Pianist

I am a widely experienced, passionate pianist who specalises in the pop and jazz music of the last 100 years. My music has taken me to many prestigious venues including Casino de Monte-Carlo, Abbey Road Studios, Alexandra Palace, The National Space Centre, The Churchill, The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Allington Castle,  Hyatt Regency and the Pennyhill Park Hotel. I have developed my craft over the last decade with residencies at venues such as Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion and Brighton's famous Grand Hotel. 

 

I am always happy to learn new requests for wedding ceremonies and will adapt my playing and style to your day. My repertoire will keep all your guests happy, featuring everything from American Songbook standards, to classic pop favourites, and many recent chart and movie hits too. I am a young and friendly, approachable, considerate player and I always enjoy what I do. 

Testimonials

"As well as being a very good pianist, David was professional and friendly. We received many comments on the evening about how good his music was. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David to colleagues and friends. He even played some space related tunes to fit our event! "

The National Space Academy, 15th October 2018

"The music David played was fantastic, absolutely fantastic! Just what we’d asked for in advance as we had a retro theme. All our guests kept complimenting how amazing his playing was, he played for the duration of our lunchtime reception for two solid hours. We can’t recommend David highly enough. Would hire him again without hesitation. Such a lovely guy. Thank you for bringing a touch of class to our big day."

Louise & Rob, 13th April 2019

"We very much enjoyed your piano playing at our dinner party. Your carols were perfect and you managed to bring us all along singing in spite of us not being too tuneful. After dinner we all really liked your background popular music."

Sir William and Lady Renice Castell, 2nd December 2016,

"You did amazing yesterday and really made the sit down meal enjoyable. So many people have been talking about how great you were! The Disney numbers - what a treat! We enjoyed it immensely."

Lisa Mitchell, 5th April 2018

"I just wished to write to say a big thank you for your lovely piano playing at our event on Saturday. It was perfect background music which really added to the event and your playing was very much enjoyed by all of the guests."

Jane Clarke, 17th August 2019

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing the piano at our wedding! It was exactly what we had hoped for and we couldn’t be happier with the lovely and professional service received throughout. Thank you for accommodating all of our song choices and even fitting in our last minute request to extend your playing time, we really appreciate this. 
We are absolutely delighted with how it went on the day and will certainly be happy to recommend you in the future!”

Mariana and Stephen,  4th August 2018

"I wanted to thank you so much for playing on my daughter's Christening event last year in Hyatt Regency Hotel. Your performance was incredibly stylish and our guests still remember this! Thank you again!!"

​Ksenia Anikeeva,12th June 2016

"Thank you so much for your accomplished playing at our special day.  It was much appreciated by all our guest and Michelle and I.  We are very grateful.  I look forwarding to hearing you play again someday."

Barry & Michelle, 23rd March 2018

"David came highly recommended for our wedding on Worthing Pier. He was a pleasure to deal with from the start - from his excellent correspondence and his willingness to accommodate our requests, down to a fantastic performance during the entire celebration. Thank you, David for contributing to our special day in such a professional and easy going manner."

Mike and Lottie,14th April 2017

"David played for my 63rd birthday at the excellent Blanch House hotel in Brighton.  (Actually I was really 70 but keep it to yourselves.)  His ears would be burning if he heard the number of appreciative comments from my forty guests.  A wide repertoire of jazz and standards suited the occasion perfectly as did his personality and friendly engagement with the guests when he took a brief break.  His was a brilliant contribution to a very happy occasion, and I cannot recommend him too highly.  Thanks, David, so very much indeed."

Stephen Churchett, 9th April 2017

"Thanks for your non-stop and totally pitched choice of music which all generations enjoyed. My mother said you were the icing on the cake on their diamond wedding anniversary party. Please keep in contact and we would love to see you at one of your regular venues!"

Richard and Celia Rawson, 10th March 2018

"David provided the perfect highlight to our 80th surprise birthday 
party for my mother-in-law. He played pretty much continuously for our guests, picking a great assortment of music. Everyone gave high 
compliment for the quality of play, David's professionalism and 
friendliness. David is worth every penny and I would recommend him for all occasions. Thank you again for framing our special memory with your delightful music"

Mike Lee, 27th January 2018

​"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding, it really did make the day so special for us and everyone commented on how amazing you were. You have been so friendly and helpful from the start, thank you so much."

