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Weddings and Events Pianist
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£295
Details

Type of Performer(s) or Business

Solo Musician

Style of Music

Drinks / Cocktails Music
Reception Music
Acoustic
Ceremony Music
Classical
Pop / Rock
Jazz
Soul / Motown / RnB
Ceilidh Irish / Traditional

Primary Instrument(s)

Piano

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Pre-Wedding Consultation
Take Requests
Full Description
Walk down the aisle to Nigel's magical bespoke arrangement of your favourite tune, enjoy his music to relax with your guests at the drinks reception or wedding breakfast. Nigel is a reliable, versatile and talented pianist who has a range of beautiful mobile upright pianos which he can bring to your wedding venue or he can perform on your venue's grand piano if available.

Experience

No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(83)
Joyce and Derek
Married in May 2022
May 2022
Nigel's playing was very well received and our
We employed Nigel to play at our afternoon tea which was a belated wedding reception. Nigel played for two hours while we enjoyed the afternoon tea. We had returned to Furtho Manor Farm where we had married the year before. Nigel's playing was very well received and our guests loved it
Anna & Andrew
Married in April 2022
May 2022
Thank you for making our day so special
Nigel played at our wedding ceremony and drinks reception at the Tithe Barn in Bedford. Nigel was great to deal with from the start, he made the process of choosing the songs we wanted from his extensive list very easy and was always quick to respond to any questions we had as well as being open to learning our wedding song which wasn't on his original list. We were both very impressed with Nigel’s set up and his piano playing was amazing, he adapted to the lively mood of the reception and we received great feedback from our guests. Nigel made it both fun and entertaining and we would definitely recommend him.
Amanda and Matthew
Married in February 2022
April 2022
Thank you so much for helping to make our day so s
We booked Nigel to play at our drinks reception and wedding breakfast at Swancar Farm. From the moment we made the booking Nigel was very helpful; helping us choose songs that would best suit our wedding, answering our questions and ensuring we had everything we need in advance of the day. Our guests loved his songs and he tailored them to what people were enjoying throughout the day. He even played some Dean Martin for my elderly grandad which made his day!
Joanna and Craig
Married in December 2021
February 2022
If you want an amazing pianist for your wedding or event then hire Nigel!
What can I say?! If you want an amazing pianist for your wedding or event then hire Nigel! We deliberated for a long time over whether we needed a pianist for our wedding at Warwick House, and looked at dozens of websites before deciding on Nigel. One of the first things that I noticed was his responsiveness and the quality of his work - his attention to detail is second to none, unbeatable. Nigel was willing to learn the songs we wanted, in the way that we wanted them and he did so beautifully throughout the ceremony and the drinks reception. One of the things that set him apart from the others was the lack of sheet music in front of him - he practices and learns those tunes to absolute perfection. I will never ever forget hearing Nigel start to play the opening bars just before my wedding entrance, it was such a special moment made even more special by having beautiful live music. Thank you so much Nigel for being an 'instrumental' part of our day!
Katie and Steve
Married in November 2021
December 2021
SUCH A HUGE TALENT ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
SUCH A HUGE TALENT ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can’t not recommend or thank Nigel enough our dealing’s with him from start to finish we’re effortlessly. He is such a professional and talented pianist. Having him play at our wedding was amazing. He was so sympathetic and accommodating after us having to change our original date and then our venue at short notice. All our guest commented on how amazing he was. You will most definitely not be disappointed having Nigel play at your wedding he really did help to make our long awaited day very special. Katie & Steve
Karen and John
Married in October 2021
March 2022
We would recommend Nigel Hammond to anyone plannin
We first heard Nigel playing his music at the Mk wedding fair and were instantly drawn to his music . Due to covid our wedding was postponed, but Nigel learnt and played a special favourite of ours on the original day! This music had special meaning to us and we appreciated the time Nigel took to learn this tune which was out side his original repertoire . On the day of our wedding at Eversholt Hall Nigel’s performance was absolutely fantastic, from reception, to walking down the aisle and the wedding breakfast, it was all perfect. The whole process was thoroughly professional and we would recommend Nigel Hammond to anyone planning their wedding, 10 out of 10 !
Location & Contact Details

Address

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

My wedding to my lovely wife! Actually, I did play the piano at my wedding - briefly in the band in the evening but after five tunes and getting impatient looks from my newly wedded wife, it was time to resume my role as groom!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Soothing relaxing joyful magical emotional

What about your business are you most proud of?

The years spent memorising a huge and varied repertoire of beautiful tunes - with the result that there is no room left in my brain to remember where I put my keys! I am also very proud of my equipment. I designed and made my piano facades which contain my Yamaha digital pianos - giving the look of real compact acoustic pianos. They are very unique and enhance the the overall look of the wedding decor. My equipment is fully battery powered and wireless so it not only sounds real but looks very real and is very mobile. In theory I could set up my pianos anywhere on dry land! The one other aspect of my equipment is my collection of coloured sashes and flowers which I use to decorate the pianos to match in perfectly with the wedding decor.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

My number one planning tip is to have my beautiful live piano music for your ceremony, drinks reception and/or wedding breakfast! - it adds a sparkle of magic, especially when walking down the aisle and it relaxes your guests filling the air with joy and happiness! My number 2 planning tip is to book your live music early! - as soon as you have a venue, as musicians get very booked up in advance. I always have a very busy looking calendar for at least 18 months ahead and I have some weddings booked up to three years ahead.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

A set of polaroid cameras being handed to the children so they can go round taking funny pictures of the adults!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I send sample setlists, to the couple to give an idea of the how the live piano music works for the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. In the meantime, the couple can have a good look at my website - seeing the recommendations, hearing demos etc. Once the couple has a date and venue, all they need to do is choose one of my wedding packages listed on the website and then secure the booking with a £50 deposit settled with a PayPal link. After that, I send a simple booking contract for the couple's approval and get to work on any special bespoke arrangements they requested for the wedding.

What makes a romantic first dance?

Preferably one that involves a waltz or swaying, a song that is meaningful to the couple or one that just sounds beautiful and traditional such as Ashokan Fairwell or When Irish Eyes Are Smiling which I perform when in the OddSox Ceilidh band. I actual played piano for the first dance of a couple or recent weddings. These included All of Me by John Legend and Annie's Song by John Denver which were rather beautiful.

What is your number one floor-filler?

Not a floor filler but a walk down the aisle favourite: 1000 Years (Christina Perry) - it's the one I most often get asked to perform, and it is so beautiful. Closely followed by Canon in D. My closest thing to a floor filler is some of the tunes I play on the piano which people can't resist dancing and singing along to, even when in the middle of a meal. These include Wanna be like You from the Jungle Book and the Wallace and Gromit Theme!

Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?

Madness!

What is the soundtrack to your life?

The James Bond Theme! Not only is it such an awesome theme tune but its the first bit of music I learnt to play from ear when I was 7 years old.