December 14, 2016

Care home & dementia work

I’m pleased to announce that I’m now working with a variety of care homes, senior groups and dementia organisations in Sussex and the South East, including the Blind Veterans Hospital; Barchester Homes; Dementia UK; The Shelley, Worthing and Smallbrooke, Horley, to name but a few.

 Seniors lunch group 1

My music hall style of performance and the songs I play (a blend of the old pub tunes mixed with pops hits from the 40s – 80s, along with some boogie, blues and ragtime) are going down a treat, and it’s a real pleasure, indeed even an honour, to play to audiences that have direct experience of a time when the piano was at the heart of most social gatherings. As ever with my performances sing a long is encouraged, though never forced, and I’ll even get people dancing if I can. But regardless of whether people want to sing, dance or just listen, the main aim is always the same, to put a smile on people’s faces.


I have space for more bookings in this area, either locally or further afield, and so if you’re reading this and thinking this would go down well at somewhere you know, then please do get in touch, I’ll be happy to discuss what I do in more detail. I know budgets in this sector are often very tight and so I do my best to offer a range of prices that works for both parties.

‘Mark, an absolute pleasure to have met you .. thank you so very much .. we all loved your entertainment’ – Kingsland, Shoreham

‘Look forward to seeing you next time. The residents and I thoroughly enjoyed your performance last week’ – Francis Court, Copthorne

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December 13, 2016

Building a road to bring you a piano

Having a garage is essential for my work as it’s where I keep the piano and do all the engineering side of the business. This summer my family and I moved house and the new property thankfully has a bigger garage (I was beginning to run out of space with the previous one). However the downside is that access to it went from this lovely smooth bit of concrete (with generous assisting slope to help roll the piano in and out of the van)

Previous garage access

to this muddy track!

New garage access

New garage access

So in order to ensure easy, reliable (and not least clean!) access to the new garage, allowing me to come and go with the piano quickly and efficiently, I’ve decided to build a road (yes a road!) and demonstrate to you just how far I’ll go to bring you real piano. Here’s the progress so far, three weeks in.

Hammer manRoad build 1

Expected completion date is around June 2018, after which I’ll be tendering for some M4 widening work.

Visit the Facebook page for regular updates and occasional ones here.

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June 11, 2016

Mobile Piano mk2 up and running

Mobile Piano mk2

My mk2 mobile piano has been in action for a few months now and is working a treat. It’s a bigger, bolder upright than the first mobile piano, with a fuller, more majestic sound. I have developed various features from the first, including moving from a 2 to 4 wheel setup, improving the amplification/mic set up and adding brakes. As with the mk1 version, it’s rolls easily in and out of my van and fits through a standard 28″ width door and so it’s easily transportable and gets into most venues and places, indoors or out. To see and find out more visit the Facebook page

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September 11, 2015

Developing mobile piano no.2

My first mobile piano has done me proud, but the time to upgrade the instrument has come. So watch this space for the mark 2 version, coming soon!

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June 26, 2014

BBC Southeast Today local news item

Here’s a local news item by BBC Southeast today on myself and the lost art of ‘vamping’ on the piano. Originally went out in April 2013, you can link through to the BBC online copy here .

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