An award-winning pianist who can play for your wedding ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. Simon can play any tune.
Simon Jordan is an incredibly experienced and versatile pianist. He trained at the Royal Academy and worked for BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3 for many years. He has graced the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, and now performs around the world, from concerts and weddings to an annual audience with the Prime Minister.
Simon is a piano player with experience playing at many hundreds of weddings, across the England and Wales.
He is an exceptional piano performer whose musicianship and experience adds sophistication, elegance and distinction to any occasion.
Hiring pianist Simon Jordan means it is possible to choose every song he plays.
Simon travels with two iPads containing the sheet music to over 1,000 songs, with many more in his head.
If Simon does not know your favourite music, he will learn it and play it for you, so the music is yours and yours alone for your wedding day.
This pianist provides a personalised level of service, playing music you choose, not asking you to pick from lists like other pianists do; he is fully insured with £5m public liability cover and all equipment PAT tested, all e-mails are answered within 24 hours. Simon approaches your wedding as he would his own – with the utmost care and attention to detail, with nothing left to chance. Contact Simon now for a quote!
A Pianist Unlike Any Other
- You Pick The Music I Play
Simon has worked for BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3. He can play hundreds of pieces of music, from Beyonce to Bach to Bollywood. He has perfect pitch and can play almost any tune by ear
- Hear Me Play Before The Day
Hook up with Simon on Skype or FaceTime at any point before your big day to hear your ceremony music being performed – and prepare for those lifelong memories when you walk down the aisle
- A True Wedding Professional
Simon has played for hundreds of weddings, and knows when to play – and when to shut up…
- Full liaison with the venue staff
Simon treats every wedding as if it were his own – liaising weeks in advance with venue staff, arriving early with time to spare, and not leaving anything to chance
- Yamaha artist
Simon travels with two Yamaha stage pianos, and full PA and lighting set up should you need it
- One bride asked Simon to play The Final Countdown just before she entered the ceremony room; Simon knew exactly how to perform this, and with a smile on his face, so the joke was made and the musician was not passing comment on the nature of weddings!
- Simon has performed with a singer who was a bridesmaid with no time for rehearsal; the three-year-old son of the bride and groom; and in a recording for a housebound grandfather who couldn’t attend. All songs were chosen by the bride.
- Simon travels up to many weddings before the day to check a venue’s piano is in tune and suitable; leaving nothing to chance.
Pianist at Your Wedding Ceremony
As your guests settle into their seats
Simon’s music subtly sets an elegant and distinguished tone for the day.
The Bride’s Entrance
The bride enters the ceremony room, beautifully accompanied by with some music she has picked out herself. It finishes at exactly the right moment.
This should be the first thing you think about when choosing your music.
It’s the first thing your guests will remember, and is the first thing you will hear on all the videos.
And it’s the track that will set the tone for the whole day.
Here are some of the most requested tracks over 2016 to be played by pianist Simon Jordan.
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
- Canon – Pachelbel
- River Flows in You – Yiruma
- Here Comes the Bride
- Here Comes the Sun
- One Day Like This – Elbow
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- All Of Me – John Legend
Thinking about the length of your aisle and how far you have to travel. How fast will you walk in your dress? Will you send bridesmaids, matron of honour etc before you? Pick a tune that will make a statement during the time you will take getting to the priest or celebrant.
Hiring a live musician like Simon Jordan means the performance will be tailored exactly to the time you take, and be beautifully timed so it finishes on exactly the right note!
Signing the Register
Simon can entertain the guests or provide a gentler musical background to encourage a long-awaited photo opportunity!
As the register is signed, your witnesses are called up and add their own details.
Then the photographer takes charge – and some photographers take a long time!
Pictures of the couple, the couple with their parents, the couple with their witnesses, the couple with best man etc – and then the all-important paparazzi shots, where the guests take their turn. Some of them have been waiting a long time!
The wedding guests have about ten minutes to wait – about half the length of the ceremony so far. So you will need to keep them entertained, or it will be difficult to get them seated again so the ceremony can be drawn to a close.
You can select some important tracks to keep them entertained (and seated, and quiet!).
Here I offer my brides no strict guidelines apart from “choose the songs you most want to listen to” – you will be seated, relaxed and smiling for most of this period with a chance to enjoy the music! It’s also the music that you will be sharing with your guests, as they will be doing the same thing.
As the wedding party and guests depart, Simon performs specially arranged celebratory music of their choosing.
After the entrance music, it’s the most important choice you’ll make for the ceremony: the track accompanying the departure of the married couple – and the guests.
This music sets the celebratory tone for the rest of the day, says all about you as a couple (not as two single people any more!) and has to be loud and active enough to be heard above the applause!
Here are some popular choices:
- One Day Like This – Elbow
- Spring from “The Four Seasons” – Vivaldi
- All You Need Is Love – Beatles
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
- Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
- Marry You – Bruno Mars
- Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
- Wedding March
- Greatest Day – Take That
- Rule The World – Take That
Wedding Drinks Reception / Canapes
Simon plays background music that can encourage your guests to mingle while the bride and groom are elsewhere with the photographer. Spur-of-the-moment requests are very happily taken!
Music of any style and background to keep the conversation flowing and the party mood continuing as your guests sit down to eat together
Simon can provide a digital stage piano which can be relocated as the action moves from room to room of your venue