Experienced wedding pianist with a huge repertoire of classical, jazz and pop music.

Exquisite piano music for wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions.

Mike Paul-Smith is a versatile and experienced wedding and cocktail pianist, with a huge repertoire of piano music for drinks receptions, wedding ceremonies and dinner entertainment. 

As well as being a musical director (and founder of Mike Paul-Smith Music), Mike has performed at well over 1000 wedding ceremonies – working with clients to select personal choices for the arrival music, processional and recessional music and the signing of the register. Mike is also able to play organ for church services.

Mike’s piano playing is also the perfect choice for drinks receptions or dinner entertainment

Mike’s repertoire includes classical music from Elgar, Debussy and Rachmaninoff; jazz standards such as My Romance and When I Fall In Love; songs from musicals and films; and modern pop songs. 

Depending on your song choices, Mike can be joined by other musicians such as a cellist, a trumpeter or a singer. 

Mike can perform on an acoustic piano (or church organ) if there is one at your venue, or he can perform on a top-quality digital piano. We can also put you in touch with hire companies who can provide an upright or a grand piano, or for an additional charge we can provide a “grand piano shell” which wraps around the digital piano, making it look like an acoustic instrument.

Tailored live music packages from Mike Paul-Smith Music

After you’ve been entertained by Mike’s piano music, you can select other bands from Mike Paul-Smith Music to entertain you later in the day – from walkabout acts such as The Vintage Strollers or Alexander’s Ragtime Band, to sensational party bands including The Get Downs and Capital Sounds Showband – all run by Mike with a focus on top quality live musical entertainment that is spontaneous and memorable.

The possibilities are endless, and we’re always at the end of the phone to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch today to discuss your event – we can’t wait to hear from you

Trusted by:

  •  Between the piano music during reception drinks and ceremony, and the jazz band later, Mike Paul-Smith Music were with us throughout the day. We were absolutely blown away by them. They scored top marks in every area, from professionalism and flexibility to talent and stylishness.

    Paul & Diego
    Wedding Reception, London


  • ...firstly with the lovely, dignified ceremony music, then the happy atmospheric quartet (and they loved the Louis Armstrong number) and that magnificent evening entertainment...

    Susanne & Martin
    Wedding Reception, Buckinghamshire

Wedding & Cocktail Pianist: Set List

Here is a selection of the most-requested classical music for wedding ceremonies. 

Mike also has a huge repertoire of jazz and contemporary music, able to perform virtually any request if made in advance – just get in touch with your ideas.

Before the ceremony and signing of the register

Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar)
Salut d’Amour (Elgar)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Nocturne in Eb (Chopin)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Largo (Handel)
Air for the G String (Bach)
Air from Water Music (Handel)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Theme from ‘Jupiter’ (Holst)
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 (Widor)

Processional Music (entrance music)

The Bridal March (“Here Comes the Bride”)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Recessional music (exit music)

Wedding March (Mendelsohn)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Grand March from Aida (Verdi)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

  • Not only is the music wonderful but the customer service was the best of any of our wedding suppliers. Mike was excellent at responding to our emails quickly, making suggestions and answering any questions.

    Vanessa & Joe
    Wedding Reception, Berkshire

Wedding & Cocktail Pianist: Line Ups

Mike Paul-Smith performs solo piano or organ music for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions and private parties. Depending on your song choices he can also be joined by additional musicians.


Pianist plus cellist

Pianist plus vocalist

Pianist plus trumpeter

  • Mike did a wonderful job co-ordinating musical arrangements for our wedding this summer. From beginning to end he made the process simple and fun and delivered exactly what we envisaged.

    Jacqui & Greg
    Wedding Reception, London
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