Bill’s playing lends a cool sophistication or lively piano bar buzz to many venues and functions across the North West. Whether you want to be quietly charmed or thoroughly entertained, Bill will make it happen for you.
Solo piano playing is Bill’s stock in trade, and versatility is one of his greatest assets. Most events of this type fall into the category of either ‘Lounge Piano’ – for drinks receptions, wedding ceremonies and suchlike – and his ‘Piano Bar’ show, great for evening entertainment. And sometimes a bit of both fits the bill.
Bill has been regular house pianist for events at many prestigious hotels around Morecambe Bay and the Lakes including Morecambe’s iconic Midland Hotel, Storrs Hall in Bowness and Thurnham Hall near Lancaster. This is often for purpose of creating the backdrop to a perfect evening of food, drink and conversation. This can be purely instrumental or interspersed with the odd crooner’s classic or perhaps a gentle foot-tapping swing number. Bill will also devise a piano instrumental version of a special song for a bridal entrance.
The Piano Bar show is lively and interactive, taking requests from the audience and if appropriate including guest musicians and singers. This format is also perfect for house parties – Bill will play and create the party atmosphere – you provide a room full of people to sing along and suggest songs on the fly! Alternatively just sit back and enjoy the music as Bill entertains at the piano.
He hosts two weekly Piano Bar sessions in his hometown Lancaster, singing and playing an eclectic mix of anything from Beatles to Boogie Woogie, with a fair helping of jazz classics.
Bill is very experienced in playing piano for wedding ceremonies, and will also devise a piano instrumental version of a special song for a bridal entrance. He also knows many of the classic choices such as Pachelbel Canon in D, Mendelssohn wedding march and such like. If required he will be able to advise on choosing suitable material to play during the signing of the register, and of course the bridal exit.
Bill can also play for other formal ceremonies and celebrations as well as weddings.