Rachel and Simon, 21st July 2017

"Thank you very much for coming to Stansted House on Saturday and playing so beautifully for Jocelyn and Sam’s wedding. It makes so much difference having live music at ceremonies and it was appreciated, not just by me, but the guests as well."

Rosemary, 5th October 2019

"David played at our wedding on Worthing Pier.  He is a lovely man, who not only played beautifully, but really listened to what we wanted and worked with us to achieve our more unusual requests - to great success.  Thank you David!" 

Leonie and Adam, 1st October 2016

"Thank you for playing the piano at our wedding last Friday. You were brilliant and made our wedding very special."

Graham and Anne, 18th October 2019

"I just want to say a massive thank you to you and Laura!! You were both absolutely brilliant and played a special part in our perfect day."

Claire Gerrard, 24th June 2017, 
 

"David played for us during our wedding at Worthing's Southern Pavilion after we had heard him play there previously. From the initial contact, David was so thoughtful and really wanted to make our day special. He asked us for requests and offered other musical duties like putting the iPod on! He put us both at ease and our guests were very complimentary about his musical talents. The music was perfect for the setting. I have no idea how he dealt with all the children who instantly became musical enthusiasts but he graciously let them join him at the piano! An absolute star!"

Lisa and Alan Duff, 21st May 2016

"Thank you for your amazing set yesterday. Your skill is a joy to listen to and it definitely impressed our guests that you were able to play non-stop for us for so long. I hope to keep in touch and maybe even work out some lessons in the New Year. Wishing you all the best in your musical endeavours." 

Shirley Benn, 27th November 2016

 


"David played at my mums 80th party at the Grand hotel in Brighton which made a wonderful atmosphere for the event. He was able to bring a key board so we could have the piano played in the function room. He played a wonderful repertoire and everyone commented on how beautifully he played and how great it was to have a pianist at the event. It was a pleasure dealing with David to make the arrangements and I would highly recommend him for any event."

Karen Blatchford, 3rd Jan 2016

"David played the grand piano for our wedding on the 8th October at Horsted Place during the welcome drinks and canapés. His music created a wonderful background atmosphere against which our guests were able to relax and talk. During the photo sessions he followed us into the garden with his keyboard and continued to play despite the drizzle.
David played the songs we requested, some of which were new to his repertoire. One of our guests is a professional musician and she was extremely impressed by his skill set. I was impressed not only with David's music but also the professional manner in which he presented and played."

Naomi and Steve, 8th October 2016

"​We both wanted to thank you for doing such a brilliant and professional job at our wedding. You were wonderful, the music was spot on and many of our guests commented how much they liked you. Paul wanted to mention he especially loved your performance of Riders on the Storm, thank you so much for learning to play this one for us, it made his day! We had quite a few laughs too from our guests about the Imperial March. Thank you for making our wedding day all the more special, we wish you all the best in the future and would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our friends. Hope to catch you playing at the Pier sometime soon, our little boy was disappointed you were not playing when were last there!"

Adriana and Paul, 17th September 2016

 


"We booked David to play at our wedding after hearing him play at Worthing Pier. He was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout, offering to learn requests and always very swift to respond to any questions. On the day, David created a wonderful atmosphere, managing to play our favourite songs whilst entertaining some toddlers! Everyone commented on how fantastic he was, and we really couldn't agree more."
Ella and Alex, 6th August 2016

​"A lovely swinging pianist, sensitive to the atmosphere of the party and very friendly and helpful. Great fun to work with and to listen to; we have had lots of excellent feedback and will be asking him back again to play."

Jeremy and Joanna Heal, 17th December 2016

​"Thank you so much for playing at my mum's funeral. You played so lovely, it was just perfect. Great choice of music and just the right level of sound for the occasion. Everyone enjoyed your playing."

Lyn Barnard, 20th March 2017   

 


"Thank you so VERY much for your exceptional piano playing. It was such an appropriate, tasteful and classy way to start our birthday party. Everyone was commenting on how wonderful you, and the whole experience at the South Pavilion was. So, thank you for helping to make my birthday such an amazing evening.. almost worth being 50 for!"

