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If you are looking for quality live music for your event, you’ve come to the right place!

We are a small family business with an extensive network of professional musicians, all personally recommended for both their stunning performances and their friendly personalities.   Based mainly in London and Birmingham, they are happy to travel much further afield.

Whatever you have in mind, or even if you’re not sure what you have in mind, just get in touch and we’ll be very happy to help. You will be put under no pressure.  We combine individual service with a wealth of expertise – we can talk you through all the options and give a no-obligation quote for your event.

Professional Music Events – for effortless entertainment.


Artists

As well as our superb solo instrumentalists and singers, we have a great variety of bands and ensembles available:  duos, trios, string quartets, ceilidh bands, jazz bands, covers bands to name but a few.  They love to provide music from all around the world in a great range of styles such as classical, jazz, folk, pop, romantic and contemporary.

Here’s a small selection to give you some ideas! (Click on images for details and samples.)

Nathan Richards, trumpet

Nathan Richards (trumpet)

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Nathan Richards – trumpet

Nathan Richards is a brilliant trumpeter who has won many prizes for his superb playing.  As well as performing with major orchestras, he is a fine soloist and a member of the exciting Accenti Brass Quintet.

Darren McCarthy, double bass

Darrne McCarthy (double bass)

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Christian Miller Trio

Gabriel Latchin plays jazz

Playing both double bass and electric bass, Darren McCarthy adapts to most styles of music and will make your event go with a swing!  He plays with both the Christian Miller Trio and with the Gabriel Latchin Trio

 

Chris Snead, trumpet

Chris Snead (trumpet)

With over ten years’ experience as a freelance professional trumpeter, Chris Snead has performed with huge success in Britain’s leading concert venues.  He plays in practically every genre, but his particular love is jazz.

 

 

Fiddle Paradiddle Ceilidh Band

Fiddle Paradiddle Ceilidh Band

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Fiddle Paradiddle play Military Two-Step

Fiddle Paradiddle play Gay Gordons

Hogmanay Hootenanny

You won’t be disappointed in this relaxing and relaxed group who bring fun and expertise to your ceilidh!

The versatile trio ring the changes with fiddle, mandolin, penny whistle, guitar and cajon (a drum kit in a box!), as well as expert calling for both beginners and experienced dancers.

Cymbiotic Percussion Duo

Cymbiotic watched by Evelyn Glennie

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Cymbiotic play at The Forge, Camden

Cymbiotic play Black and White Rag

Cymbiotic play Soho

Cymbiotic play Grace

Cymbiotic play Cymbiotic

This percussion duo has played to great acclaim in a wide variety of settings, including for Her Majesty the Queen at a glittering cultural reception as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

With sounds ranging from the mellow marimba to the pulsating rhythm of African drums, they can adapt to whatever atmosphere you would like to create and they appeal to all ages.

A bonus is that you and your guests are welcome to try out the instruments if you would like!

Tansy Garrod, violin

Tansy Garrod (violin)

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Tansy Garrod plays La Guerra

Tansy Garrod plays Spiegel im Spiegel

A delightful and accomplished violinist, Tansy Garrod won a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and has since played to many appreciative audiences in venues such as Exeter Cathedral and St Martin in the Fields.  She performs both as a soloist and as a member of various string quartets.  Recently, she has collaborated with Cymbiotic Percussion Duo in innovative arrangements of familiar violin solos.

Click on image to see and hear Tansy play an extract from ‘Meditation’ by Massenet.

  • Nathan Richards, trumpet

    Nathan Richards, trumpet

  • Darren McCarthy, double bass

    Darren McCarthy, double bass

  • Chris Snead, trumpet

    Chris Snead, trumpet

  • Fiddle Paradiddle Ceilidh Band

    Fiddle Paradiddle Ceilidh Band

  • Cymbiotic Percussion Duo

    Cymbiotic Percussion Duo

  • Tansy Garrod, violin

    Tansy Garrod, violin

Events

Music Unwrapped Events at The Highbury

A chance to dip your toe into a fresh new musical experience and let it take your breath away. Relax with friends over a drink or a bite to eat in an intimate atmosphere, with music to inspire and revive – the perfect way to unwind on a Friday evening.  The beautiful Highbury Suite at the refurbished Highbury Pub in South Birmingham provides the ideal setting for these  music nights we launched in April 2014.

