Freelance Pianist

For Special Events, Residences and Weddings




From Beethoven to Beyoncé, Cole Porter to Coldplay.   Reliable and friendly pianist, Nigel Hammond can travel to your venue to perform a beautiful selection of soothing, relaxing and joyful background piano music. If your venue does not have a piano this is not a problem. Nigel can bring one of his unique mobile upright pianos.  

With over 30 years of professional performing experience. He has performed at numerous events such as wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, Free Masons ladies nights, anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate functions, memorials, and at lively venues such as restaurants, hotels and even shopping centres! Regular customers include Milton Keynes Theatre Piano Bar, Woughton House Luxury Hotel, Hammond and Dummer Bespoke Opticians and Calcutta Brasserie.

Whatever your event, Nigel will be delighted to provide his warm and sophisticated background ambience to add a sparkle of magic to the occasion.


Currently taking Christmas & Halloween Bookings

Recorded Demos


Live Performances

Nigel plays at a variety of venues and events.  These include a range of private functions and events which are open to the public.  Here are pictures of Nigel's residences which you are welcome to attend.  Click on each image to find out about each venue and forthcoming dates.

Happy Customers

"Nigel's piano transformed the atmosphere in the resort bar (at Wyboston Lakes). Delegates heard Nigel playing as they left the dining room and were attracted to stop and listen. We expected the piano to be background music but Nigel chose just the right music and performed so well that many people just listened as to a concert. The overall effect was, as we had hoped, that more people engaged with the evening events and entertainments for the rest of the week. Tremendous success; all thanks to Nigel."

- Allen Luxton, CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours

"Nigel played for us at my 70th birthday lunch at the MK Gallery Sky Room. He played for 2 and 1/2 hours during the lunch service (even though I'd only paid for 2 hours!) Nigel's music selection was perfect for the occasion and he is an accomplished musician. Nigel was very easy to work with setting up the event and on the day itself. I hope I shall have the opportunity to use Nigel's musical talents again!"

- Carole Baume

"Nigel is the consummate professional in every aspect of his performance and presentation. He understands his audience and surroundings to deliver a first class music experience. I have no hesitation to recommend this highly skilled, professional and friendly performer. "

- Leigh Strathearn, Managing Director, Perception PR

"Nigel is an adept and versatile pianist whose music is hugely appreciated by our audience members both pre-show and during the interval. He always makes the effort to ensure his sets are suited to each show which helps add to the wonderful atmosphere our customers enjoy when they visit us at Milton Keynes Theatre."

- Louise Henderson, Theatre Administrator

"Nigel is the resident pianist at our hotel and we are always getting such lovely comments about how wonderful his music is. We hired him for our re-branding launch party and couldn’t have asked for anything better. He’s extremely reliable and is always accommodating – I could not recommend him highly enough."

- Charlie Smith, Conference and Events Sales Manager, Woughton House - MGallery by Soffitel

"We were very privileged to have Nigel play at pre-drinks at our New Year’s Celebration on the 11th January 2018, at the Holiday Inn - Milton Keynes East. Nigel is very professional; is a very compassionate player and plays such a variety of awesome music. I would highly recommend Nigel."

- Cheryl from Taylor Wimpey South Midlands

"At breakfast in the morning a pianist (Nigel Hammond) was playing which was delightful and a lovely finish to a fantastic New Year’s Eve. I am sure we will be returning again in 2018!"

- Trip Advisor; loupez524 about Woughton House - MGallery by Sofitel

"We've had lots of comments from guests about how lovely the piano sounded, particularly on New Year's Day."

Anna Banbrook, General Manager, Woughton House Hotel

"We have stayed in the hotel before and really enjoyed it, and booked a meal this evening for Valentine's Day celebration. The food was delicious and the service excellent. There was a pianist (Nigel Hammond) playing a variety of music during our meal which was lovely and really added to the ambience..."

Wendy H, Customer of Woughton House Hotel - 5 star review on Trip Advisor

"We have a lovely baby grand piano, and Nigel makes it sound amazing. He plays for us every month, a selection of classical and more modern music, depending on the clientele at the time. Nigel is so talented and can turn his hand to all types of music. It's a great atmosphere when he is here."

Claire Ranger, Owner of Hammond and Dummer Opticians

"This was SO gorgeous last night!!!! Loved it. The guy's got great skills and it created an amazing atmosphere. "

Angela Mynard, customer commenting on the Maaya Indian Kitchen and Bar Facebook Page, referring to Nigel's performance


Nigel’s fees vary depending on the location, duration, and type of event and whether a piano is available at the venue.  

Nigel is always happy to give you a no-obligation quote.  

To give you some idea of his fees, here are some examples:

  • An evening of background piano music at a restaurant, prices range from about £100 to £200

  • Background piano music at a wedding reception, prices range from about £195 to £395. More details are on the Wedding Pianist page.

NB, the above prices are based on direct bookings only.  When Nigel is booked via agents, pricing is set by the agent.