James is an extraordinarily talented pianist for hire with a jaw-dropping track record of stellar performances. His playing has taken him all over the world, playing with acts such as China Crisis, Natalie McCool and Julian Maeso. James is a highly experienced musician is well-versed in what makes a spectacular live performance.
Achieving a first class Degree from the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, James regularly performs at pop gigs, musical theatre (with audiences 14,000 strong), functions and weddings, as well as holding cocktail piano residencies at the Hotels in Liverpool. His composing work has taken him around the country and onto the sets of national TV; composing for programmes such as Britain's Got Talent.
James' list of clients includes; Harvey Nichols, Hilton Hotels, Everton Football Club, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, Norwegian Cruise Lines and The Richmond Hotel.
James is an accomplished performer on piano, hammond and pipe organ, synthesisers, as well as guitar.
A polished Musician in high demand, hire this exquisite musician today!
Services From James Breckon
Cocktail Piano - 2 x 1 Hour Sets
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
James is an extraordinarily talented pianist for hire with a jaw-dropping track record of stellar performances.
What are the highlights of your career?
Touring the world playing with Pop Acts.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
I'm a young and enthusiastic musician, which means I know more current songs than some competitors....
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Weddings, Corporate Events, Jazz Venues, Charity Meetings, House Warming Parties.
Who are your previous clients?
Hilton Hotels, Everton Football Club, Harvey Nichols, Santander to name a few.
How can event planners pay for your services?
Bank Transfer or Cash on performance.
How long do you play for?
Sets split into 45 minutes or 1 hour, any multiple of these! Eg 3 x 45 minute sets.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Yes, Public Liability Insurance up to £10million!
How much space do you require?
1.5 x 3m if I'm bringing my own piano, if there's one at the venue, however much space that takes up!
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Certainly! I include 3 requests within my pricing.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Usually 10-15 minutes between sets.
How much time do you need to set up?
I can be set up within 30 minutes.
How long do you play for?
I usually split my performance time into blocks of 45 minutes or 1 hour. You can book me for any amount of these blocks!
Does the venue need to have a piano?
No, I can provide a digital piano and PA system at no extra cost.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes, I have Public Liability Insurance (PLI) up to £10,000,000 and all my equipment is PAT tested.
Do you do special requests?
I can include up to 3 requests with two weeks notice. If you wish to request more songs there may be a small charge.
Can you bring a Grand Piano?
Yes! This an extra option available to you, however it is not included in my normal pricing.
What time do you play?
I can play at any time. A popular option during Weddings is before and after the ceremony, during arrival drinks and during the Wedding Breakfast. However for corporate events, a pianist is a great choice during a meal!
How much space do you need?
If I'm bringing my own piano, I require around 1.5x3m.
How much power do you need?
Song list -
Misty - Ella Fitzgerald
What A Wonderful World –Louis Armstrong
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn
Georgia on my Mind
Fly Me To The Moon – Sinatra
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – July Garland
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis
I Got Rhythm - Gershwin
Every breath you take - Police
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n Roses
Panic – The Smiths
Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
Purple Rain – Prince
New York New York – Frank Sinatra
Fast Car – Tracy Champan
Yesterday – Beatles
Love is all around you - The Troggs
Let it be – Beatles
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Hey Jude - Beatles
Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Can’t help falling in love - Elvis Presley
Love me tender- Elvis
In My Life – Beatles
All You Need is Love – Beatles
Unchained Melody – The Everly Brothers
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
House Of The Rising Sun – Animals
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Penny Lane – The Beatles
Come Together – The Beatles
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Wherever you will go - The Calling
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
A Whole New World – Aladdin
Can You Feel The Love – Elton John
Circle of Life – Elton John
Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
You’ve Got a Friend In Me – Randy Newman
Wonderwall – Oasis
Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Someone Like You – Adele
Sex on Fire - Kings Of Leon
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Titanium - David Guetta
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Hello – Adele
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Royals - Lorde
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
River Flows In You – Yiruma
All Of Me – John Legend
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
Your Song - Elton John
Nocturne - Billy Joel
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Always a Woman – Billy Joel
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Close to You – The Carpenters
Imagine – John Lennon
Piano Man – Billie Joel
Moondance – Van Morrison
Something – Beatles
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
Impossible Dream – Andy Williams
Life On Mars? – David Bowie
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Carole King
The Wonder Of You – Elvis
Pure Imagination – Gene Wilder
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Fix You - Coldplay
Somewhere only we know - Keane
Hey Ya - Outkast
Yellow - Coldplay
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Hero - Enrique Iglesias
Bad Day - Daniel Powter
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Make you Feel My Love – Adele
Apologise - One Republic
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Mad World – Gary Jules
Halo – Beyoncé
Empire State of Mind – Alicia Keyes
The Scientist – Coldplay