A sample of recent Music Unwrapped Events

Friday 10th July 2015 – Cymbiotic Percussion Duo returned with panache!

marimba and vibraphone

An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a huge range of music from Cymbiotic (Ed Beesley and Ross Garrod) at The Highbury. From bouncy ‘Babbler’ to Steve Reich’s controversial minimalist piece ‘Marimba Phase’, Cymbiotic engaged and inspired.

A few comments from the audience
“Wow, that was amazing!  Thank you!”
“Mad skillz!!  We absolutely loved it.  Thank you for a great night.”
“Brilliant, awesome, fantastic.”
“Thank you so much, huge range of styles, inventive, fun and enjoyable.”
“Mind-boggling skills.  I didn’t want the performance to end!”

Friday 12th September 2014 – Silent Movies with live piano

Tom Adamson provides live piano accompaniment

Touring Local Cinema and Midtown Music collaborate for Silent Movies evening

Some comments from people who came along:

‘The silent movie night was a big hit with all the family enjoying it, especially the youngest (7 year-old) – what a surprise that was!’
‘It is a really unique night that I never before thought I would attend.  The entertainment is timeless.’
‘Really unusual and enjoyable evening.’
‘Fab event.’

 

 

Friday 10th October 2014 – Celtic Funk

Funky and Celtic guitarRowena Knight brought not only a whole family of instruments, but also percussionist Rob Peters for maximum variety and impact.

A great gig.  A lovely evening.

It’s so good to have such a range of professional music at a local venue, different every time and great value.

 

Friday 14th November 2014 – Zamira Duo

Tansy Garrod (violin), Mary Reid (harp)

This delightful duo (Tansy Garrod and Mary Reid) gave a dazzling performance on violin and harp much appreciated by those who went along:

‘Performance superb!’

‘A wonderful way to spend a Friday evening.  It was amazing to see a harp being played in person.  It seems so complicated but the sound was so beautiful.’

‘Two excellent players – outstanding.’

‘Well I like it because it inspires me because I play the harp and the music is lovely.’
(aged 8)

Your Events

Our musicians are experienced in playing at a vast array of events and in a huge range of venues from concert halls to schools, outdoor spaces to hospitals, private homes to large businesses, country churches to cathedrals. Whatever your event, we would love to provide the music for it.  Here is a selection of possible events, but don’t be limited by these – all your ideas are welcome!

  • Corporate events
  • Weddings
  • Concerts
  • Special birthdays and other celebrations
  • After-dinner entertainment
  • Intimate romantic moments
  • Music festivals
  • Memorial services
  • Church events
  • Launches
  • Workplace concerts
  • Team-building events
  • Hospitals, care homes and day centres
  • School workshops and demonstrations or masterclasses
Cymbiotic at Guy's and St Thomas' hospital

Testimonials

“Just to say the evening was a great success and the band were superb. So many people were saying how good the band were and asked us where we found them. What was good was that they played a mix of music knowing that a break was required after a couple of ceilidh dances for people to recover – so they played either contemporary music or folk, a really nice mixture.  So many, many thanks indeed for finding them.”
Alistair, Feb 2017 (party, Wild Clover)

“They were incredibly professional, very flexible and very talented – they really got the party going and all our guests commented on how good they were!  Tom and the band learnt two new songs especially for our wedding which really was a highlight of the whole day.”
Thank you again,
Ruth and Jonathan, Dec 2016 (The Groovitive)

