Wedding songs for solo piano, jazz duo and full rock/pop band in 2019

Wedding songs come in many forms. Classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and pop. Having played at weddings and events for many years, I have a song for every part of the occasion. As a soloist. In a duo with cellist Samantha, or cellist/double-bass player/jazz singer Phyllipa. And in the Dordogne’s own rock/pop wedding band, SouthWest.

Wedding ceremony music

There are four musical moments to think about when planning your ceremony:

  1. Five to 10 minutes while the guests are getting comfortable.
  2. The Processional (a short piece, depending on the size of the church or hall)
  3. A few minutes during the signing of the Register
  4. The Recessional (after which the guests file out)

Music for the ceremony often includes classical pieces, like Bach’s Prelude in C, or C Minor, or Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Or contemporary classical, like Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tiersen, or Gymnopédie Nº1 by Eric Satie. Something slightly jazzy, like La Vie en Rose. And usually a special song with great meaning.

If there’s a song that’s not on the setlist, I will happily learn it for you at no extra charge (time allowing – it always has so far). Additional pieces are chargeable.

Wedding songs for the reception

Here is the setlist I have prepared for the cocktail part of wedding receptions in 2019. (Instant French lesson: This is called the “Vin d’honneur” here.) I’ve gone for a mix of beautiful contemporary songs and jazz standards, with a focus on love and romance. This music is not meant to dominate, but provide a sophisticated ambience for you and your guests. Singalongs are not unknown. And sometimes, even dancing.

If you are booking me as a solo pianist, I am yours for the whole day, including up to 2.5 hours of playing time. I am happy to change locations – usually once, and occasionally twice. (Some weddings have pre-service drinks – every wedding is different.)

La vie en rose

Come away with me

Comptine d’un autre été

Perfect Day

More than words

The nearness of you

Me and Mrs Jones

Take 5

My baby just cares for me

Georgia on my mind

She’s always a woman

Don’t know why

Summertime

Dream a little dream of me

Sympathique

Tu verras

The girl from Ipanema

The look of love

All of me

I get a kick out of you

Autumn leaves

Cantaloupe Island

Promenade sentimentale

Gymnopédie Nº 1

Fly me to the moon

Can’t help falling in love

All of me

Thinking out loud

I wish I knew how it would feel to be free

It must be love

Killing me softly

Perfect

Chasing cars

Somewhere only we know

We are the champions

Don’t stop me now

Your song

Can you feel the love tonight

You’ve got a friend in me

Blackbird

In my life

All the things you are

As time goes by

Ain’t no sunshine

At last

One flight down

Left bank two

From Russia with love

We have all the time in the world

A thousand years

Life on Mars

What a wonderful world

Jazz(ish) duos

When playing with either Phyllipa or Samantha, we can draw on an even wider selection of music. Sometimes playing alone, sometimes together. Availability can be limited, as we are all professionals with commitments to multiple projects. So the earlier you book, the better.

SouthWest rock/cover band for the evening party