular/block bookings.
WEDDINGS/ CIVIL CEREMONIES
Create the perfect ambiance for your special day. With over 25 years of experience, I can create a mood to remember.
For a demonstration of my solo piano playing, please check the player at the bottom of the page.
No piano at the venue? ...No problem!
I can supply a digital piano at no extra charge!
Check out the music player to hear some samples of my playing.
MUSIC FOR DINING / AMBIENCE
When performing restaurant background music, I feel it is important not to be too obtrusive, but I equally feel just because it's background it doesn't have to be boring!
Getting this balance right is crucial in creating the right atmosphere for a customers dining experience. The ambiance created by a live pianist just can't be replicated with piped music, and I often receive & play requests, giving their experience at your business a very personal feel.
No piano?... No problem, I can supply a digital piano taking up very little space.
I am also happy to arrange a meeting to discuss any particular needs that your business requires, and will do a reduced rate for regular/block bookings.
Check out the video below to hear varying styles of my playing, emulating a traditional piano cocktail style with improvisation, ensuring it won't all sound the same!
A SELECTION OF MY PAST & PRESENT VENUES
Hotels I've performed at for weddings/lunches/cabaret include:
Bay Esplanade Hotel, Berry Head Hotel Brixham, Imperial Hotel Exmouth, Belgrave Sands Hotel & Spa Torquay, Palace Hotel Paignton, Imperial Hotel Torquay, Bay Grand Hotel Exmouth, Queen's Hotel Paignton, Livermead House Hotel Torquay
WEDDING VENUES INCLUDE;
Powderham Castle, Kentisbury Grange, Kitley House, Dartington Hall, Lewtrenchard Manor, Stoodleigh Court, Bovey Castle, Endsleigh House Hotel
Numerous private home bookings for Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries as well as residential homes and churches. Regular appearances at the Rose Cottage tea Garden Cockington since 2003 to present
Music for all....
With a love of all things music, I am fortunate to have a vast repertoire of favourites. As a memory player, I have built up a personal collection of tunes that most people recognise and love.
Some of my requests have included Songs from the musicals, Disney, chart hits and classical.
Previous wedding requests have included;
All of me (John Legend) A Thousand years (Christina Perri) How long will I love you (Ellie Goulding) Make you feel my love (Adele) Canon in 'D' (Pachelbel)
Please let me know if you have any favourites so I can play them on the day.
Lee played at our wedding and I have to say, it was some of the most beautiful piano music we have ever heard. Our wedding guests were mesmerised during the wedding breakfast. Lee listened to our requests, played what we wanted and not a note was out of tune. Lee’s addition to our wedding was simply unsurpassed and we couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Thank you Lee for making our wedding breakfast so unbelievably special. We can’t thank you I enough. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.