“Just wanted to say thank you to the band for playing at our wedding. It was a great day. I hope they saw how much everyone was enjoying it. The dance floor was never empty. I didn’t realise they were so young – but they are excellent musicians and Ross is a great caller and was very patient, as various people mentioned, with all the oldies who hadn’t a clue!”
Lynn, Dec 2016 (Fiddle Paradiddle)

“Thanks to the band for a great night of dancing. We couldn’t have been happier and got lots of great feedback from friends and family.”
Fiona, September 2015 (wedding, The Sassenachs)

“We enjoyed the concert and would very much like to hear about upcoming appearances. I thought they were both fabulous musicians and the nicest sort of performers – confident without taking themselves too seriously.”
audience member, July 2015, (Music Unwrapped at The Highbury, Cymbiotic Percussion Duo)

“Just to say a huge thank you for setting us up with Ceilidh Tree for our event last night. They were absolutely cracking and made the party a real success. What a lovely group of people too! Many people were already asking when they could go to another dance!”
Olivia, July 2015  (Cantus Ensemble Social Event, Ceilidh Tree)

“Really interesting to see the harp so close and to hear how it works (also the marimba at a previous concert).  Very good programme for a mixed audience. Two excellent players. ‘Nigun’ was outstanding.”
Michael Dewsbury, Judy Dewsbury, November 2014 (Music Unwrapped at The Highbury, Zamira Violin and Harp Duo)

“We’re just back from our honeymoon (which was lovely and relaxing) and just wanted to say a massive thank you to Emily and the band (I forget the name of the caller but he was great) for coming along and rocking our wedding! They coped amazingly well with such a large and rowdy crowd, many of whom were ceilidh inexperienced and needed extra pointers! They really made the party. Everyone loved the ceilidh and we couldn’t get over how many people wanted to join in.”
Tasha and Chris, September 2014

“The silent movie night was a big hit with all the family enjoying it, especially the youngest (7 and 10). What a surprise that was!”
Mark Bayley, September 2014 (Music Unwrapped at The Highbury, Silent Movies and live piano)

“Amazing talent; friendly, engaging performers and a great venue.  An inspiring evening.  Looking forward to the next one!”
Erin James, July 2014 (Music Unwrapped at The Highbury, Flamenco Trio)

“Just wanted to say thank you for the piper on Saturday. You would not believe the atmosphere in the room when we were announced as the new Mr & Mr Cabble-Reid and the piper started to play in the gardens. People cried…a lot!!”
Martin Cabble, June 2014 (wedding)

“The weather made the [golf] day even sweeter, but for many, the icing on the cake was the musical accompaniment provided by Dilys Garrod’s company, Professional Music Events.  Jeremy Clay and Matt Churchouse provided trumpet and keyboards respectively as the players came in from their round of golf and so many commented on how delightful it was to be greeted by mellow music.  I would thoroughly recommend Professional Music Events to anyone looking to add an extra quality touch to their events.”
Peter Berry, May 2014 (Moseley Golf Club Charity Event)

“Maintaining your usual exceptionally high standard – even the bass player was a virtuoso!”
Phil Jackman, May 2014 (Music Unwrapped at The Highbury, Tom Lindsay Quartet)

“I had the pleasure of attending Dilys’ Cymbiotic music event at the Highbury last week – what a fantastic evening!  I had no idea what to expect but the quality of the musicians and their skills and enthusiasm were amazing.  It was a very memorable evening – thanks Dilys!”
Dawn Adlam, April 2014 (Music Unwrapped at The Highbury, Cymbiotic Percussion Duo)

“Thank you so much for organising the entertainment, it was a great success. You made my life so much easier by taking that on for us.”
Graham Hardy, Head Teacher Calthorpe School, Jan 2014 (The Groovitive, at evening entertainment celebrating Ofsted success)

