Michael Hope

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Based in Manchester, and with an additional North London base, Michael Hope is a pianist and singer specialising in Jazz Music, with wide ranging and regular experience of playing solo, duo, small ensemble and Big Band repertoire with numerous groups. For almost two decades Michael has studied piano, specialising in Jazz performance for nearly a third of that time. He is a highly able and confident singer as well, with a wide wealth of experience of singing with both small groups and large choirs, as well as in a solo context, in many prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall. Michael is a very able sight-reader who is extremely quick to learn new songs and pieces to suit the demands of your event, learning both by ear as well as through notation. Michael can also adapt with remarkable ease to the requirements of any occasion, and is comfortable playing in a wide range of styles in addition to jazz, such as classical, pop, rock, funk and many others, discreetly integrating live music to give your event that extra sparkle.

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  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    Michael is more than happy to take requests for any songs not on his setlist, preferably if they are made in advance of an event, and is always eager to learn new songs and pieces to perform at events.

  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    A break of between 10 and 20 minutes per 90 minutes of playing is preferable, although special arrangements can be negotiated on an individual basis.

Set List/Services

*Michael regularly updates his repertoire list with new songs and pieces, and is always eager to learn new songs and pieces to perform at events. The list below therefore does not by any means constitute a complete list. Michael is more than happy to take requests for any songs not on this list, preferably if they are made in advance of an event.

Jazz (asterisked songs (*) indicate songs on which Michael is also able to sing):
Alice In Wonderland
All the things you are
All Of You
*As Time Goes By
*Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Blue Bossa
Blue in Green
Blue Trane
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Chelsea Bridge
*Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
*Dancing on the Ceiling
Detour Ahead
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Everybody’s Song But My Own
*Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
*Fascinating Rhythm
Five Hundred Miles High
*Fly Me To the Moon
For Jan
*For Sentimental Reasons
Freddie Freeloader
*Get Happy
Have You Met Miss Jones?
How My Heart Sings
*If I Were A Bell
*I Hadn’t Anyone ‘til You
*I Get a Kick Out of You
*I Got Rhythm
*I Got You Under My Skin
*I Like the Likes of You
I’m Beginning to See the Light
*I’m Old Fashioned
In a Sentimental Mood
In Your Own Sweet Way
Just Friends
King Porter Stomp
*Let There Be Love
Lil Darlin’
*Lucky to Be Me
Maiden Voyage
*Mona Lisa
*Moonlight in Vermont
*Moon River
Mr P.C.
*My Favorite Things
My Foolish Heart
*My Funny Valentine
My Romance
*Night and Day
One O’Clock Jump
On Green Dolphin Street
*Pennies from Heaven
Pick Yourself Up
Prelude to a Kiss
*Puttin' on the Ritz
Stella by Starlight
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someone to Watch Over Me
*Somewhere Over the Rainbow
So What
Straight No Chaser
*Take The “A” Train
*The Girl from Ipanema
*The Lady Is a Tramp
The Man I Love
There is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
*The Very Thought of You
Waltz for Debby
Watermelon Man
*When I Fall in Love
*You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
*You Make Me Feel So Young

Pop and Rock Songs (Michael is also able to sing on the vast majority of these songs):

The Beach Boys:
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
I Get Around
Surfin’ U.S.A
Wouldn’t It Be Nice

The Beatles:
Dear Prudence
Here Comes The Sun
Here There and Everywhere
Hey Jude
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
When I’m Sixty-Four
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
With A Little Help From My Friends

Billy Joel:
Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
Piano Man
She’s Always a Woman
Uptown Girl

David Bowie:
Let’s Dance
Life On Mars
Rebel Rebel

Kate Bush:
Hammer Horror
The Man With the Child In His Eyes
Them Heavy People
This Woman’s Work
Wuthering Heights

Elton John:
Candle in the Wind
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Circle of Life
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
Mona Lisas and Madhatters
Rocket Man
Tiny Dancer
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
Your Song

Don’t Look Back in Anger

Everything In Its Right Place
Faust Arp
High and Dry
I Might Be Wrong
Karma Police
No Surprises
Paranoid Android

Simon and Garfunkel:
April Come She Will
The Boxer
Bridge over troubled water
For Emily, Whenever I May Find You
I Am a Rock
Homeward Bound
The Sound of Silence