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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.
Pricing & Costs

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Type of Performer(s) or Business

Solo Musician

Style of Music

Acoustic
Ceremony Music
Classical
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Funk / 70s / Disco
Jazz
Pop / Rock
Rat Pack / Swing
Reception Music
Soul / Motown / RnB
Swing / Jive

Primary Instrument(s)

Piano

Additional Services

Karaoke
Learn New Songs
Noise Limiter Experience
PA System
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Sound Equipment
Take Requests
Full Description
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

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Carl the Pianist!
Hello - Carl the pianist here! If you decide you would like me to play on your special day all bookings come with telephone and email support and advice with regards to all aspects of the music. If you are local to me here in Leamington Spa I am always up for a coffee and a chat to ensure you get the very best from the music on your special day. If you have any questions, please do get in touch!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2002
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
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Married in February 2018
March 2018
His extensive repertoire is so varied
A fantastic evening of entertainment provided by Carl. His extensive repertoire is so varied and made for very enjoyable listening. Carl was so accommodating, he included...
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Lucy and Damian Radcliffe
Married in December 2016
November 2017
we knew we had hit on someone special
Damian and I spend a long time searching for the perfect piano player for our special day. We knew what we wanted and although there were a lot of very good players out t...
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Lou Parker (Women's Institute)
Wedding: January 2017
November 2017
Our group love having you come to play for us Carl
Our group love having you come to play for us Carl. We look forward to your concert in November. -Lou
Gemma Costello
Married in February 2017
November 2017
sounded amazing & it really completed our day
Just want to say thank you for playing at our Wedding you sounded amazing & it really completed our day.
Keith Thomas
Married in June 2017
November 2017
Thankyou for making our day that extra bit special
Thank you Carl for making our day that extra bit special. We had many comments on your contribution that added that special ambience throughout the day. So many other tha...
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Lillian Duxbury
Wedding: June 2017
November 2017
Everybody really enjoyed the music
Thank you so much for coming and playing yesterday. Everybody really enjoyed the music and it made our Ruby wedding anniversary party just perfect!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Leamington Spa , Warwickshire, England

Travel Notes

I work throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and Europe and consider international bookings as well. I am DBS clear, reguarly play for the Ministry of Defence and Government. VIP & Celebrity discretion assured.

Nearest Town

Royal Leamington Spa

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40

Nearest Train Station

Royal Leamington Spa

Nearest Airport

Birmingham

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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!).
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