“I attended the event on Sunday at the Rook Lane Chapel [Arts Centre] in Frome and I have to say that I was absolutely blown away by both yourself and James!  I thought you guys were outstandingly awesome and just utterly and thoroughly brilliant …  I’ve never been to a performance like that before and I can honestly say that it was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable evenings I’ve had for ages!! Plus I got to see instruments which I’ve never even heard of before so it was also an educational experience … All the pieces you played were truly wonderful and it was good to have such an eclectic mix of sounds and styles.  The jazz-style piece was amazing … A big, BIG thank you for coming to Frome to perform and making my day!  And I’m sure everyone else’s. “
Liz Brooke, Frome, Somerset, 2012 (Cymbiotic Percussion Duo)

Cymbiotic Percussion Duo at Shepton Mallett

“It was a splendid occasion. Ross and James had tremendous confidence and set an excellent mood … They played with all the verve required of a room where once Liszt excited the audience.”
Gareth Hawker, Norwich, Norfolk 2012 (Cymbiotic Percussion Duo)

Cymbiotic Percussion Duo and Tansy Garrod

“I’m 89 and I’m gobsmacked!”
“Amazing to listen to, and such fun too!”
“Amazing!  I’ve never seen anything like it!”
Audience members, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 2012 (Tansy Bennett, violin, and Cymbiotic Percussion Duo)

“I have had the pleasure of working with Cymbiotic for almost 3 years – they regularly provide live music concerts in public spaces of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.  As a duo they always ensure musical excellence, engagement of the audience, and absolute professionalism from the initial booking stages to the delivery of the concerts.  I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.”
Yvonne Farquharson, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals

“[Nathan Richards] has played for me on countless occasions … to the highest professional level.  Nathan is one of the best young prospects we have ever had at the Royal Academy of Music.”
Professor James Watson, Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music, former Principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Nathan Richards, trumpet)

“Chris is a truly talented member of the new wave of trumpet players who have entered the scene in the last few years; his flexibility, musicality and diversity of styles makes him one to watch.”
Anthony Adams (Chris Snead, trumpet)

Trio Anima (flute, viola, harp)

“Exquisitely crafted performance. All the necessary musical elements were in place and technical considerations were taken as read – and then, there was texture, subtlety and real magic. The rapport between the group was tangible yet discreet – nothing was overdone and all was in the service of the music. A genuine treat that is rare among professionals.”
Eric Crees, Principal Trombone of London Symphony Orchestra & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Trio Anima, flute, harp and viola)

Prima Volta Improvisation Trio

“Absolutely loved your concert yesterday … You three are very very clever and I really hope you come to Aldeburgh again.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed your concert at St Martins this week.  I am very keen for my two grandchildren to come to one of your performances.”
“Guys, amazing performance today.  I had never thought that James Bond theme and a Bourree can come into the same concert … so brilliantly!  Bold music is yours!”
Juliet, Nick, Dani (audience members) (Prima Volta improvisation ensemble, viola, flute and trombone)

 

About

Why choose Professional Music Events?

  • We pride ourselves on our personal service:  we make sure that we understand exactly what kind of event you are holding and what mood you want to create or impression you wish to make; we then provide the perfect musical focus or accompaniment for your occasion
  • Our musicians are approachable and friendly. They make every effort to provide just what you want (including specific music requests if given enough notice)
  • Our musicians’ range of experience and expertise means that all musical tastes can be catered for from classical to contemporary, romantic to jazz, folk, pop and ceilidh – or any combination of these!
  • Our musicians are all hand-picked and highly trained, mainly at the UK’s prestigious music colleges such as the Royal Academy of Music
  • All have considerable experience and many play regularly with the major London and regional orchestras as well as in their own bands and ensembles

How much will it cost?

This depends on how many musicians you would like, what type of event you are holding, where your event will be held, and how long the event will last. We would love to talk to you about what you require and tailor-make a package for you. As a very rough guide, costs are likely to start from £200 for an individual artist.

Contact

Please contact us by filling in the details below, or email: info@professionalmusicevents.co.uk

If you’d rather speak to a real person, just call Dilys Garrod on: 07773 182 682

or text ‘enquiry’ to 07773 182 682 and we will be happy to call you back.

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