The Surrey Pianist
With some 20 years professional experience playing piano at events and functions, Jonathan can offer a range of music to create an ideal ambience at events.
Engagements have included birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, corporate functions and Christmas celebrations.
He has played piano at numerous venues including The Savoy, Claridge's, The Ivy Restaurant, Buckingham Palace, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Hanbury Manor and Hever Castle.
Jonathan's repertoire ranges from jazz and show classics and The Great American Songbook right through to modern pop, film music and including classical.
Requests can be catered for and songs learnt specifically for an occasion.
A top quality digital piano is provided if needed for any booking.
Kirsty• Aug. 17, 2019
If you are looking for a pianist to play at your next event - you should book The Surrey Pianist. Jonathan is an incredible pianist! He played at our wedding in August 2019 - he was very prompt, set up his equipment early before the ceremony and practised before it began.
Jonathan even learnt new pieces from my favourite film La La Land. I wish I could relive it all over again!
Ruth Harries• July 27, 2019
Jonathan played a superb set at our wedding on Saturday. He had perfectly understood our brief, and created the perfect atmosphere for the wedding breakfast. Several guests commented on how fantastic a pianist he is, and although he had left by the time the speeches rolled around he should know that he got a spontaneous loud round of applause when I thanked him in my speech! Thank you Jonathan for making our day so special.
Alison Ryan• June 10, 2019
Jonathan made our afternoon. He played all my Mum’s favourite tunes and all the residents said he was the best pianist they had listened to!
He was great with the older people and had a lovely way in his introduction of the music to be played which matched the audience!!
Thank you so much Jonathan! You made our day!
Richard Haselgrove• April 19, 2019
Jonathan played for a family dinner to celebrate my 60th birthday recently, and I cannot speak highly enough about him. He played a wide variety of music. He got into the spirit of the evening. He was very polite and helpful. He really was excellent, and if ever a similar situation arose again, I would have no hesitation in booking Jonathan at all.
Anne Dryden• April 18, 2019
The Surrey Pianist played at our daughters wedding which was held in a country setting. In the months before the ceremony, he took time to find the couples requirements and matched them perfectly. He had to travel a fair distance at the start of a busy Easter weekend and was ready, set up and waiting, not complaining about being tucked into the last spare corner. I imagine he is used to grander venues. The weather was perfect (I can't claim he can arrange that of course). However, this meant that the sunshine, breeze and birdsong streamed into the barn. Jon complemented this perfectly with his beautiful piano playing. He managed to perfection the timing of a modern adaptation of Wagners 'Hear Comes the Bride' (By Jonathon Cain), so that he was at the right point as the bride and her dad walked in. There was not a dry eye in the house. A selection of songs were played for the signing of the register and for a change of tempo, he played the happy couple out with a rendition of 'Bear necessities'. I received many complements from guests. Anyone considering using a CD for their wedding, think again. This is fabulous. Highly recommended. 5 *+
Tony Grogan• March 31, 2019
- How long do you play for?A typical event would be 3 - 3.5 hours with breaks at appropriate moments. Sometimes I am asked for shorter durations, eg. during a wedding ceremony, and occasionally I have played up to 4.5 hours where the party just wanted my piano music as entertainment.
- Do you have your own PA and lighting?Yes - I am a self-contained act and have a Peavey PA and professional Yamaha Digital piano.
- Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?Yes, I have Public Liability Insurance through BASCA, the songwriters' association and I can supply a copy of the policy if needed. All my equipment is PAT certified.
- How much space do you require?For the digital piano and speakers 8 x 3 ft should be fine.
- My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?I pride myself on catering for each event individually, and am happy to learn up to about 4 pieces if they are not on my list. This would depend on the type of music and notice given as making good arrangements does take some time.
- How many breaks do you take? How long are they?A standard recommendation for a musician is a 15 minute break after every 45 minutes of playing. As a default I might do this, but sometimes an event works better when my music fits around the agenda, eg. I could play for an hour and then take a break during speeches or announcements.
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
As Time Goes By
The Bare Necessities
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Dream a Little Dream
Fly Me To The Moon
For Me & My Girl
Theme from the Godfather
Have You Met Miss Jones ?
How About You ?
How Long Has This Been Going On ?
I Got Rhythm
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't ?
It Had To Be You
It's Only a Paper Moon
Let There Be Love
Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love
Like Someone In Love
Love Is Here To Stay
Lullaby of Birdland
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Night And Day
On The Street Where You Live
On The Sunny Side of The Street
People Will Say We're in Love
Putting On The Ritz
There Will Never Be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Try A Little Tenderness
Well, Did You Evah !
When You're Smiling
You Make Me Feel So Young
Classic Jazz Ballads
I Thought About You
My Funny Valentine
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
On a Clear Day
Over The Rainbow
Someone To Watch Over Me
Stella By Starlight
La Vie en Rose
Weaver of Dreams
When I Fall In Love
You Go To My Head
Vintage Songs / 60s
Elvis - Love Me Tender, Can't Help Falling In Love
Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand, Can't Buy Me Love, Let It Be, Here, There & Everywhere, Michelle
Dusty Springfield - I Only Want To Be With You
The Monkees - I'm a Believer, Daydream Believer
The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
Matt Monro - From Russia With Love
Andy Williams – Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Four Seasons - Oh What a Night
Simon & Garfunkel – America, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound
Abba – Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Thank You For The Music
Elton John - Your Song, Yellow Brick Road, Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Rita Coolidge - We're All Alone
Barry Manilow - Copacabana, Can't Smile Without You
The Eagles - Hotel California
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman, Just The Way You Are, New York State Of Mind
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now, You're The Inspiration
80s to Present
Bill Withers – Just The Two of Us
Steve Winwood - Valerie
Aerosmith - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Phil Collins - You Can't Hurry Love
Genesis - That's All
Better Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
Lionel Richie - Hello
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You
Natalie Cole – Miss You Like Crazy
Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Cherish
Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Lion King)
Celine Dion - Titanic Theme
Shania Twain - You're Still The One
Shola Ama - You Might Need Somebody
Norah Jones - Don't Know Why
Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
Coldplay - Clocks
Take That - Patience
Robbie Williams – Angels
Crowded House – Don't Dream It's Over
Duffy - Mercy
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Labrinthe - Beneath You're Beautiful
Adele - Someone Like You
The Shadow of Your Smile
The Girl From Ipanema
These Foolish Things
The Look of Love