Live Wedding Music Essex

Live party duo for hire. Book a live covers band for weddings, parties & functions in Essex, Surrey, London & UK.

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Biography - About us

An incredibly popular live covers band for hire. Essence Duo have literally hundreds of testimonials from happy wedding couples (and event planners) after booking them for their music entertainment.  

Tim and Nina perform 3x 45-minute sets of live music plus DJ in between, giving you the best of both worlds (they've won awards for DJing too). Their sound and lighting/laser equipment heightens the atmosphere and you won't see another live duo provide such an impressive set-up (it's a lot of kit). With experience of performing at over 1650 weddings and a 100% reliability track record, you and your guests are guaranteed a great party to remember. Their proven track record and first hand experience of virtually every wedding venue in the South East means few others can match their experience. They can also be booked as an acoustic piano and vocal duo to provide background music for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions or for dining to. Ask about their full day piano, party duo and DJ packages! Nina can also be booked solo - (Click Nina B)

Nina has recorded and performed with many famous names and has even vocal coached Girls Aloud. Tim has written music for theatre productions and television. Together they won the 2013 Wedding Industry Award for 'Best Live Wedding Entertainment' (East of England) and the 2013 'Best Live Wedding Act' in the Essex Wedding Awards and have been finalists each year since! They clearly love what they do and always aim to exceed your expectations so you can relax in safe hands. 

Note: Essence Music was formed in 2008 by Tim from this duo - After they received over 2000 additional enquiries for dates they couldn't do because they were already booked. Hence naming the company after the duo where it all started! 

What we do and FAQ's

How long does it take you to set up?
About an hour

How much performance space do you need?
Width: 5m x Depth:3m

Are you happy to perform outside?
Yes, provided our equipment is well protected from rain and not too cold.

Can you learn requests or a first dance?
Yes, of course we can but would need a months notice.

How long do you play for?
Usually 3 sets of 45 minutes, if your event over-runs we can 'glue' our sets together so you still get same.

Do you provide your own lighting?
We have an impressive rig of programmed stage lighting, disco lights, uplighters and lasers/projectors.

What do you do during your break(s)
We don't take breaks, jumping straight on the decks to keep the party going by DJ'ing.

My venue has a sound limiter – is that a problem?
These have never been a problem as we've full control over our volume output.

Where are you based?
Essex & Surrey based, covers London, Kent, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Suffolk & UK.

Repertoire - the music/songs we play

500 Miles – The Proclaimers
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
A Town Called Malice – The Jam
All Of Me - John Legend
Angels – Robbie Williams
At Last – Etta James
Baby Can I Hold You Tonight – Boyzone
Black and Gold – Sam Sparro
Blame it on the Boogie – Jackson 5
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations


Testimonials and reviews

“My wife and I have a lot of friends who are well respected in the music and film industry. We knew that we had to book a group of musicians that would pass their critical ears test. Essence music did this and much more. If they had not have done so, we would have suffered for years to come.”
Bella and Mark,  Post Christmas Party, Tewinbury Farm, Hertfordshire

"Our guests and us were blown away. Beautiful. They even put a CD together for us afterwards. One of the most noticeable things, apart from their music, was they knew it was our day and unlike some bands had no intention of stealing the limelight.”
Wedding, Maison Talbooth, Essex

“We thought they were amazing and so talented. The dance floor was full at our wedding. I was so impressed that I booked them again for my 30th birthday this year and also some friends also had them at their wedding after seeing them at ours. They create a wonderful atmosphere. I could not have been happier with our choice of band.”
Gayle and Ben Welton, Wedding, Godalming, Surrey

“Simply brilliant from start to finish. We had a few problems with timings on the day and these didn't faze them at all. They simply filled in the time. A brilliant duo that I would highly recommend.”
Jamig Pacey, Wedding, Romford, Essex

“Tim promised us that he would make sure that the dance floor was always full and he wasn't wrong. The live music was excellent and Nina has an excellent voice. The mix between live music and DJ was also seamless. Without a doubt it was one of the best decisions we made booking Essence.”
Wedding, Le Talbooth, Dedham

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