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How To Pick The Perfect Pianist For Your Party Best Pianists For Hire!

Looking for some iconic party lounge music, or stripped back versions of pop party songs for your event? The Alive Network pianists are here to tell you all about choosing the perfect pianist for your wedding, corporate event or other private party.
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An experienced pianist will have played for all kinds of parties in all kinds of places. I’ve played in The Globe and Harrods, and for celebrities from Dawn French to Madonna. I then use that experience to delight at your private or family parties!
A good party pianist will always have a wide repertoire of music. I have literally hundreds of tunes at my fingertips, from jazz favourites to vintage pop from the 50s and 60s, to modern hits by the likes of Coldplay, Norah Jones and Take That.
I usually talk to clients to get a sense of the perfect music for them and their guests and they often pick out specific requests from my list. I prefer to play things by ear on the night in terms of order and judge the right songs to play to suit the mood of the room.
I travel with my own Roland digital piano, which sounds superb, and a 400watt PA system so guests can hear me even in the largest marquee or party venue.
To keep the party going in between my sets, I provide a iPod packed with music that complements what I play live. So, guests can enjoy music even while I’m having a quick rest!
If the venue doesn’t have a piano, but you want the classy look of a real piano, no problem! My white baby grand piano shell looks like the real thing, and with my digital piano inside, sounds like it too.
For a sophisticated touch for a party drinks reception, a collapsible baby grand piano shell is perfect. It looks good; it can fit into spaces and through doors where grand pianos cannot, and with none of the considerable costs of moving and tuning a ‘real’ grand piano.

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I create a sultry, soulful atmosphere with my playing, perfect for ‘chillaxing’ or sipping some cocktails to. I can also liven it up and many guests love to have a little boogie.
If clients want a more lively sound, I can play one part of the evening solo before being joined by a singer or other musicians - two acts in one!
A pianist can be an unusual alternative to a DJ. I play upbeat music that fills dance floors all night, or for a more ‘interactive‘ party experience, I love playing for party sing-alongs, so much more personal than karaoke!
Having a pianist who also sings is an easy way to bring a broader range of atmosphere to your event, and without the extra expense of organising another performer.
Booking a locally-based pianist can save you £££s on travel costs. I’m based in Lincolnshire, so I can travel to East Anglian venues more easily and more reliably, as I know what the traffic and the weather might be like…