Introducing your wedding pianist in France

Wedding pianist and rock/pop keyboard player, Alex Crowe, has been playing for over 40 years. (Although not continuously.)

During that time, he has played quietly in hotels and restaurants, loudly on big stages, written music for theatre and TV, recorded with numerous bands and met some famous people. Today, he lives in the Dordogne in southwest France, where he plays weddings, parties and events as a soloist, in a couple of duos, and in Dordogne wedding and party band, SouthWest.

Alex Crowe wedding pianist
Dordogne-based wedding pianist and keyboard player, Alex Crowe.
piano for outdoor wedding
Alex’s set list is perfect for for the ceremony and cocktails afterwards

Solo piano for the wedding ceremony and cocktails

Alex’s extensive repertoire of classical melodies, contemporary songs and jazz standards makes him ideal for the ceremony and cocktail party. He brings a small pa and is happy to change location during the day.

For the wedding service, Alex typically plays:

  • Calming music while guests seat themselves
  • A special request for the wedding processional
  • Something classical for the signing of the register
  • An upbeat love song for the recessional

Wedding music for the garden party

Over drinks, you and your guests will enjoy a beautiful selection of songs by Norah JonesRay CharlesEd SheeranFreddie MercuryFrank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Plus film and TV themes, Elton JohnBilly JoelLennon and McCartneySeal, and more – as you will see on the set list.

Given sufficient warning, Alex is also happy to arrange a special song for your Big Day.

Wedding pianist with cellist, double bassist and vocalist

wedding jazz duo Piano & Cello etc
Alex and Phyllipa in the duo Piano & Cello etc

Alex plays in a duo with Phyllipa, who brings cello, double bass, voice and more to the party. Since leaving the Royal College of Music, Phyllipa has recorded and toured nonstop, and was recently hailed as one of the top five wedding acts in France.

The Piano & Cello etc duo is enormously versatile, with a set list of classical pieces that are perfect for wedding ceremonies. Plus a mixture of swinging jazz standards, modern classics, and crowd-pleasers that provide an entertaining ambience for cocktail parties of all sizes.

Phyllipa also works with popular French band Saramabalouf, so availability is very limited. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Alex at an evening concert with Phyllipa

And now with Samantha Bramley

In 2018, Alex also teamed up with established wedding ‘cellist, Samantha Bramley. The Bramley-Crowe set offers over two hours of gorgeous classical, contemporary and jazz instrumentals you will want at your wedding – inside or out.

And at a wedding reception with Samantha Bramley
Cellist & Pianist set list

Full five-piece rock/pop cover band also an option

Alex also plays with five-piece, all-live rock/pop covers band, SouthWest. With over three hours of carefully chosen hits on the set list, and the option to add a song of your choice, SouthWest is the band to book for 2019 – and beyond. For further details, visit south-west.fr today.

Wedding band SouthWest
Wedding and party band, SouthWest, playing at home in France.
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