Welcome to The Cocktail Pianist

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My name is Paul White, I am a pianist based in Macclesfield in the North West.  I work as a piano teacher in and around Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Congleton and Knutsford.  All lessons will be in the comfort of your own home and so no travel time for you. As I  provide music for functions such as weddings and hotel events you know that you will be taking lessons from an actual  working musician.   I now have over 20 years experience teaching the piano and I can teach most styles of music although most of my lesson requests are classical piano. With classical piano you can learn  for your own enjoyment or maybe you would like to take the piano grades.  Classical piano music is the foundation of all music and so our lessons will include learning how to read music, theory,  and if wanted also composition, improvisation and playing from memory.  

I am very experienced at teaching very young beginners and also adult beginners / re-starters.  I also give lessons to other piano teachers  who perhaps now want to become working musicians and so want to enhance their skills with music repertoire and improvisation.  Additionally I provide lessons to singers and other musicians who now want to be able to add piano playing to their musical services.  

 

I also provide background music for weddings, Civil Ceremonies corporate events and private parties in areas including Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield , Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.  

My style of playing is easy listening, swing, light jazz, light classical, show-tunes and modern pop. I can accommodate most musical tastes, please click below to see my repertoire list and also my testimonials.

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If your venue has no piano then don’t worry, for no extra cost I can bring my portable digital piano.

No two occasions are ever the same so please contact me and tell me your individual requirements.

As a wedding pianist you may choose from a range of packages that will provide you with music for any combination of either the Ceremony, Drinks Reception or Wedding Breakfast.

For parties and corporate events I am happy to tailor my playing time to suit your budget.

I am based in Macclesfield but I am happy to travel anywhere nationally to be at your event and I don’t charge travel expenses for events within 50 miles of Macclesfield.

Biography

Paul wanted to be a pianist since he was a young boy.

After passing his formal  piano exams Paul established himself as a piano teacher in Macclesfield where with now 25 years of experience behind him he still teaches classical piano in his student's homes in the Macclesfield, Congleton and Wilmslow areas.   As well as accompanying students and professional soloists, he also performs for weddings, hotels, award ceremonies, bar mitzvahs, sporting events  and other special occasions. Paul has now been established for 25 years and he has a good working relationship with the top wedding venues and hotels in the North West of England. 

Paul has now played at hundreds of events in England and Europe and so as a versatile performer he can offer you quality entertainment as he has developed his own style of performing popular classics from the 1950's onwards.  He can take any piece of music and immediately reproduce it into a different style -  such as a fast piece of music could become a slow-romantic tune and a usually slow piece of music could become a much faster and up-beat jazz song. 

Music

Having live piano music for your wedding will undoubtedly enhance your big day as it will help to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.  It will immediately add elegance to your ceremony and class to your drinks reception and wedding meal.  Before your wedding day Paul will discuss your chosen music for the ceremony which  will include the processional music and  then music for the signing of the register followed by your chosen  music as you walk out as a married couple. 

For your drinks reception and wedding meal Paul can choose music to match the mood of the day - perhaps this will be more upbeat music for the drinks reception and then something more romantic for your meal.  Paul is also able to take non-piano music such as a dance, club or a rock track etc and he can turn the melody into a romantic piano ballad and so whatever your musical tastes you can be sure to hear your favourite songs for your wedding.  

Select from the tracks below for examples of the style of music I play, or click on the above Facebook or YouTube links to hear more of my playing. 


Here are a few of the most memorable venues I have played at recently:

Adlington Hall - Macclesfield
The Bridge Hotel - Prestbury
Bartle Hall - Preston  North West
Britannia Manchester Hotel
Carr Hall Castle - Halifax
Chirk Castle - Wrexham
Crewe Hall Hotel - Crewe Cheshire
Crabwall Manor - Chester
Haslington Hall - Crewe
The Stanneylands Hotel - Wilmslow
The Forest Hills Hotel - Frodsham
Haigh Hall And Country Park - Wigan
Hilton Hotel - Liverpool
The Heath House - Gothic revival mansion Staffordshire
The Lymm Hotel - Warrington
The Mere Court Hotel - Knutsford
Mere Golf and Country Club - Knutsford

 

Mitton Hall Hotel - Clitheroe
Mottram Hall Hotel - Macclesfield, Cheshire
Nunsmere Hall - Tarporley, Northwich
Peckforton Castle - Cheshire
Plas Maenan Country House - Conwy  Wales
Ringwood Hall - Chesterfield
Rivington Hall Barn - Bolton Manchester
Rookery Hall Hotel - Nantwich Cheshire
Rowton hall Hotel - Chester
St. Georges Hall - Liverpool
Sandhole Oak Barn - Congleton
Statham Lodge - Lymm
The Park Royal Hotel - Warrington
The Raddison SAS Hotel - Liverpool
Shrigley Hall - Macclesfield, Cheshire
The Swettenham Arms - Nr. Congleton
Walton Hall And Gardens - Warrington

... plus various house parties in and around Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.