Wedding Pianist Steve Christie has been performing professionally at wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions since 1996, and has performed all over the UK, including Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex, East Sussex, Somerset, Surrey, the Isle of Wight and London. Read some reviews from previous years here.
What can Steve offer for your Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception or Event?
Steve can provide support as to the type of music you may be looking for to suit the mood of your occasion, and is able to create the perfect atmosphere to enhance your event, and to "read" the clientelle/audience, enabling the perfect balance of music, soft, smooth, jazz, classical, pop etc.
Owing to his brilliant musical ear and also having perfect pitch, Steve is able to play arrangements of absolutely any piece , even if there is no sheet music available! Better still, he doesn't charge extra to learn new material! Check his extensive repertoire list HERE Steve is constantly learning new material, so he can play just about anything you require - all styles, from Classic to Contemporary Pop and Rock, Modern Chart, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Classical, Film Soundtracks etc.
WEDDING PIANIST PACKAGES
Steve offers three wedding packages*:
1.) Wedding Ceremony (including up to 20 minutes as guests are seated, Entrance music, signing of the register and exit)
2.) Wedding Drinks Reception (up to 2 x 45 minute sets, prior to the Wedding Breakfast)
3.) Wedding Ceremony (including up to 20 minutes as guests are seated) + Drinks Reception (up to 2 x 45 minute sets, prior to the Wedding Breakfast)
*Please note, Steve is not available for solo Wedding Breakfast or evening performances, but can be available with a singer or band
- see the DUO WITH SINGER page.
Prices are dependant on what type of event, the length of time required and distance.
Please email email@example.com or call 07530 532767 for more details and a quote.
Steve will get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.
Travel expenses are included in quotes. No hidden charges.
WEDDING CEREMONY PIANO MUSIC
If Steve is playing for your Wedding Ceremony, you can specify ANY music you like, even if the sheet music is not available, as he can learn music by ear from mp3s/spotify links/youtube clips etc.
With Steve playing your music, there is never any need to worry about whether the music will last long enough, or even worrying about choreographing your entrance. Steve will play your entrance music to fit perfectly with whatever happens. If there are several bridesmaids/page boys/girls etc, he will start the piece softly, and then as you make your grand entrance, he will lift the music to accompany you as you walk up the aisle! Once you have arrived, he will come to a natural, musical close which always sounds like it has been meticulously rehearsed!
WEDDING RECEPTION PIANO MUSIC
Steve can play a huge variety of music for Wedding Receptions and knows what types of music/styles work, so you can give a rough idea of what you want, or some specific songs/artists, and basically leave Steve to it, safe in the knowledge that you will get great entertainment which fits the mood of the occasion! For an idea of the most popular music, see the soundclips page HERE.
HANDY HINT: If you are a Bride or Groom-to-be who really wants to hear some piano music, please bear in mind that you will invariably not hear a great deal during the reception as you will be talking to guests and having photos taken! If you want something special played that you can listen to and enjoy, try to include it in the ceremony.
Outdoor performances are not a problem - Steve has a small outdoor-friendly set up which is very quick and easy to move, and runs entirely off batteries. He can also perform with a wandering singer (he also plays guitar) - please ask for more details.
If the venue has their own piano, which is in tune to A=440 and in good working order, Steve can play it. If not, Steve can provide a digital piano keyboard and high quality BOSE L1 COMPACT or Galleon and Krueger 200MK Keyboard amp. Both amps are very compact, but powerful. No clumsy big speakers on dangerous speaker stands.
Steve has spent many years chosing and trying equipment, and has managed to achieve the most realistic piano sound possible with the best quality speakers.
As it is sometimes not possible to visit a venue before playing, Steve always brings a digital piano keyboard in case of emergencies* (*not Central London, unless special arrangements are made)
PUBLIC LIABILITY AND PAT TEST INFORMATION
Steve has £10 million Public Liability Insurance through Hencilla Canworth (MU) and all of his equipment is PAT tested once a year.
Both forms can be downloaded here:
PAT TEST CERTIFICATE
PUBLIC LIABILITY CERTIFICATE
RECENT WEDDING VENUES:
East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5ES - Playing on venue's pianos for Wedding Ceremony and Drinks Reception
Froyle Park, Upper Froyle, Surrey, GU34 4LB - Supplying Digital Piano Keyboard for Wedding Ceremony and Drinks Reception
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Central London, EC2Y 8DS - Supplying Digital Piano Keyboard with self-contained speaker for Wedding Ceremony and Drinks Reception
2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD - Supplying Digital Piano Keyboard for Corporate Arts Event with Louisa Revolta
The White Horse, Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8ZJ - Performing a Duo with Louisa Revolta
Based in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, Steve can be hired as a solo pianist in any destination in mainland UK, including London, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Surrey, East Sussex to name but a few, and has a wide experience of hundreds of wedding venues across the country.
With a lifetime of performing and accompanying under his belt [he has also improvised and composed music for film and TV which rely heavily on timescales!], Steve is also the perfect pianist to hire for your wedding ceremony as he is easily able to time music to fit a bridal entrance exactly "on the fly". For the preview track you can hear playing a selection of different styles and genres. For some more, longer previews of individual tracks, go to the sound clips page. He can play soft "chilled" music to add just the right touch to an intimate gathering, right up to a more upbeat atmosphere with well-known classic songs, old and new that will have your guests playing "name that tune" - a great ice breaker for times when people are meeting for the first time.
Travelling longer distances is not a problem, and he always aims to arrive at least two hours before he is due to perform.
