5 stars - Charlie Mappin are Highly Recommended61 Reviews Number of members: 1Gloucestershire
Charlie is a popular & in demand pianist who performs beautiful background music perfect for your event. Specialising in jazz standards & modern day chart hits, Charlie is extremely talented, cool & contemporary!...
5 stars - Kiara are Highly Recommended41 Reviews Number of members: 1London
With recent performances on Jools Holland Presents, Top Of The Pop's, The Dermot O'Leary Show, MTV France, HBO TV, and the 2018 FA Cup Final at Wembley, MOBO Award Fund Recipient Kiara is perfect for creating a beautiful atmosphere for any occasion....
5 stars - Jon M are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 1Surrey
With previous residencies and performances at prestigious venues such as Claridges, The Savoy, Grosvenor House & Buckingham Palace, Jon M will ensure you have the perfect backdrop to entertain your guests. Performing a range of Jazz, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop & Latin, he will tailor his set to create the atmosphere you desire....
5 stars - Tim Pheonix are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 1London
From foot stomping Blues to easy listening Jazz; Tim Pheonix is a pianist who can adapt to any musical needs. Since graduating from Trinity Laban College of Music, he has built up a wealth of experience performing at various events from weddings to Jazz clubs & festivals!...
5 stars - Lily Davies are Highly Recommended39 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Stylish & versatile singer-pianist with an extensive repertoire covering classic jazz, swing & bossa nova as well as unique versions of classic & contemporary Rock & Pop. Also available as a duo, trio or quartet & can also perform classic piano recitals....
5 stars - Dorel Oprea are Highly Recommended27 Reviews Number of members: 1Hampshire
Dorel is a professional, five star hotel pianist who has performed for the likes of Sir Elton John, Nicole Kidman and the Versace family around the world; in cities such as London, Vienna, Paris, Rome, Istanbul & Rio de Janeiro....
5 stars - David Benn are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 1West Sussex
Having previously performed at Alexandra Palace, Hyatt Regency and with residencies at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion and Brighton's famous Grand Hotel, David Benn is an accommodating, entertaining pianist who will make sure your events flows smoothly....
5 stars - Joshua Reeve are Highly Recommended23 Reviews Number of members: 1Surrey
With over 10 years’ experience & an incredibly versatile & sophisticated voice, singer & pianist Joshua Reeve can perform a wide range of songs & styles including Michael Buble, Sam Smith, Bruno mars, Take That & more! Performing with piano & voice only or along to high quality backing tracks, Joshua is the perfect choice to compliment your wedding or special event!...
5 stars - Jon Andrews are Highly Recommended49 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Vocal pianist Jon Andrews performs soulful versions of jazz classics and modern favourites. Covering artists such as Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé with style & sophistication, Jon creates the perfect atmosphere for any occasion! If you require gentle background music, or an energetic performance to get the party started, Jon has the performance and repertoire to match your needs....
5 stars - Ross Knight are Highly Recommended54 Reviews Number of members: 1Lincolnshire
Ross Knight is an in demand, talented and versatile pianist with an extensive repertoire. From Pop, Classical to Jazz; Ross will be able to tailor his performance to suit your event! With residencies at The Dorchester, The Savoy, The Ritz & Harrods be assured you will only receive the best quality entertainment!...
5 stars - Tom K are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 1Hampshire
Professional pianist Tom boasts a wide ranging & ever-expanding repertoire suitable for all events. From Popular music featuring the latest hits, to classic Jazz, Film, Musicals and even Bollywood, Tom has delighted guests at private parties, weddings, christenings & corporate events across the UK....
5 stars - Michael Keysman are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Michael Keysman is a professional pianist based in London. Micheal's work has taken him all over the country and abroad performing regularly as a solo artist and with bands. Micheal's versatility sees him perform a variety of styles to suit all occasions. From light classical pieces by the likes of Debussy and Chopin to well-loved jazz standards up to the latest chart hits rearranged for solo piano....
5 stars - Dan John are Highly Recommended16 Reviews Number of members: 1Vale of Glamorgan
Dan John is a hugely versatile pianist who's friendly & professional approach, along with his extensive repertoire spanning classical to popular music, will ensure that you get the perfect mix of music for your event!...
