Are you considering hiring a pianist for your wedding? I’m Simon Jordan, a professional wedding pianist, performing at about 50-60 weddings a year: I can play for your ceremony, reception or wedding breakfast – thanks for visiting my site!
I started playing piano at age six and have not spent a day away from the instrument since. I grew up surrounded by music and musicians and, at 12, I was studying at the Royal Academy of Music every weekend and I played throughout my teenage years in recitals, pubs and clubs.
A music degree and two decades at BBC Radio 3 followed, until I seized the opportunity to perform full-time, on cruise ships, in the famous concert halls and hotels of London, and for the Prime Minister every Christmas on the piano at Chequers.
What is a Wedding Pianist?
A wedding pianist is a piano player who specialises in performing at weddings.
- A musician versatile enough to play any genre of music
- A pianist who can perform at the right time amid all the pressures of a wedding ceremony, reception or meal
- A musician who works well as part of a team
- A pianist experienced at weddings who can select the best placement, volume and sound quality for his instrument
- A musician whose equipment is fully PAT tested and PLI insured, to the wedding venue’s requirements
- A pianist who does not need to be the centre of attention all the time!
Music fans deserve the best music and the most professional service on their wedding day.
I can’t recommend him enough
Simon played the piano for our wedding day, during the guests sitting down and bridal party entrance, reception drinks and wedding breakfast. I can’t recommend Simon enough, his repertoire of songs is so vast, and I was constantly sending him updated lists of songs we wanted him to play. I wish I had a recording of all the songs he played because they sound so beautiful on the piano, I could have listed to him play all day long. Thank you again Simon, you helped make our day so special!
Fantastic musician, extensive repertoire and thoroughly nice chap!
The best pianist
Simon Jordan really is the best UK pianist, and he played our favourite music to create the perfect wedding atmosphere
Regular Questions Answered
Your Choice of Music
I am capable of playing anything by ear, so I can play your choice of music throughout your day. Give me a playlist, let me know the genres of music you like or just let me take the lead. I play anything from Bach to Beyonce, and you can find a list of music other brides have chosen to give you some inspiration. I won't make you pick from a repertoire list like other pianists. Pick anything, from classical to chart to film music, and I know loads of seasonal and Christmas songs, too.
Your Piano or Mine
If there's a good piano at your wedding or event venue, I'm very happy to play that, or, if you prefer, I can bring one of my two Yamaha stage pianos to perform with. These can produce a bigger sound for a bigger event.
Most importantly, I'm a highly experienced event and wedding pianist and also a friendly and co-operative guy who will work in tandem with you and all the other professionals working on your day.
Make Simon Jordan Your Wedding Pianist
Simon is a highly skilled wedding musician, providing a professional and respected wedding music service to make your wedding day truly memorable. No need to spend hours on wedding music playlists when your favourite wedding music and wedding songs can be played by a professional wedding pianist! Simon is a highly skilled wedding musician and performs at weddings across the UK.
Reasons to Hire Simon Jordan
- Professional and friendly service - all wedding queries answered within 24 hours by e-mail, phone or text
- He has broadcast internationally for radio and television as a solo pianist; toured Austria, Hungary and France as a soloist
- Is equally at home performing pop, jazz, classical and film music
- Digital or grand piano hire can be included; or the venue's piano can be played
- All equipment used is fully PAT tested to the venue's satisfaction
- Thorough sound check carried out before the performance on the day whenever possible
- Enhanced DBS/CRB checked and £1 million public liability insurance for your peace of mind
- Full UK coverage, and overseas bookings are also considered
Simon always wanted to be a pianist and started taking lessons at age six. By eight he was studying with a professor from London's Royal Academy of Music and was winning prizes across London and the south of England, so many that he was banned from entering some musical events! Nominated for Barnardo's Champion Children by television presenter John Craven, he continued his studies at the Royal Academy and, on leaving university, became a BBC Radio 3 producer, serving the BBC for almost twenty years. Such was the demand on his services as a pianist that he left the BBC in 2014 and now plays for engagements across the UK. Simon lives in High Wycombe with his wife and three young boys.
The Ceremony: the moment you enter, and when you say 'I do' - it's the Bit Everybody Remembers
A wedding pianist can play a vital role in your marriage ceremony - setting the It's that point of the day that sets the tone for everything that is to follow. And the music the bride walks in to is the first, magical part of the day you'll experience together. Whether your ceremony is religious or civil, music will play a vital part in making it go smoothly and, more importantly, making it magical and memorable.
Here are the points of the wedding ceremony where music is most important. And, if you hire wedding pianist Simon Jordan, you can choose your own music for each of these moments.