He offers very reasonable prices for a top-notch service, and is a true professional from start to finish - check out his client testimonials page. Steve started his working life in London as a club pianist and worked at Air Lyndhurst Studios in Hampstead in the early 1990s, training as a sound engineer, another string to his bow - he still operates a recording studio from his home in the South of England.) He has worked with and for various celebrities over the years, and knows how to put on a good show, and when you hire a musician they need to be able to GET IT RIGHT - very important for your wedding ceremony, or to impress your clients, and with Steve you can rest assured he will deliver 100% on the day!
Steve is also a skilled accompanist, having worked with solo singers, choirs and for musicals, perfect if you perhaps had a singer in mind for your wedding ceremony and needed someone to accompany them. Give Steve a call on 07530 532767, or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have your own music you wish to have some keyboard parts added to, this is not a problem - just send the track you are working on, or a demo, and I will work out the music and send you a recording. You can be as specific or non- specific as you like!
All recordings are made to a high audio standard - any file format! Midifiles also available.
For more information visit GrandPianoTracks.com (for piano recording) or VintageKeysStudio.com (for organs, synths and other instruments) or contact Steve Christie on (+44)7530 532767 or email email@example.com Bespoke Piano Recording by Pianist Steve Christie - Any piece of music realised for piano and professionally recorded
Steve Christie plays the piano at hundreds of weddings every year, provides corporate entertainment and is a thoroughly dedicated musician and pianist. He can frequently be found playing piano for a wedding ceremony, a drinks reception or a wedding breakfast. He can provide any form of music be it pop, jazz, classical, blues, contemporary, chart or movie or film soundtracks. He can play pop piano for your wedding, or as a pianist he can play classical piano pieces as well as jazz piano pieces or pop piano pieces. To be a wedding pianist and corporate events pianist, it is very important to be able to read the audience's reactions in order to achieve the right ambience for a wedding or a corporate event who have hired a professional pianist for entertainment. He is based in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, but is a key wedding supplier througout the United Kingdom, focusing much of his work in London, Hampshire, Dorset (in towns such as Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford, Weymouth), Essex, Somerset, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire (in towns such as Salisbury). The role of a pianist offering bespoke musical options is an important one, and you are able to choose absolutely any piece of music for your wedding or special event such as birthday party, anniversary, barmitzvah, golden anniversary, ruby anniversary, graduation, christening, funeral, wake, company function, product launch, open day or charity event. The right type of music is essential to allow an event to flow nicely, and the right type of pianist is also of utmost importance. A pianist who can provide his own piano keyboard and grand piano shell is a bonus, and Steve is able to transport a portable flat pack grand piano body to anywhere in mainland UK.
Steve Christie is based in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, has been playing the piano since an early age, and after passing grade 8 he then went on to work in London as a Jazz Pianist as well as working in one of the top Recording Studios in London. He can play any style of music, and can be hired as a classical pianist, pop pianist, jazz pianist or blues pianist or church organist. He can either play piano solo or can accompany singers as he has had a wealth of experience in acommpanying and working in theatres as a rehearsal pianist and musical director. He is able to provide his service as a Pianist in these UK towns and cities: Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Chichester, Salisbury, Dorchester, Basingstoke, Ringwood, Burley, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu, Alton, Andover, Ashurst, Fritham, Fordingbridge, Nomansland, Plaitford, West Wellow, Awbridge, Ampfield, Chilworth, Chandlers Ford, Dummer, Elvetham and Fleet. He can supply any wedding venue or hotel in all areas in the New Forest.
Mainly for weddings, but occasionally funerals too, Steve has played piano (as a jazz pianist) and been hired as a Church Organist in Oxfordshire, and will supply Abingdon, Chipping Norton, Faringdon, Goring, Henley on Thames, Hook Norton, Kidlington, Oxford, Thame, Wantage, Witney and Woodstock with his musical services.
Steve can be found performing in the following Berkshire towns, and always meets some interesting people, in Ascot, Bracknell, Eton, Hungerford, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Sandhurst, Slough, Windsor, Wokingham
Steve's main area he works in, closest to where he is based, is South East England. He has been hired as a solo jazz pianist in Hampshire, and has played at hundreds of venues in Southampton, Portsmouth, Aldershot, Alton, Andover, Ashurst, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Burley, Gosport, Fleet, Hook, Fareham, Winchester, Chandlers Ford, East Boldre, Ringwood, Rhinefield, Brockenhurst and Beaulieu. He was one of the first "professional buskers" in Winchester, playing on a real piano just outside Winchester Cathedral in the mid 90s.
From 1996 to 1998 he had a piano residency at Preacher's Bistro which was in Lymington, and played piano suspended from the ceiling! He has also had residencies in Southampton bars and clubs, and played piano at various Golf Clubs in the Whitely area. In West Sussex, Steve regularly travels out to perform as a solo pianist for weddings and parties in Arundel, Billingshurst, Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, East Grinstead, Gatwick Handcross, Haywards Heath, Henfield, recently played for an all-Beatles wedding in Horsham, performed for 3 hours playing classical music at a private function in Lancing, and played for a party in Littlehampton for a 1920s themed event. He will go to Midhurst, Petworth, Pulborough Shoreham, and Worthing.
Steve has been hired as a blues and pop pianist in Wales, and has played many times usually for weddings in Cardiff, Brecon and Swansea.
West Country towns and cities he will cover, providing his service as a piano player and wedding music planner are Swanage, Bere Regis, Blandford, Bridport, Charmouth, Christchurch, Boscombe, Poole Corfe Castle, Cranborne, Dorchester, Ferndown, Holwell, Lyme Regis, Poole, Portland, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Studland, Verwood, Wareham, Weymouth, Wincanton, Wimborne and Wool.
Steve loves travelling to Wiltshire to play piano, and can be frequently found in Amesbury, Avebury, Calne, Chippenham, Cricklade, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Swindon, Trowbridge and Warminster!
If you would like more information, please contact Steve on 07530 532767, or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org