Mike Overton at the piano
I am a Reigate based pianist (inc. keyboards of course) and I have a pretty wide repertoire, largely based around what is loosely known as the ‘Great American Songbook’. This focuses primarily on numbers by Jerome Kern (the best in my opinion), Irving Berlin, George Gershwin. Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Rogers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael and so on
Because your guests are likely to be of a certain age, it is probable that such a repertoire will be of appeal to them. In my experience, some pianists opt to play World War 1 songs in care homes, (which is wrong I feel) and your residents will be much more familiar with and will enjoy songs from WW2 and later from 50s and 60s musicals. I will also happily deal with requests.
I can handle these and (in all modesty), I am more flexible than many in that, should someone wish to sing (staff or resident), I can change to a suitable key with no problem. I can also ‘swing it’ when required. And, of course, I do encourage audience participation.
I do charge for my services at what I regard as the very reasonable rate of £ 50 an hour (on average, an hour would contain some 15- 18 songs). I can also sing a little, if needed (the reality is that I often play for over an hour but I do not charge for this)
Please let me know if this approach is of any interest. And if you’d like me to have an audition, I’m quite happy to comply.
You will also find that the Eversfield Care Home in Reigate will happily give me a reference since I play there quite often. You’ll find them on 01737 229899: ask for Lisa or Helen, either of whom should speak well of me. (I hope).
|Name:||Mike Overton at the piano|
|Type of act:||Solo acts|
|Act contents:||Music - Ballads | Music - Jazz|
|Equipment required:||Piano or adequate keyboard. I do bring a keyboard, where and when necessary.|
|Performance length:||50 - 60 minutes|
|Fee charged:||£ 50 PER SESSION (£31 - £50)|
|Locations:||Local service (Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Runnymede).|
|Booking notice:||2 weeks|
|Days of week:||Any|
None provided to EAC.
Where we’ve played for older people recently
|Facility / Service Type||Name||Town||Postcode|
|Care home||Eversfield||Reigate||RH2 0QR|