Diane Cantrell, 16th Jan 2016

"David is a talented young pianist whom has played regular lunch time sessions here at Brick Kiln Garden Cafe near Chichester, since April 2016. He plays with elegance and fluidity and is extremely melodious. He’s always a very polite and pleasant young man. Reliably and suitably dressed. He interacts well with our lunch time customers,  continuing to play whilst holding enthusiastic conversation with them! He is proving to be quite popular! We hope to continue working with David for many years to come."

Vicky Smith, 15th July 2016

 


"David was an absolute pleasure to have as part of our wedding day. He was an professional from start to finish. He was fantastic to work with prior to the wedding, and truly went the extra mile for us by learning a new and unusual piece for our 'here comes the bride' aisle walk plus he was 100% receptive to the playlist we asked him to put together. We had so many comments on David's playing during and after the wedding day; he played beautifully and his repertoire fitted perfectly with our wedding, which was a bit more alternative and quirky. David's style was also fresh and unpretentious, which is so different to many of the more stuffy pianists we've seen at other weddings. We honestly cannot recommend David enough; we were so particular about our wedding day and wanted everything to be perfect, and David absolutely delivered. Thanks so much David!" ​

Faye and Bradley, ​7th May 2015

"Thank you so much for your performance at our reception at Wickwoods. Everyone really enjoyed it and it made the perfect background music for it."

Matt and Katy Sansbury, 22nd October 2016,

"Our wonderful day was made even more wonderful by the delightful playing from David throughout the day - everyone said how lovely it was to have piano music in the background, and it truly complimented our celebrations.  Thank you David!"

Jo and David Crouch, 3rd Sept 2016

 


"You did a fabulous job on the day, and made it so special. Thank you so much for your skill and talent, we look forward to seeing you play again at the pier."

Giles & Zoe Eccleston, 27th June 2015,
 


"Thank you for playing so beautifully, and for all your added assistance with the iPod music. Everybody absolutely loved you and I am just sorry I didn’t get to hear more of your playing. I can’t thank you enough again for helping make our day special."

Clare and Richard, 4th July 2013
 


"In my time working with David as an artist through Hireaband, I have always found him to be professional in every manor. I have also had the privilege to see him perform on a number of occasion and his obvious talent is clear. Not only is he skilled piano player but he is also adapt at performing in any genre, and has a talent in knowing the right parts to play to compliment any style of music. As a solo musician he is able to cater his skills to providing a rounded and personal performance for any event. I look forward to working with him more in the future."

Irving Walker,​ Director of HireABand London, 16th Nov 2013

A Typical Setlist

My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone

Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles

Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin

All of Me - John Legend

Dancing Queen - ABBA

Someone Like You - Adele

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Frankie Valli

Close To You - The Carpenters

Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

It Must Be Love - Madness

Your Song - Elton John

Dream A Little Dream of Me - Ella & Louis

My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music

Life of Mars - David Bowie

I Got Rhythm - Ella Fitzgerald

Don't Mean A Thing - Duke Ellington

Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

Careless Whisper - George Michael

L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole

Beauty and The Beast - Alan Menken

You've Got A Friend in Me  from Toy Story

A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman

City of Stars from La La Land

We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

Full Repertoire

1920s-40s
As Time Goes By from ​Casablanca
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
​In The Mood - Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn​​
Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Vera Lynn
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
Everytime We Say Goodbye – Cole Porter
Let's Do It – Cole Porter
Summertime – Gershwin
Embraceable You – Gershwin
Our Love Is Here To Stay – Gershwin
But Not For Me – Gershwin
I Got Rhythm – Gershwin
Oh, Lady Be Good - Gershwin
The Lady Is A Tramp – Rodgers & Hart
Blue Moon – Rodgers & Hart
Bewitched – Rodgers & Hart
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
All of Me - Frank Sinatra
​Anything Goes – Cole Porter
Bei Mir Bistu Shein - The Andrew Sisters
​Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller

Let's Face The Music and Dance - Irving Berlin
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
It Don't Mean A Thing - Duke Ellington 
Take The A Train - Duke Ellington

