Wedding FAQs (5)

Are you able to accompany someone singing or playing an instrument either during our Ceremony or for another part of the Wedding day?

Yes, this is never a problem. I am a fully trained and experienced accompanist in addition to being a solo performer. The logistics of rehearsals (if needed) prior to the Wedding Day can be arranged according to your own requirements, and needn’t incur any extra charge.

We are having some classical pieces for our wedding. Are you able to provide a Violinist or Celloist ?

If you require a Celloist  to compliment your wedding ceremony, Benny has teamed up with Margarita Iourgaeva, a well known Cello Teacher, Orchestra & Chamber Music Performer in Melbourne.

For violinist Benny has partnererd with Alexsandra, a current member of the MSO.

Additional costs will be required for the hire of Margarita or Alexsandra. Ben Martin and Margarita Iourgeva

Ben Martin and Margarita Iourgeva

Are you able to advise us on choosing music for our Wedding Day

I am very happy to help as much or as little as needed when it comes to choosing music for your Wedding Day. The good news is that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choices, as you must choose music that feels right for you, especially for the Ceremony. I can offer free impartial advice and suggestions, either over the phone, via email or in person should you wish to come and have a free consultation.

Can you move from one position to another during the course of the day?

Yes, this is no trouble. If you would like me to play for more than one part of your Wedding Day (for example the Ceremony and Drinks Reception), then I simply move my piano and equipment from one position to another as required. I can do this on my own, however assistance from one or more ushers is always appreciated! With some help, it only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete this procedure.

We are having a church ceremony – can you play the piano or organ in the Church?

I am experienced at playing both for civil ceremonies and church ceremonies. If you are planning a church ceremony, I can bring and play my own piano for some or all parts of the service. Hymns work particularly well on the Piano and I am well used to accompanying congregations for hymn singing. If your chosen church has an organ I can also play this for you either in addition to or instead of the piano. Some churches have their own organists but most are happy to allow outside musicians to fill this role. So in short, I can play the piano, the organ, or a mixture of both!

Function FAQs (2)

Are you able to accomodate themed events?

I am always happy to work within the theme of a particular function or event wherever I can. With such a large range of music at my disposal I can usually put together a playlist containing appropriate music for your theme.

Do you play at private houses?

Yes, this is possible. Sometimes there is a piano available which I am always happy to use. If no piano is available, I can bring my own piano with me. having a pianist play for you ‘in your house’ for a party is an innovative way to create a fantastic atmosphere – and will certainly have all the guests impressed!

General FAQs (8)

Can you supply a piano? Our venue doesn’t have one

I can supply a portable digial stage piano RD700NX with PA speakers at no additional cost.

Can you play outside?

My digital piano can easily be set up outside – weather permitting! I always bring with me the necessary extension leads to ensure that most outside positions are possible. Should power not be available not a problem! I have a battery / Power inverter to power my keyboard and PA system.

Do you only play at events in Melbourne?

I can cover areas up to 150kms such as Geelong, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Daylesford. Greater distances are possible upon written request.

If I complete an online booking form do I have to go ahead with the booking?

No. Completing an online booking form in the first instance is just a good way of enquiring about my availability for a particular date, and for collecting the essential information about the Wedding or Event that you are planning.

Do you supply your own piano?

I have my own portable, digital piano Roland RD700NX that looks and sounds great. It’s easy to move from one place to another too, and can even be situated outside!

How do we/I go about compiling a playlist of music?

There are a number of ways that you can create playlists of music for your Wedding or Event. If you have downloaded one of my Repertoire Lists then you will see that I have a large range of music available in my repertoire.

Using one of these lists to guide you, you might like to:

  • Go through the list selecting the exact pieces you would like – or –
  • Choose a selection of pieces leaving me to ‘fill in the gaps’ with pieces of music in a similar style – or –
  • Ask me to select pieces according to specific styles that you choose

In other words, you are welcome to be as prescriptive or as general as you like. A good function pianist is able to ‘read the mood’ of a room, and so I always try to enhance and compliment the atmosphere with my choices of music, even if working to a list that has been previously selected.

Do you do requests?

I am always very happy to accommodate special requests. Have a look at my extensive repertoire list to see if the music you would like is already in my repertoire. If not, then with some advance notice before your Wedding or Event I can either obtain or transcribe the music for you. There is no extra charge for this. If you or one of your guests would like a special request ‘on the day’ itself, then I will always do my best to play it – essentially, if I ‘know the tune’, I can usually play it, but if the piece of music is foreign to me, then this might not be possible!

Will I have to pay a deposit to secure a booking?

A deposit totalling the first $30 of the total fee is usually requested to secure your booking.