Reviews & Kind Words

Knowing that I’ve added something special to a couple’s big day is so important to me! Below are some comments I have collated from previous bookers, taken from online reviews or letters/cards I have received from them. You can also read more feedback in the reviews section on my Facebook page.

Kate and Morgan at Kelmarsh Hall

James is utterly brilliant. He’s super talented, very accommodating and extremely friendly and enthusiastic. He worked really hard to make sure that the music played during our ceremony suited us and our tastes. All guests have been so complimentary about James. He added a touch of sophistication and class to the ceremony without being cliché. It was an absolute pleasure having him play at our wedding. He is truly exceptional!

– Kate and Morgan (Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire)

Harmeet and Mitch cake toppers.
We cannot recommend James highly enough – he is genuinely brilliant! His music really added to the atmosphere and made our wedding feel extra special. All of our guests had nothing but compliments. James is also such a lovely guy – from the moment we reached out to him, he has been super friendly and accommodating. Thank you so much, James!

– Harmeet and Mitch (Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire)
Holly and Josh Devine

Could not recommend James enough! He was so accommodating with our last minute request and made our special day so perfect! Thank you so much for making our day the day it was, all our guests said how amazing you were and we couldn’t be happier.

– Holly and Josh (Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire)

Charlie and Lewis

James’ communication throughout was outstanding. It was so reassuring to hear on the morning he had arrived way ahead of expected arrival to set up and prepare. He also made sure to play our favourite songs whenever we were around at the drinks reception which we were so grateful for as we were so busy! James was so reliable and we had no concerns at all, you can tell how much he genuinely loves playing the piano. Thanks again James for being part of our special day!

– Charlie and Lewis (The West Mill, Derbyshire)

Ella and George at Manor by the Lake

From the point of enquiry up to the big day, James was absolutely amazing. Such a talented and kind individual with an impressive and varied set list that was perfect for the extended drinks reception of our wedding. The music on the day was wonderful and all the guests loved it! I would definitely recommend James to anyone looking for a pianist for any occasion, and I wouldn’t hesitate to book him again in the future!

– Ella & George (Manor by the Lake, Gloucestershire)

Stacey and Aaron at Heaton House Farm

James was absolutely fantastic, he learnt two new songs for us because they were important to us and played them like a pro! James answered all of my questions quickly over messenger and email. I wasn’t sure about walking down the aisle to piano at first but loved the music James had on his Facebook page and it was even better on the day! I am just so pleased we came across him! Thank you James!

– Stacey and Aaron (Heaton House Farm, Cheshire)

Abbie and Jordan at The West Mill

We booked James to play for our wedding breakfast and could not be happier that we did! From the moment of the first enquiry he was very professional and had great communication! James clearly has a passion for what he does and it really shows. We had so many people comment on how talented he is and how his music created the perfect atmosphere during our reception (the Chilli Peppers piece was a hit all round!). We only wish we’d booked for more parts of the day!!

– Abbie and Jordan (The West Mill, Derbyshire)

Maisie and Joseph at The West Mill

We had James to play the piano for when I walked down the aisle and we can not recommended him enough! He was amazing and so many people commented saying how lovely it was to have the piano live playing in the background!

– Maisie and Joseph (The West Mill, Derbyshire)

Olivia and Lawrence

James is incredible and his music is simply beautiful. I could sit and listen to him play all day. He is extremely kind and is willing to help you with whatever song choices you have. I would highly recommend! I am already thinking of the next big occasion I can book him in for!

– Olivia and Lawrence (Mythe Barn, Leicestershire)

Chelsea and Nick at Billesley Manor.

We booked James for our wedding ceremony and drinks reception and right for the start the service he delivered was incredible. James is professional and very accommodating but also a genuine lovely and friendly person. His piano playing is absolute perfection and we had so many lovely comments telling us how much people loved the music and how friendly and approachable James himself is. Our only regret is not asking James to stay and play for our wedding breakfast too. We cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for us and all of the hard work he has put in.

– Chelsea and Nick (Billesley Manor, Warwickshire)

Naomi and Tom at Prestwold Hall.

