Carl the Pianist
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Carl is a highly respected professional, hard working and enthusiastic pianist from Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom.
Type of Performer(s) or Business
Style of Music
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Funk / 70s / Disco
Pop / Rock
Rat Pack / Swing
Soul / Motown / RnB
Swing / Jive
Learn New Songs
Noise Limiter Experience
Pricing & Costs
- His vast experience has found him in constant demand and he regularly plays for a wide variety of events throughout the UK and Europe. Carl has performed for The BBC, ITV, The Savoy, The House of Lords, The Ministry of Defense, Hilton Group, York University, Lulworth Castle as well as hundreds of mainstream hotels and bars. Carl enjoys an eclectic and versatile musical repertoire of over 1300 pieces; he is equally comfortable playing classical music as he is the latest hits, not to mention jazz, blues, rock and pop! His specialities include: Easy Listening (1900-2016) Upbeat Pop & Rock Jazz and Cocktail Classical (background and concert) Carl is able to play with or without sheet music and is confident taking requests, improvising on demand as well as learning pieces from lead sheets or even an MP3 or CD. Available for Weddings, Parties, Events, Cruises, International work etc. No event to small (or large). VIP and Celebrity discretion assured. Audio examples can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/carlthepianist/sets/carl-the-pianist-2016-demo-cd
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2002No. Of Weddings HostedMore than 50No. Of People In Team1Public Liability InsuranceYes
Location & Contact Details
Preferred Supplier List
What is your most memorable wedding?
There are so many wonderful weddings I've played for, but one that stands out is the first time I played grand piano at Blenheim Palace. Such a fabulous location!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Classy, Varied, Accessible, Approachable and Sophisticated,
What about your business are you most proud of?
Being able to do what I love and being a small part of the most important day of peoples lives.
What is your No.1 wedding planning tip for couples?
On the music front: Consider what would sound great on piano. Not all fantastic music works well on piano so consider choosing songs that have a strong melody and are not too reliant on complex rhythm sections.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
For each and every guest, the bride and groom made a donation to a well known, and fantastic charity
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We often chat via email to start with discussing various options, songs, timings etc. Often we would then speak on the phone to finalise the booking and over the coming months (sometimes years) touch base as and when the couple have additional questions regarding songs, requests etc.
What makes a romantic first dance?
The best song is the one that means the most to you and your partner. Popular ones include: Make You Feel My Love, Thinking Out Loud, Your Song and A Thousand Years.
What is your number one floor-filler?
As a pianist it always amazes me what songs get the positive comments. Certain songs hold strong emotions to different people, and for different meanings. Last week I had a lady moved by some Beethoven and on more than one occasion I've had people request and love Greenday tracks (often Time of Your Life). Others include songs by James Taylor, Ed Sheeren, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?
The London Philharmonic Orchestra during the week, Oscar Peterson's Jazz Band during the weekday evening and Queen on a Saturday night (does that count?!) :-)
What is the soundtrack to your life?
It is ever changing. Stravinsky rightly articulated: there are only two types of music, good and bad. As such. my life soundtrack really does change by the month (sometimes day!).