Art of Piano: Pianist for every occasion

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Experienced solo pianist for ceremonies, drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts. Also able to play the organ for church ceremonies and can organised custom groups from duo to full band.
Details
Type of Performer(s) or Business
Ensemble / Group
Function Band
Jazz Band
Solo Musician
Style of Music
Acoustic
Cermony Music
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Funk / 70s / Disco
Jazz
Pop / Rock
Rat Pack / Swing
Reception Music
Soul / Motown / RnB
Swing / Jive
Tribute
Primary Instrument(s)
Complete Band
Organ
Piano
Additional Services
Learn New Songs
Pre-wedding Consultation
Take Requests
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
  • £250
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Full Description
  • Hello! My name is Aidan Goldstraw, and I'm a very experienced solo pianist for weddings, civil partnerships, parties, corporate and other key events. I play all styles of music, including classical, jazz and pop, and have a vast repertoire to call upon for each individual occasion. As well as solo piano, I can also offer various configurations and styles of groups to enhance your special occasion, from duo up to sextet and in styles ranging from straight-ahead party band to a swinging 'Rat Pack' experience. I am a full-time professional musician and as such, I'm available throughout the UK (and overseas by arrangement). I have appeared at many of the country's top venues, including Blenheim Palace, Woburn Abbey, The Dorchester and The Savoy. You will enjoy the advantages of working with a friendly professional who will provide support and feedback throughout the process, including formal contracts.
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    2005
    Public Liability Insurance
    Yes
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Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England
    • Travel Notes
    • I will travel anywhere in the UK (and overseas by individual arrangement) – obviously costs will vary, dependent on the distance from my home in Stoke-on-Trent.
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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?
My first time at Blenheim Palace. As well as my solo work, I also accompanied opera/crossover singer Laura Wright (then a member of 'classical girl band' All Angels) and to cap it all, the meal was being filmed for the BBC's Masterchef programme, so I had Greg Wallace and John Torode regularly peering over my shoulder!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Inventive, Melodic, Smooth, Detailed, Expressive
What about your business are you most proud of?
Going from a web site to a fully-fledged business in less than a year.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't stress, and accept that 99.9% of weddings never run to an exact timetable – relax and enjoy it!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A couple of weddings where the bride and groom had their pet dog attend and play a part. As an animal-lover myself, that's always great to see!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
No wedding is the same as another, so the key is listening to what the couple want, and doing my best to achieve it. I start by taking some very basic details and framing a contract, but after that it's entirely up to the couple as to how much they want to customise the experience.
What makes a romantic first dance?
It has to have some emotional resonance or significance for the couple. Get that in place, and romance does the rest!
What is your number one floor-filler?
Solo pianists aren't really 'floor-fillers' by definition but when I play in a band situation, the answer to that question is definitely Superstition by Stevie Wonder.
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?
The Beatles – what else?
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Every kind of music possible, basically! I've been mad about music since I was a small child, and started learning the piano when I was five.
Bridebook benefits
  • Bridebook Discount: 5%