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Everything we hoped for and more

Martin played the organ and piano at our wedding at Bolton School on 31st Aug 2019 and it was absolutely stunning. We were unsure of what organ piece to go with and Martin offered lots of help and advice. He delivered the most incredible organ version of Cant Help Falling in Love With You. He rehearsed with our singer in his own time and delivered a gorgeous arrangement to accompany our singer of When I Fall In Love. The selection of music was perfect for the whole wedding and lots of our guests commented on how beautiful the piano and organ was played. Fantastic service, great communication throughout and a stunning performance on the day. No wonder our registrar commented that we had chosen the best Pianist and he is highly recommended by Bolton School. Thank you for making our day so special!

Jon Holling

Absolutely mind blowing

Martin played at my son's 40th. birthday party. I've known Martin personally for many years through his theatre work, but never realised just how brilliant and versatile he is!! The partygoers absolutely loved him, and he did requests and everything.
My son's cousin Stuart David, a superb singer, was also booked for the night. At one stage, Stuart and Martin spoke to each other (the first time they'd ever met), and decided to do a jam session. They performed the best version of Elton John's "Scarifice" I've ever heard!!!! And this is with NO reheatrsal.

I can't praise Martin enough. Anyone booking him will certainly get their money's worth, and be thoroughly entertained!! Way to go, Martin!!!!

Denis Beardsworth

Myself and my family have known of Martins talents for a while now so it was a no brainier to book him for my mum and dads joint 60th birthday party. My brother is a violinist and Martin went out of his way to perform with him during the party using his own time to arrange. Martins range of songs were received very well by all ages. He also played songs requested by the family too! I absolutely recommend Martin for any function and when we have another party then Martin will the first person we call! Thanks Martin you were brilliant!!

Caroline Warburton

Absolutely perfect for our wedding!!

Martin was perfection right from planning our wedding to the big day. He went above and beyond to make sure our day was everything we wanted it to be. He was brilliantly enthusiastic when I told him of my plan to surprise Simon (Groom) during the ceremony with a flash mob choir and even went to rehearse with the choir in his own time. I can never thank him enough for doing that for us. I walked down the aisle at Bolton School to Martin playing my favourite Guns and Roses song - November Rain and the sound of the piano was truly amazing. The flash mob went off perfectly and all the guests commented on how fabulous the choir and pianist were. Martin then played ‘Can you feel the love Tonight’ on the pipe organ as we signed the register which again sounded beautiful. Then we danced out of the ceremony to Martin and the choir singing ‘You make my dreams come true ‘. The whole ceremony was perfect. Martin then played
during the wedding breakfast and he pitched it perfectly for our guests, taking requests and really getting everyone in the party mood. Everyone commented on how talented Martin is and how much they enjoyed the piano music throughout the day. We couldn’t have had a more perfect pianist. Very highly recommended. Thank you!!
Mr and Mrs Williamson x

Rachael Williamson

Martin was by far absolutely brilliant for our wedding! He had the guests praising his talent, and the impromptu singing by all was a memory me and my new wife will cherish! All songs were played to an excellent standard, in a professional manner! If ever anybody wants a piano player for their wedding, Martin will always be our recommendation! Again, a million thanks for the day!

Luke & Catherine

Luke Himsworth

Talented and Versatile

Martin performed at our recent Golf Club Dinner Dance.
He pitched the music perfectly for each part of the evening
Quiet and gentle for arrivals and when guests were dining, then pepped it up for the after dinner dancing, including taking requests which was great.

Martin is a great guy and I would highly recommend him.

Phil Nuttall

Stunning and so talented

Martin played at my 50th birthday and transformed the night into the best party of my life. We booked beastro for 21 guests and from the off Martin understood the needs of us all. From the tracks he selected from my playlist through to the performance which got my guests to their feet dancing following the meal his playing was energetic and inspiring. Our thanks go to Martin for making our night so special and we look forward to booking him again as he was unfaltering with his generosity and warmth. We cannot rate him more highly.

Mike Ryan

Highly recommended

Martin played at our wedding on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at Bolton School. I cannot thank him enough for being a part of our special day!
Martin played the organ and the piano during our ceremony and then played the piano during our wedding breakfast. He is such a talented musician
Having Martin there playing the piano during our meal made our day complete. It’s the little touches like this that make a day to remember. All of our guests commented on how good Martin was
We met with Martin before our wedding to discuss the type of music we wanted to be played and he was very helpful. We were taken aback of all of the songs he was suggesting to us. He can play such a wide variety of music which is great as there’s something everyone likes including songs from Disney Frozen for our little girl!
I can highly recommend Martin to anyone thinking of adding that special touch to their wedding/function. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed

Emma Bristow

A musical force of nature

We hired Martin to play on our wedding day and his performance went beyond our wildest expectations. From the relaxing music during the welcome drinks to the lively party set at night, he constantly had the whole room enraptured. It's safe to say that everyone who witnessed his performance will not forget him in a hurry. One guest remarked that he did not look at a single piece of sheet music all night, remarkable. Just make sure you buy him a Guinness to keep him hydrated!