5 stars - Tim James are Highly Recommended18 Reviews Number of members: 1Surrey
Tim James is a singer-pianist with an extensive repertoire of around 200 songs ranging from classic Sinatra to the latest chart toppers! A highly experienced professional, Tim has toured with The Drifters, performed for royalty & more!...
5 stars - Paul The Piano Player are Highly Recommended8 Reviews Number of members: 1East Sussex
Paul is a versatile and experienced pianist, with a comprehensive repertoire of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Holding a number of residencies at prestigious venues, as well as performing around the world on cruise lines, Paul will provide a sophisticated and entertaining backdrop to your special occasion....
5 stars - James Nicholas are Highly Recommended20 Reviews Number of members: 1Bedfordshire
Pianist James Nicholas has over twelve years’ experience travelling the world performing at shows, parties, weddings and corporate events. He has performed for the Royal Family, ITV, BBC and the England rugby team and has previously appeared on stage with Sting, Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars and many more....
5 stars - Chris on Keys are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 1Gloucestershire
Chris is a dedicated musician with a classically trained background. With a diverse repertoire from Film/TV, Pop, Jazz and Classical, Chris will adapt his set to suit your unique special occasion and create the perfect ambiance....
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5 stars - Paul The Piano Player are Highly Recommended
I just wanted to say that everyone thought it went very well. Well done!
During your performance of ‘Traumerei’ one of our members was very emotional as that piece me...”
Peter booked Paul The Piano Player for their event on 1st July 2019
5 stars - Charlie Mappin are Highly Recommended
“Charlie created just the right atmosphere to our wedding. He played in the garden at our reception venue and played the perfect background music that you could hear but that didn’t...”
Nicky H booked Charlie Mappin for their Wedding in West Sussex
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Everything you need to know to hire Pianists for your event
What is a pianist?
Pianists are solo, usually expert, performers who play the piano. One of the most versatile of entertainers, pianists can perform a wide range of music from pop, jazz, and swing, to rock, show tunes, and classical, and sometimes accompany other musicians and vocalists.
Expert live piano players, our musicians can provide an array of sophisticated melodies for your corporate event, romantic refrains for weddings, and tasteful background music for cocktail parties or receptions.
Depending on the occasion, pianists can work from an iPad, from sheet music, or from memory.
What music will a Pianist play?
With the ability to turn their fingers to almost any style of music, our pianists offer a wide selection of tunes from every genre in their repertoire. Whatever tone you’d like to set at your exclusive private event, a professional pianist will have the perfect music to fit. You can expect music from artists including:
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Nat King Cole
Popular types of Pianists
1. Solo Pianists
Covering a range of musical styles, our solo pianists can create an intimate and relaxed vibe or set a big, formal atmosphere. Solo pianists mostly play alone, but on occasion can accompany other musicians or singers. Artists might cover songs ranging from Adele to Bach, Harry Connick Junior to Disney classics.
2. Solo Singer-Pianists
Again, both male and female solo singer-pianists are captivating performers that can sing along when they’re playing the piano. Their repertoires are varied, covering classical masterpieces to smooth, chilled jazz, swing and exciting boogie-woogie and soul, as well as classic and contemporary popular hits – their acts offer something for everyone.
Where in the UK do Alive Pianists perform?
Pianists are regularly booked for a range of events and locations across the UK and internationally – for weddings, corporate events, private parties, venues, festivals, and more. The most popular locations include:
With such a varied selection of repertoire and styles on offer, solo pianists and singer-pianists are a very flexible entertainment option. They can set an atmosphere that’s unique, be it a cool and laid-back vibe, a formal ambience, or anything in-between.
Pianists often perform background music for daytime and early evening events, at occasions such as:
Our ivory-tinklers can provide beautiful love songs for a wedding ceremony and for that special first dance, and their music can exude an irresistibly refined vibe for your drinks reception or wedding breakfast.
Pianists are also a great option for corporate events and sophisticated cocktail parties.
Volume considerations at your event
Depending on the atmosphere the pianist is trying to create and the room acoustics, volume can range from peaceful, relaxed background music, where your guests can happily hold a conversation, to upbeat, spirited sets guaranteed to get everyone moving! An acoustic pianist might play at an ambient to background volume range of 65dB – 75dB (decibels), where a pianist using an amplified digital piano or singer-pianist may play at a livelier level nearer 80dB – 85dB. Both are pleasant and unimposing volume ranges. As such, a pianist or singer-pianist is an excellent choice if your venue has a sound limiter or a noise restriction policy.
