Cocktail Piano in South West Scotland
There’s nothing more sophisticated than the soft background sounds of a grand piano, whatever the occasion or venue. The ultimate mood music, the ambience is enhanced, but never overpowered, by the cool vibes, whether they be jazz, classical, American classics, hits from the musicals, modern pop or Scottish traditional.
But don’t worry if your venue doesn’t have a piano; I can bring along my own electric piano and recreate the desired ‘piano bar’ sounds to suit the occasion.
Wedding Hotel Receptions
Enliven the down-time between the church ceremony and the evening reception by providing live music for your guests as they wait for you to pose for the photographs for the wedding album.
A one to two hour set of live piano music adds a touch of refinement to the start of the reception, and, with a carefully-selected programme, ensures there is something to suit every taste.
Functions and Dinner Events
Add the ultimate ‘Wow Factor’ and ensure the atmosphere is warm and welcoming from the start!
Sophisticated background music to break the ice as the attendees gather and to enhance the dining experience.
If your function suite is not equipped with a piano, ask me to bring along next best thing- the electric keyboard – which has the advantage of offering a wide range of sounds, from acoustic piano to dance band.
For other musicians, soloists etc, see Reception Venue Musicians.
David Sullivan has been the full-time organist at Cumnock Congregational Church for over 30 years.
In that time he has performed the bridal music for over 500 marriage ceremonies, playing both the church organ and the piano and/or electric piano at hotel venues.
Here he plays the popular bridal march by Mendelssohn.
Some Tips for Your Wedding Music
1. Arrange a meeting with the organist well in advance of the big day. Don’t leave your wedding music to the last minute, but consider seeking out some expert advice well in advance. Give the organist some time to practise the music if it is unfamiliar, and to recommend suggestions that you might not have thought about.
2. If you aren’t sure which music you would like, do some research on the Internet – youtube is a great resource for this; try searching for ‘wedding march’, ‘hymns for marriage ceremony’ etc. Take along a list of possible choices to your meeting with the organist. He/she will should be able to play them through with you and highlight any potential problems (such as whether the key is too high for congregational singing, or there are too many verses). For more information on how to avoid pitfalls and prepare well for your appointment with the organ player and/or other musicians, see David’s book ‘Your Wedding Music‘
3.If you are not familiar with the church venue, make sure you factor in some time for a rehearsal of the bridal marches – the entry into the church and the exit after the ceremony. An hour or so spent in rehearsal is time well-spent to avoid mistakes in the actual service and to arrange signals to coordinate the bridal procession.