The Wedding Pianist
Simon Jordan, pianist available for weddings across England and Wales
About Simon Jordan
Award-winning wedding pianist Simon Jordan is available to hire for weddings, parties, events and business receptions across the south of England and beyond.
Simon was the youngest ever winner of the Royal Academy of Music prize and is demand for solo concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and for the Prime Minister’s annual Christmas party.
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Simon will play for you on FaceTime, Zoom or Skype and answer any questions.
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Other pianists will make you pick from a list of tunes they play – or charge you to learn a new tune.
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What Can Pianist Simon Jordan Bring To My Wedding?
As guests arrive, the wedding pianist's music subtly establishes the magical tone of the day. The bride’s entrance, beautifully underscored with some music she has picked out herself. The wedding pianist can entertain the guests or provide a gentle musical background, if you prefer As the wedding party and guests depart, this can be anything from classical to crowd-pleaser.
At Your Meal
As the wedding party and their guests sit down to eat, the wedding pianist entertains you with some soft background music, not stifling conversation but still significant enough to entertain. Feel free to tell the pianist what to play – on the spur of the moment if necessary!
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Simon Jordan - A Wedding Pianist Like No Other
- You Can Pick The Music I Play
Simon has worked for BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3. He can play hundreds of pieces of music, from Beyonce to Bach to Bollywood. He has perfect pitch and can play almost any tune by ear
- Free Consultation – Hear Me Play Before The Day
Hook up with Simon on Skype or FaceTime at any point before your big day to hear your ceremony music being performed – and prepare for the right music and lifelong memories when you walk down the aisle.
The service involves Simon playing your choices of music so that you can hear how they sound on the piano in advance of your wedding day.
Consultations are free of charge.
- A True Wedding Professional
Simon has played for hundreds of weddings, and knows when to play – and when to shut up…
- Full liaison with the venue staff
Simon treats every wedding as if it were his own – liaising weeks in advance with venue staff, arriving early with time to spare, and not leaving anything to chance. He is recommended by many wedding venues.
- Yamaha artist
Why a Wedding Pianist is a Must
As your guests settle into their seats
Simon’s piano music subtly sets an elegant and distinguished tone for the day.
The Bride’s Entrance
The bride enters the ceremony room, beautifully accompanied by some piano music she has picked out herself. It finishes at exactly the right moment.
This should be the first thing you think about when choosing your music.
It’s the first thing your guests will remember, and is the first thing you will hear on all the videos.
And it’s the track that will set the tone for the whole day.
Here are some of the most requested tracks to be played by pianist Simon Jordan in the last year:
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
- Canon – Pachelbel
- River Flows in You – Yiruma
- Here Comes the Bride
- Here Comes the Sun
- One Day Like This – Elbow
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- All Of Me – John Legend
Thinking about the length of your aisle and how far you have to travel. How fast will you walk in your dress? Will you send bridesmaids, matron of honour etc before you? Pick a tune that will make a statement during the time you will take getting to the priest or celebrant.
Hiring a live pianist like Simon Jordan means the performance will be tailored exactly to the time you take, and be beautifully timed so it finishes on exactly the right note!
Signing the Register
Simon can entertain the guests or provide a gentler piano music background to encourage a long-awaited photo opportunity!
As the register is signed, your witnesses are called up and add their own details.
Then the photographer takes charge – and some photographers take a long time!
Pictures of the couple, the couple with their parents, the couple with their witnesses, the couple with best man etc – and then the all-important paparazzi shots, where the guests take their turn. Some of them have been waiting a long time!
The wedding guests have about ten minutes to wait – about half the length of the ceremony so far. So you will need to keep them entertained, or it will be difficult to get them seated again so the ceremony can be drawn to a close.
You can select some important piano tracks to keep them entertained (and seated, and quiet!).
Here I offer my brides no strict guidelines apart from “choose the songs you most want to listen to” – you will be seated, relaxed and smiling for most of this period with a chance to enjoy the music! It’s also the music that you will be sharing with your guests, as they will be doing the same thing.
As the wedding party and guests depart, Simon performs specially arranged celebratory music of their choosing.
After the entrance music, it’s the most important choice you’ll make for the ceremony: the track accompanying the departure of the married couple – and the guests.
This music sets the celebratory tone for the rest of the day, says all about you as a couple (not as two single people any more!) and has to be loud and active enough to be heard above the applause!
Here are some popular choices:
- One Day Like This – Elbow
- Spring from “The Four Seasons” – Vivaldi
- All You Need Is Love – Beatles
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
- Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
- Marry You – Bruno Mars
- Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
- Wedding March
- Greatest Day – Take That
- Rule The World – Take That
Wedding Drinks Reception / Canapes
Simon plays background music that can encourage your guests to mingle while the bride and groom are elsewhere with the photographer. Spur-of-the-moment requests are very happily taken!
Music of any style and background to keep the conversation flowing and the party mood continuing as your guests sit down to eat together
Simon can provide a digital stage piano which can be relocated as the action moves from room to room of your venue
Choosing a Wedding Pianist
When choosing a wedding pianist, there are many things to consider. A good performer is experienced, knows how to read a crowd and play music for different styles of celebrations. They should be comfortable accompanying vocalists and other instrumentalists at a variety of venues, and they should be flexible enough to work around unexpected guests. A wedding pianist should also be able to provide acoustic accompaniment for the ceremony, and they should be able to perform for any length of time.
Choosing a wedding pianist is an important decision. You want to make sure that your wedding is a special occasion, and the right music will help you celebrate this special day. A professional pianist will be able to perform the songs you request throughout the wedding day, and he or she can even travel to your ceremony location to create an exceptional musical experience for your guests. He or she can perform at indoor, outdoor, or civil union ceremonies. A piano player will also be able to perform at churches, synagogues, and other locations.
If you’d like your ceremony to be more traditional, a professional pianist can perform classical, jazz, and modern music. They will even be able to play traditional pieces as well. If your ceremony takes place at a church, a piano player may be required. You can also arrange for a white Yamaha Keyboard for the wedding ceremony. Regardless of the venue, it’s important to ensure that the musician can find the right setting for the ceremony.
A wedding pianist should be familiar with the music you’d like to have played at the ceremony. Most venues have grand pianos that can be used as the ceremony’s background. Simon Grand, a Surrey-based composer and the leading contemporary piano player in the UK, can play piano versions of popular modern songs in addition to traditional selections. A pianist can play anything from Bach to Mozart. The only limit is your creativity. If you can find a composer who understands what you want, you can hire a musician to create a perfect wedding ceremony for you.
For a wedding reception, the pianist will perform at the ceremony and after the reception. A wedding pianist can also play music for the bride and groom during the cocktail hour. A good UK-based wedding pianist will have a number of options available to you. You can even choose a wedding piano that’s right for your style. If you don’t mind spending a little extra money, the piano is an essential part of the ceremony.
If you’re having a church wedding, you’ll need a pianist that can play for the ceremony. A wedding pianist with a piano at your ceremony will be the perfect choice if you’re looking for a wedding musician who will play at a Catholic church. While it’s rare to find a pianist with the same skills as a church organist, Simon Jordan has been playing piano for outdoor and metro London wedding ceremonies for over 20 years. Simon also serves the surrounding areas of England and Wales.