Live Wedding Music Essex

Pianist for hire. Piano player for weddings, dinner music, corporate events & more.

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Biography - About us

If you're looking to book a professional wedding pianist, just listen to Richard. You will not find a more talented piano player to hire! You hum it, he'll play it and his song repertoire runs into thousands. He can be booked for your wedding ceremony to accompany you down the aisle, as a cocktail pianist to entertain throughout a drinks reception or even to provide a night of modern/contemporary songs as background music.

If you've ever attended any West End shows chances are you may have heard him before as he was formerly a pianist for Les Misérables, Wicked and Singing in the Rain. He has accompanied artistes such as Sir Elton John, Joe Cocker, Gareth Gates and Pixie Lott and has performed for HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. His jazz trio have sailed the world on board both the QE2 and Queen Mary 2 and now he's available to you via Essence Music.

Note, Richard is also the keyboard player from the live function band Imit8. Therefore if you book these for your evening entertainment, then hiring Richard to play piano earlier in the day is a very cost effective option.

Ask about our piano and disco combination rates. 

What we do and FAQ's

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

How much performance space do you need?
Width: 2m x Depth:3m

Are you happy to perform outside?
Yes, weather permitting (safe outdoor electricity supply required).

Can you learn requests or a first dance?
Yes, I can learn requests in advance. I'm also happy to take "casual" requests on the day. You name it, I'll play it!

How long do you play for?
My fee includes playing for any or all of the parts of your wedding (ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast).

Do you provide your own lighting?
No, as I usually perform during the day. However, this can be organised for a small additional cost.

What do you do during your break(s)
I leave an iPod running with appropriate background music for your occasion.

My venue has a sound limiter – is that a problem?
As a solo pianist or small jazz combo, I've never encountered a problem with sound limiters.

Where are you based?
Based in London covering Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Essex, Sussex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Nationwide.

Repertoire - the music/songs we play

Adagio In G Minor - Albinoni
Africa - Toto
Ain't Misbehavin - Fats Waller
All Of Me - John Legend
All Of Me - Louis Armstrong
All Out Of Love - Air Supply
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Anything For You - Gloria Estefan
Always And Forever - Heatwave
Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
Theme From American Beauty
Angel - Sarah Mclachlan


Testimonials and reviews

"Rich’s playing was great, he played my wife’s favourite song down the aisle and the grand piano looked amazing in the ceremony. Our friends couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it sounded, it added some real magic to our big day."
Mr and Mrs M. Lewis, The Aviator TAG Hotel

"We’re so glad we booked you for our fabulous Prohibition tea party, it was really nice to have some live music for a change – SO different from our usual iPod playlist. We loved all the different types of tunes you played, but still kept it feeling like we were being naughty in the 1920s! Special thanks for accomodating all those requests from Jason’s friends. I think you knew some of them better than they did! The next time a friend has a party, we’re recommending YOU! 

p.s. Well done on your costume. You really put the croupiers to shame grin

Charlotte Sullivan, Private house party,Chelsea

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