Space considerations at your event
A pianist is usually a great option for small spaces. Where the artist is using a concert grand, baby grand or upright piano, it will usually be provided or hired by the venue so appropriate space will already be assigned. If using a piano shell, which makes a digital piano look like a real grand, the artist would need a comfortable space of 1.5m width × 3m depth. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a pianist need?’, below.
How much does a Pianist cost?
The cost of a solo pianist varies widely, anything from £130 to over £600. This large range is mainly down to younger, newer musicians eager to build up their experience and charging less, compared with the reputation of well-established and often very busy pianists, who can command higher fees.
The average price of a solo pianist is around £300. You can expect to pay more for a singer-pianists.
This table shows the range of fees for different types of pianists:
Type of Artist
£130 - £550
£250 - £1,750
Booking a pianist who lives close to your venue location is one way to control costs, as their travel time will be minimised. The home town location of all Alive Network pianists are shown on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can help by recommending the best pianist local to your event.
Who are the top 10 best Pianists in the UK right now?
Below is our current hotlist of the most notable pianists in the UK, based on a balance of popularity, performance quality and innovation:
A standard performance may include two 45- or 60-minute sets, but you can choose to have three 40-minute sets if you prefer, and they can perform up to 3 or 4 hours. Singer-pianists will typically play two 45-minute, two 60-minute or three 40-minute sets, up to about 2 hours in total. Like any musical entertainer, pianists and singer-pianists will need breaks in-between sets, and some offer an iPod with background music during their breaks, keeping your guests entertained.
Performance time and length depends on your event requirements. If booking a wedding pianist, they might provide background music as guests arrive for the wedding ceremony, during the signing of the register, and then perform again at the drinks reception before the wedding breakfast. For a corporate cocktail reception, you might prefer only an hour of music, whereas for an exhibition or trade show, you may require a longer performance. All our pianists offer flexible options, which you can discuss with your dedicated Entertainment Coordinators.
How much space will a Pianist need?
This guide shows approximately how much space a pianist will need when playing a variety of instruments:
Performance Space Required
1.4 metres wide × 1.5 metres deep
1.6 metres wide × 1.6 metres deep
Digital piano with piano shell
1.5 metres wide x 3 metres deep
Baby grand piano
1.8 metres wide × 3.5 metres deep
Concert grand piano
2 metres wide × 5 metres deep
More accurate measurements for your chosen artist can be provided by your Alive Network Event Coordinator.
How long will it take for a Pianist to set up?
Your pianist will arrive at a time to suit you, and set up their equipment in the performance area. Unloading, setting-up and performing the crucial sound-check usually takes around 30 minutes, depending on how close they can park to the performance space, and what their set-up involves. For artists with a grand piano shell, setting this up can take 60 minutes. Some busy London hotels often require acts to load in using a shared supplier’s entrance, which can increase set up times.
Many pianists will play their own digital piano, but if your pianist is using a venue’s piano, bear in mind that it must be professionally tuned before they use it. Your pianist will then need a little time to get used to the way that particular instrument plays and its tone. If that piano is being moved before the performance, it absolutely must be checked again by a highly skilled piano tuner, since moving a piano can quickly make it go out of tune.
Following the recital, a pianist can take anywhere from 20 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will a Pianist need?
To ensure the piano playing is as silky as possible at your event, most pianists require:
a suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area. If performing outside, they will need cover – either from the rain or the sun!!
a professionally-tuned piano, if using a venue’s instrument
a minimum of one 13 amp power socket, if a digital piano is being used
a light, ensuring both ends of the keyboard are well-lit
an adjustable piano stool
parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
Your pianist will bring their music, and will often provide a digital piano where required. Some pianists can provide their own adjustable piano stool, piano shell and a light to illuminate the piano keys/sheet music.
Digital pianos can be amplified through a PA system to fill larger venues, or can plug directly into a conference sound system. It’s worth checking with your pianist in advance that their system will be suitable, and that their piano can be put through your venue PA system if required.
Most pianists provide PA systems suitable for average-sized private events, but if you’re planning a large event with over 200 people, you may need to hire a separate PA system. Our dedicated Entertainment Coordinators are happy to speak to you about particular pianists and your event requirements.
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