James was incredible from first contact to follow-up after our wedding. I had a special request for James to perform the Star Wars theme as a surprise for my husband and I think it’s the only reason he started to well-up as I came down the aisle! He also performed beautiful renditions of Accidentally in Love and Africa which are songs that mean a lot to us! Thank you again James, you made our day so special!

– Naomi and Tom (Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire)

Laura and Scott
James was absolutely wonderful at our wedding in September and it really made our wedding reception drinks and meal so special. James joined in the fun when our friends and family started singing along and created an atmosphere we will never forget! Highly recommend!

– Laura and Scott (The Farmhouse at Mackworth, Derbyshire)
Cassie and Alex

We booked James to play for our wedding ceremony and he was amazing!! We had so many lovely comments from guests saying how lovely it was. I wanted a specific song to walk down the aisle to and James kindly learnt this for me. I couldn’t recommend James enough!!! He is friendly, professional and extremely talented.

– Cassie and Alex (Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire)

Jen and Jamie
James played at our wedding in September and he was amazing! From the moment we booked him, he made us feel really at ease and always responded quickly to any queries we had. He really listened to what we wanted and took the time to learn about our music preferences. James is so talented and an amazing pianist but not only that, he is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and all of our guests said the same! If you’re considering booking him for any event then go for it! You definitely won’t be disappointed! Thank you so much James for everything you did for us!

– Jen and Jamie (The West Mill, Derbyshire)
Ella and Harrison at Amalfi White.
We’ve been meaning to contact James to say thank you so much for the amazing performance he did at our wedding. There were so many compliments about the music throughout the day. He is in a league of his own and we can’t recommend him enough! We hope to see him at another event very soon!

– Ella and Harrison (Amalfi White, Derbyshire)
Hannah and Daniel at Hotel Indigo in Stratford.
Thank you so much James! Compliments kept coming all evening saying what a lovely touch your piano added.

– Hannah and Daniel (Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon)
Laura and Matt on their wedding day at Falcon Manor
James played at my wedding and he was AMAZING!! He is so talented and made our day so special by playing some of our favourite songs! His renditions were beautiful! They made our day so special. A massive heartfelt thank you! x

– Laura and Matt (Falcon Manor, North Yorkshire)
 Ben and Steve on their wedding day at Kingstanding Farm.
Thank you for all your extremely hard work, organising the truly amazing music you provided on our special day! We can’t even comprehend how many hours it took to organise. Your hard work truly made our day even more magical and the guests were well and truly entertained and we have had lots of extremely positive comments about you!

– Ben and Steve (Kingstanding Farm, Warwickshire)
Charlotte and Lewis at Barnsdale Hall Hotel.
He was absolutely amazing, learned and played songs we requested and our guests thoroughly loved him. Cannot wait to find an excuse to have him play for us again.

– Charlotte and Lewis (Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Rutland)
Nicola and Alan at The Symphony Rooms in Leicester.
From start to finish James was amazing. Would highly recommend him to play at any event. Thank you so much again.

– Nicola and Alan (The Symphony Rooms, Leicester)
Jess and Joe on the wedding day with their dog Mia.
My wife and I were fortunate to have James play at our wedding reception. He did play all of the wedding standards, while also having some personalised songs that meant so much to us. Cannot recommend highly enough!

– Joe and Jess (Northop Hall Hotel, North Wales)
Ellie and Stewart exit the church after getting married near Chester.
Thanks so much for being a huge part of our day – loved your performance, James! Walking in Memphis was special.

– Ellie and Stewart (St Peter’s Church & DoubleTree Hotel, Chester)
Joe Durow
He was absolutely brilliant! We threw a slight curveball with the era and James got on board with our theme, happily learning some new music to complement the evening, all delivered with perfection. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

– Joe Durow (Private Party, Desford, Leicestershire)
Jenny and Jeremy in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds
It was such a highlight, creating a fabulous atmosphere and playing all the songs we had said we loved from 70s and 80s. The white grand piano looked a real show piece too, made for a really impressive entrance for our guests as they arrived. Can highly recommend.

– Jenny and Jeremy (Private Party, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire)

Header photo: Dal Hatton.