Craig Smith: Special event and wedding music
Craig Smith is a professional wedding pianist in Preston, providing wedding entertainment playing piano for Lancashire civil wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions and wedding receptions. A UK pianist available nationwide but mainly playing Lancashire wedding piano North West. Lancashire wedding hotels and halls for weddings are the most common wedding venues with piano music that Craig performs, and bookings have recently included Leyland Hotel, Eaves Hall, Samlesbury Hall, Mitton Hall, Mytton Fold, Farington Lodge, Ribby Hall, Ashton Memorial and Singleton Lodge. Book a pianist for your wedding ceremony in Lancashire! For more information, please visit Craig's wedding piano website.
North West Wedding Pianists
A graduate of the acclaimed Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in music and an associate of the Victoria College of Music, Craig Smith is an experienced and multi-skilled professional session musician based in Preston. He performs regularly at civil wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions and similar functions as a solo wedding pianist, and also with wedding duos and wedding bands.
He has shared stages with the likes of Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott, The Noisettes, Tinchy Stryder and Spin Doctors, has recorded on a Bryan Adams track, and worked as the musical director for touring shows including The Opera Boys UK Tour, Simply70s: Ultimate Classic Rock and The Gary Barlow Live Tribute Show, playing at theatres and stadia nationwide. For more detailed information regarding Craig's work, including solo event and wedding piano entertainment, plus testimonials, full package lists etc, please pay a visit to www.craigsmithmusic.co.uk.
Picture the scene: your guests arrive at your idyllic country house for your wedding ceremony. As they step out of their cars, they're greeted by the sight of a grand piano (outside!) on which a pianist — suited, booted and looking sharp — is playing all of their favourite songs...
Here at Dream Day Music, we have four main pianists (Craig, Conal, Izzy and Nick) with others in the wings if they are already booked. All are North West based and highly regarded session musicians, recording for or touring and sharing stages with artists including household names such as Paloma Faith, Van Morrison and Jools Holland, and playing in renowned hotels such as Savoy, London. Alongside this work, all our pianists are time-served wedding entertainers, most with at least ten years of wedding piano under their belts.
Services and Price Guide
Our pianists are available to provide music for any part of your big day or event from just £180, be it a wedding ceremony, cocktail reception, wedding breakfast or 'landmark' birthday party. A professional pianist with hundreds of gigs under his belt, any of our pianists will play styles to suit any occasion: classical, swing/jazz, easy listening, pop, soul, theatre/showtunes and others. Our pianists are also available in various duets with our other musicians: sax and piano; piano-vocal; violin and piano etc.
- Drinks Reception piano entertainment: from £140
- Wedding Ceremony piano music: from £220
- Wedding Breakfast piano entertainment: from £200
Where there is a piano on site and no additional piano would need to be set up, we are able to offer a discount of £60 on the above prices.
How Soon Should I Book?
Pianists are a particularly popular choice for wedding ceremony and drinks reception music, and wedding bookings are typically made between 6 and 18 months in advance of the wedding. That said, it is not uncommon for people to book with as much as two and a half years still to go until their Dream Day.
Our advice: just book your entertainment as soon as you know what you want; along with photographers, magicians etc, each musician's work is unique and it is these sorts of suppliers who'll make your wedding personal to you, and memorable to your guests.
Wedding piano in Lancashire and beyond
Each pianist is available as a Lancashire wedding pianist at all of the major North West wedding venues, regularly performing at Bartle Hall (Preston); Samlesbury Hall; Eaves Hall and Mitton Hall (Clitheroe); Mytton Fold (Whalley), Singleton Lodge and The Villa (Kirkham / Wrea Green); Farington Lodge (Leyla
Other venues for which our pianists have recently been booked include Peckforton Castle, Carden Park, Leasowe Castle, A Hard Days Night Hotel, Belsfield Hotel and The Coniston Hotel and Wortley Hall.
Craig is a wedding pianist UK, mainly as a wedding pianist in Lancashire and playing North West wedding piano. He most regularly plays piano for weddings in Preston, Leyland, Kirkham, Lancaster and Whalley, at wedding hotels:
- Eaves Hall, Clitheroe
- Mitton Hall, Clitheroe
- Preston Guild Hall
- Samlesbury Hall
- Mytton Fold, Whalley
- The Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green
- Ashton Memorial, Lancaster
- Haighton Manor, Preston
- Bartle Hall, Preston
- Farington Lodge, Leyland
- Leyland Hotel
- Barton Grange Hotel, Preston
- Singleton Lodge, Blackpool
- Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham
DemosFor more information, please don't hesitate to contact us. Please click here for sample Piano repertoire.
Craig is a member of Jessicas Ghost, who have been popular both on the festivals scene and at private parties since 2005. He has also worked as the music director several function and party bands; all the band members used are session musicians of the highest standard. Craig plays as a session musician, as a non-regular member of other bands and with singer songwriters.