Welcoming your Guests
Soft, understated music to encourage your guests to enter the ceremony room and take their seats; making sure they are all seated before the bride! Many couples select classical music for this part of the ceremony - a nod to tradition and the fact that classical music encourages people to settle.
Arrival of the Bride
Whatever the length of the aisle she is about to walk down, the right piece of music sets a magical tone for everything that is to follow. Chosen by the bride and groom, it is the first part of the day that they can enjoy together, and performed by an experienced live musician such as Simon Jordan, it can be neatly tied off at exactly the right moment so the final chord is heard as the bride arrives next to her bridegroom. Popular choices for this moment are:
Wagner's Bridal Chorus ("Here Comes the Bride")
Brian Crain's Butterfly Waltz
Signing of the Register
Once you are married comes the legal procedure of signing the register, involving the bride and groom and their two witnesses. Once this is done, a dummy copy of the register will be provided and the official photographer will be invited to take his or her shots. (A dummy document is used so the details of previously married couples on the register are not shared!).
Once the official photographer is done, the registrar, celebrant or priest will likely invite your guests to come up to take their own snaps of your first few minutes as a married couple. Depending on the number of guests, it can be quite time-consuming to get them all seated again - especially as they have sat still and silent for 20 minutes while you have been married and are now in the mood to party!
A wedding musician such as pianist Simon Jordan will perform for up to ten minutes or more at this point, adjusting the intensity and volume of his playing to suit. The music chosen for this moment is normally reflective to start with, as wedding guests wait those extra moments before they are allowed to take their photos. Popular choices include:
Elbow - One Day Like This
Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Charles Chaplin - Smile
Recessional / Exit of the newly married couple
Hopefully the guests will applaud the couple out of the ceremony room or church at this moment! The music normally chosen is anthemic and celebratory, and should last until the very last guest has left the ceremony room. Simon Jordan is often asked for:
Take That - Greatest Day
Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Drinks Reception: The Party Begins - But You're Away!
After the pomp and tradition of your wedding ceremony, the drinks reception offers the chance for your guests to relax into the rest of the day and to celebrate your marriage - often while you are ushered away by your photographer, leaving your guests to their own devices, and often some awkward silences!
Depending on the number of your guests and the size of your space, music performed at the right volume and the right intensity can act as a conversation-starter and and a mood-setter, especially if your family and friends are a little reluctant to break the ice.
Step forward pianist Simon Jordan, a highly experienced performer who has played at many weddings over many years and knows exactly how to create the right atmosphere with the right music!
Sunshine and Superb Music at Your Outside Drinks Reception
If your drinks reception is outside, Simon can be positioned to provide live music while lawn games are being played and refreshing drinks are being served. As the sun beats down and you take your first steps outside to relax, Simon's piano music can drift across patio and lawns, however far you want to go. Simon's two Yamaha stage pianos can be connected to PA systems and outdoor speakers, he can be positioned outside, or inside to make use of internal acoustics. The choice is yours.
Get The Party Started Indoors
Inside drinks receptions, possibly in the autumn or the winter or at any time of the year if the weather is inclement, make even better use of Simon's talents. Whatever the weather outside, a few pieces from Simon the pianist will soon get the party started inside! Only the most experienced wedding and party pianists know how to transform a mood - and Simon can play the music you have chosen for your guests, or put together his own menu of music, or take requests from the room, to really get the celebrations started!
Wedding Breakfast: Your Favourite Songs, Played Exclusively for You and Your Friends
The length of a wedding breakfast can depend on the capability of your venue and the number of your guests, as well as the number of courses. While the top table is being served, other tables can be waiting a long time for their food.
A live wedding pianist can hold their attention and also add sophistication and elegance to the whole of the wedding breakfast. Whatever the length of the meal or the amount of alcohol drunk, a pianist can respond to the occasion with music of the right choosing - and also take requests!
You Pick the Music - and Start the Fun!
You can pick every tune Simon Jordan plays during your meal - so there will be no lulls, as you catch somebody's eye, recall a shared experience, all prompted by Simon playing one of your favourite tunes at the desired moment. Simon can also cue up each of your speakers during the speeches with their 'theme music' - this can create a lot of merriment when timed correctly, and Simon is a master of that!
Crucially, the wedding breakfast is that one time of the day, after the ceremony, when you are all together. Music from an iPod just does not have the same presence, or start a conversation. An iPod won't take requests, or play back some music that you have hummed to them, or adjust their volume to enable conversation - a lively experienced wedding pianist like Simon Jordan is the person to turn to.
If you want to involve your whole crowd in a musical quiz throughout the meal, perhaps using film themes as a few clients have done, you are very welcome! And Simon won't need to take a break, and there won't be long gaps between songs like with a singer or an ensemble, as they reprogram their iPod or get out their sheet music. Everything Simon plays comes from an iPad containing 1,000 songs, or from his own head!