We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside -Mark Sheridan
Night & Day - Ella Fitzgerald

I Don't Want To Set The World on Fire - The Ink Spots
When The Saints - Louis Armstrong
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ella & Louis
Let's Fall In Love - Ella Fitzgerald 

Puttin' on the Ritz - Ella Fitzgerald
Georgia On My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael

1950s-60s
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Frankie Valli

Autumn Leaves - Bill Evans

Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel In) - Teresa Brewer
Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
It's Now or Never – Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
​Return To Sender - Elvis Presley
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
All My Loving - The Beatles

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles​
Yesterday - The Beatles
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles

Something – The Beatles

In My Life - The Beatles

Blackbird - The Beatles 

Let It Be - The Beatles

Michelle - The Beatles

Here, There & Everywhere – The Beatles
Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert
Eggs In The Morning - Dean Martin
The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book
King Of The Swingers from ​The Jungle Book
Smile - Nat King Cole
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
It Was A Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Somethin' Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Bring Me Sunshine - Morecambe & Wise
​Dock of The Bay - Otis Redding

Put On Your Sunday Clothes from Hello Dolly
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
​Two To Tango - Pearl Bailey
The Girl from Ipanema – Jobim

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins
Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins
The Pink Panther Theme - Mancini
At Last - Etta James

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Carole King
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Misty – Erroll Garner
Do Re Mi – from The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music – Rodgers & Hammerstein
Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music
My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music

Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel
The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
What The World Needs Now - Dionne Warwick
Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan​
Amazing Grace - Trad.
I've Got  A Woman - Ray Charles​
All Blues - Miles Davis
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
​Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cook
Moon River - Andy Williams

Linus & Lucy from 'Peanuts'
Song for my Father - Horace Silver

For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder​

Mr Sandman – The Chordettes


1970s-80s
Careless Whisper – George Michael
Life on Mars? - David Bowie

Space Oddity - David Bowie

Easy - Commodores

Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
Close To You – The Carpenters
Yesterday Once More - The Carpenters
​We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Imagine - John Lennon
Ben - Michael Jackson
Your Song - Elton John
Rocket Man - Elton John
Candle In The Wind - Elton John
Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word - Elton John

Pure Imagination from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Always Look On The Bright Side of Life - Eric Idle
​It Must Be Love - Madness
​Dancing Queen – ABBA
Knowing Me, Knowing You – ABBA
Chariots Of Fire - Vangelis
Purple Rain - Prince
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
The Imperial March from Star Wars

Leia's Theme from Star Wars

Binary Sunset from Star Wars
The Cantina Band from​ Star Wars
​Vincent - Don Mclean
Lately - Stevie Wonder
I Just Called To Say - Stevie Wonder
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder​
Desperado - The Eagles
She - Charles Aznavour
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Moondance - Van Morrison

Heaven - Bryan Adams

1990s-present

Never Enough from The Greatest Showman

A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman

This Is Me from The Greatest Showman

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Photograph – Ed Sheeran

Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

How Far Will I Go from Disney's Moana

Let Her Go - Passenger

All of Me - John Legend

Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter

The Jurassic Park Theme - John Williams

Clocks - Coldplay

Something Just Like This - Coldplay 

I'll Be There for You (Theme from 'Friends')

Let It Go from Frozen

Theme from Monsters Inc - Randy Newman

Under The Sea  from The Little Mermaid

Rather Be – Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne
City of Stars 
from ​La La Land
Another Day of Sun from ​La La Land
Main Theme from ​La La Land

Married Life from Pixar's 'UP!'

All About You - Mcfly

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Fields of Gold - Sting/Eva Cassidy

​Under The Sea from The Little Mermaid

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Someone Like You - Adele

Can You Feel The Love Tonight? - Elton John

You've Got A Friend from Toy Story

Jessie's Song (When She Loved Me) from Toy Story
A Whole New World from Aladdin

Beauty and The Beast - Alan Menken 

Be Our Guest - Alan Menken 

Somewhere Only We Know - Keane/Lily Allen

You Do Something to Me - Paul Weller

Mad World - Tears for Fears/Gary Jules
Better Together - Jack Johnson
The Luckiest - Ben Folds​

Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars

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