Mr and Mrs Pugh

wedding ceremony and breakfast

Martins performance was absolutely fantastic, me and my new husband would highly recommend him, all of our guests thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. Martin was very helpful with the planning of songs and orders and chose excellent songs that fit the atmosphere. I cannot thank you enough Martin
Rachel and Dave x

Rachel Ashworth

Incredible

Martin played at our wedding and he was exceptional throughout the whole process.

We met Martin a couple of weeks before the wedding and he was very accommodating to our preferred style of playing and his repertoire of songs is very impressive.

Throughout the day, our guests were commenting on how impressed they were with Martin's playing, and that his ability to move from song to song was perfect.

I would recommend Martin to anyone considering having a pianist at any event and I couldn't fault anything about his performance or manner on our special day

Thank you so much Martin

Matt Downing
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Wedding performance

Martin is absolutely brilliant, he played at our wedding ceremony & during our wedding breakfast handling a challenging table of guests to boot! He has a vast repertoire of music, played plenty of requests and joined in with the whole occasion. We had so many compliments as to how good he was and would recommend him for any occasion. Thank you Martin.

Steve Wood
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Wonderful memories which will last for ever

We would like to say a very big ‘Thank You’ to Martin for helping make our wedding at Bolton School a perfect day. His music was fabulous and it really added a tremendous amount to the atmosphere of the celebrations.

We had positive comments from many guests who all said they really enjoyed both the organ and piano music which added a great touch to the celebration. Martin’s interpretation of our ‘unusual’ wedding music will be remembered by all for the right reasons for a long while to come - Jane entered to him playing, on the organ, the first few bars of the ‘Theme Song’ from Phantom of the Opera which then evolved into ‘Music of the Night’ – really dramatic stuff which certainly grabbed everybody’s attention! We then left the ceremony to a seemingly traditional ‘Wedding March’ which was then transformed into an Abba medley – again played on the organ!

Once again - thanks very much.

In summary we cannot recommend Martin highly enough - brilliant.

Jane and Peter
Married 31st July 2016

Peter and Jane Gibson

A marvellous night for a moon dance

I would recommend Martin for any family event!
Martin performed at our wedding in Yorkshire on 4th August 2016. His ability to please all our guests with any request was astonishing, as was his charismatic rapport with his audience. From the first telephone conversation I knew Martin was going to be ideal. He didn't let me down. Our day was always going to be special, however with Martin entertaining us it made it even more so.

Morag & Michael

Morag and Michael Ainsworth

If you are in two minds, as we were, about booking Martin for your wedding then please read on. Paul and I were married on Saturday and I cannot stop thinking about the most amazing music that Martin played. He absolutely sealed our wedding and made it perfect. I will never forget the impact he had on the day. Such a lovely, talented man. We cannot thank him enough.

Cathryn and Paul Norris

Magical, moving, magnificent

I had the absolute pleasure of having Martin play the organ for our wedding, and accompany our wedding breakfast with light piano jazz from across the ages. I have never heard such a slick, and talented performance of so many varying styles - it was truly amazing.

He even went so far as to accompany my best man, brother-in-law and I as we sang close harmony at the end of my speech, with very little/no rehearsal time!

I would not hesitate to recommend Martin for ANY function or live performance, he's an incredible talent and consummate professional with a really friendly attitude.

Chris Shepherd

A huge part of our perfect day!!

I was introduced to Martin 2 years ago by my now husband and I've been a fan ever since! Absolutely no doubt in our minds who we wanted to play for us at our wedding and he did not disappoint as soon as he played the first note of Hoppipolla as I walked down the aisle I was moved, the song still brings me to tears now!

He learned John Legend especially for our first dance and even threw in a bit of Hakuna Matata from my favourite film!!

All our friends and family had nothing but positive comments thank you for making our special day even more special we will see you soon I'm sure, very very talented man!!!

Michelle Carter, Bolton

Michelle Carter

Need a good Jam? Martin's your man!

Brilliant music! Fantastic with requests! Always a pleasure! Make sure you go see him!

Philippa

Amazing wedding showstopper!

I first saw Martin at a friends wedding in Bolton about 5 years ago and when planning my own wedding I knew I had to ask him to perform at ours. He is simply brilliant and gets everyone up and dancing. Everyone commented on how great his set was.

On a practical note, communication was excellent, booking was no fuss and he even travelled to North Yorkshire for us. We asked Martin to learn a particular song for our first dance and he did it for us even though it was outside of his normal repertoire.

In short, the music is great, the price is great and the process of booking is one less stress in the serious of stress that is wedding planning! We can't recommend him enough or thank him enough for making our special day extra special!

Kate and Ben Robinson (Married 11 October 2014 at Newby Hall, Ripon)

Kate Robinson

Speakeasy party!

Thank you so much for playing at my brother's 30th Speakeasy party on Saturday. A very talented pianist and vocalist. You really helped make the party a success. Such a vast repertoire that got everyone dancing and singing along.. Lots of great comments from everyone who was there - all ages. Thanks again (anyone looking for a pianist -Book this man!!)

Victoria from Colne.

February, 2014.

Victoria