Please click on the following questions to take you to the relevant answers.

Does David work with backing tracks?

What if the venue doesn’t have a piano?

Does a digital piano sound as good as a proper piano?

Does a digital piano look like a normal piano?

Is there a chance that your piano or other equipment may break down on the day?

How much space does David need?

If we hire a bass player will he play a proper bass?

Will it be noisy if we have a drummer in the line up?

What Happens When You Take A Break?

Can David send us a playlist?

Can we request a few songs?

Does David need some sort of cover if he is playing outside?

Is it necessary to meet up with David before the event?

So How Much Will It Cost?

How do I secure the booking?

Does David take a deposit?

How do I pay the balance?

Is it OK to pay David beforehand just to get it out of the way?

Can I hear David play live?

What about Public Liability insurance?

Is your electrical equipment PAT Tested for safety?

 

Does David Work With Backing Tracks?

No. David believes that ‘live music’ should be above all else live!

What if the venue doesn’t have a piano?

In situations like this David’s pianist (Eugene) usually brings one of his digital pianos which can even be used outside. Digital pianos are ideal when playing for events that require music in more than one location. Eugene can usually relocate and set up within twenty minutes or set up piano in one location and set up another somewhere else. If he sets up two pianos he can just move from one to the other without a there being too much of a break in the music. Please note that Eugene doesn’t charge any extra for bringing a normal digital piano with him to an event.

Does a digital piano sound as good as a proper piano?

It does depend on the quality of the proper piano that you are comparing the digital piano with. A digital piano is nearly always better than the piano that you will find at a venue. You can hear the quality of the instrument David’s pianist would bring by listening or downloading the music on this site.

Does a digital piano look like a normal piano?

The digital piano that David’s pianist (Eugene) usually use’s doesn’t really look like an accoustic piano, but it definitely does look neat and tidy. He can provide the normal digial piano free of charge, but if you are looking for something more like a real instrument he can now offer a digital baby grand piano for an additional charge of  £50. The regular digital piano and the digital baby grand piano are both shown below:

Yamah P-155 Digital Piano

Yamah P-155 Digital Piano

Digital Baby Grand Piano

Digital Baby Grand Piano

Digital Baby Grand - Side View

Digital Baby Grand – Side View

Is there a chance that your piano or other equipment may break down on the day?

David’s pianist (Eugene) usually brings a spare piano with him and David always has all his other equipment backed up with spares. They have very seldom had an amplifier, piano or anything else fail on them at an event, but if it ever does happen they are always prepared.

How much space does David need?

When David is working as a duo with with piano would only need a meagre 1 metre X 2.5 metres. Space for larger line ups takes a little bit more working out as the musicians can be placed in a line or any number of other formations.

If we hire a bass player will he play a proper bass?

No offence to bass guitar players, but most people refer to a double bass as a proper bass. The bass players David uses (mainly Mike Porter-Ward) always play a double bass which you can see in the photograph below:

Mike Porter-Ward

Mike Porter-Ward and his bass!

Will it be noisy if we have a drummer in the line up?

No, the drummers David uses (usually Roy Jackson or Rod Brown) are skilled jazz drummers and are capable of playing very quietly. They are also masters of the long lost art playing with brushes which is ideal for background music. Also, the drum kit that they use is different from that of a rock drummer – one of the key differences being the diminutive size of the bass drum. A jazz kit does not produce anywhere near the same volume level as a rock kit.

What Happens When You Take A Break?

This isn’t usually a problem as David usually has a CD player or MP3 player with him which he can plug into his PA systems.


Can David send us a playlist?

David doesn’t usually work from a playlist. He prefers to pick the songs that he is going to play at the time of the performance. This enables him to select material that matches the mood and the ambience of the event.

You can see a list of songs David can sing on the Repertoire Page.

Can we request a few of songs?

Yes, most definitely. Just let David know your requests before your event and he’ll make sure that he sings them on the day.

Does David need some sort of cover if he is playing outside?

Protection from the elements is vital. The heat from the sun can be very harmful to electronic equipment and a sudden downpour could be disastrous. David can provide a gazebo for outside protection which is more than adequate for most situations.

Is it necessary to meet up with David before the event?

This isn’t necessary as nearly everything has to be sorted out on the day of the event. No meeting beforehand can really help with the decisions that have to be made on the day. Music for ceremonies and other requests can usually be sorted out by email or telephone.

So How Much Will It Cost?

Prices are from £480 (for piano and vocals) depending on distance from venue and other requirements. Please contact David for a quote for your individual requirements.

How do I secure the booking?

After David has given you a quote and presuming that you have decided to go ahead with the booking: he’ll send you a contract. In order to send you this contract he’ll need to make sure that he has all following information:

The type of event (Wedding, engagemant party, corpoorate dinner etc.)

The date of the event

The address of the venue including postcode

The line up (piano and vocals, piano, bass and vocals etc.)

A start time and a finish time

A contact number for if he has any queries

On the day emergency contact number (best man’s mobile or similar)

Dress code (lounge suit, black tie etc.)

Any other requirements (music for ceremony, gazebo, radio microphone for speaches, extra long extension lead etc.)

He’ll then usually send you the contract by email and then you can either sign the contract and post it back to him or confirm on line by clicking on the link included in the email.

Do you take a deposit?

Yes David does. After the contract has been signed and returned or confirmed on line, he will send an invoice for a deposit of approximately 33% of the full fee.

How do I pay the balance?

David will send you an invoice for the remaining balance and you can pay on the day of the event by either cash, cheque or by BACs.  David would, however, prefer the balance in cash, rather than other forms of payment, if you are hiring him in one of the larger line ups such as a trio, quartet or full band. This enables David to pay the musicians straight away – rather than making them wait for the cheque to clear in his bank, before paying them.

Is it OK to pay David beforehand just to get it out of the way?

If this is thats what you prefer then its OK with David.

Can I hear David play live?

Throughout the year David does play for quite a few events that are public, but most of the work that I he does consists of weddings, corporate events and private parties. Public events will always be advertised on this site.

What about Public Liability insurance?

David has public liability insurance which is provided by Hencilla Canworth.

Could I ask, in the interest of health and safety, that all children are kept out of the performance area. Also, they do like to twiddle knobs and press buttons which can make things very difficult for David

Is your electrical equipment PAT Tested for safety?

Yes all David’s equipment has been tested by a qualified electrical engineer.

A PAT test certificate is not a legal requirement, but some venues like to see one. David’s PAT Test certificate proves that his power leads are tested for safety, but only provides half the story. There is no real point in David providing proof that his equipment is safe if the power supply provided by the venue isn’t. Electrical sockets in historic venues are frequently damaged or do not work.

A venue should provide a power supply socket of the 13 amp type (to BS 1363). It goes without saying that all power sources should be electrically safe and conform to the HSE EAW Act 1989, and amendments thereafter. Copies of venue Electrical Installation Safety Certificate (Periodic Inspection Report to NIC EIC standards) should be made available upon request by law.

Please note that if a venue requests a copy of a PAT test certificate from a musician or entertainer, it is customary for them to provide a copy of their Electrical Installation Safety Certificate, and is illegal not to provide one if requested to do so.

If for whatever reason the venue cannot provide an Electrical Installation Safety Certificate, then David is capable of doing an ‘on the spot’ test. Firstly he would make a visual inspection of the socket making sure that it has been installed correctly and that there is nothing loose or damaged. After the preliminary inspection he would then use a professional socket tester which will give David either an ‘OK’ reading or give him a diagnosis of the problem. If the socket gives him an ‘OK’ reading, he would then plug something like a household light into the socket as a final check before plugging any valuable equipment into the power supply.