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                      A few emails & messages I have received recently from weddings, parties & gigs.

Testimonials: Reviews

Hi Stuart

Bib and Tucker Club 40th anniversary celebration.

I engaged Stuart for this event and just gave him a short brief.

Stuart managed his own choice of music to suit our mixed group of personalities and to suit the tempo of our event as it changed and progressed.

All present were hugely impressed by the result and by the atmosphere enhanced by Stuart’s talent, skill and music choice.

Can heartily recommend.

Kind regards,


Bib and tucker Challice Holder.

Brunton Farm March 2023

Hi Stuart

I just wanted to say how incredible you were yesterday. So many compliments about your playing and you made my dream of having a live pianist at my wedding. Thank you so much !

Sarah & James  ( Tree house, Alnwick Sept 2023) 

Hi Stuart

I just wanted to send you a wee note to say thank you so much for your beautiful music for our wedding. It really couldn’t haven’t been better and thank you so much for being so accommodating to let my new brother in law and his wife play your piano which added a truly personal touch. 

Jen & Johnathan ( Newton Hall August 2023)

Hi Stuart,

I just wanted to share heart felt thanks with you for your role in our partnership party. You played so many great tunes and we really appreciated you learning some new ones for us. I thought your playing was sensitive and beautiful- thank you.

All the best,

Elinor & David (Wedding Celebration, Stokesley July 2022)

Hi Stuart, 

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your wonderful piano playing on our wedding day. You played all of our requests so beautifully and the reception drinks music was perfect. A good mixture of classical and popular music. Such a lovely day to be in the garden too! Many of our guests complimented your music throughout the day. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg was played perfectly as I walked down the aisle. Thank you so much! We will certainly recommend you to friends and family in the future.

Jenny & Douglas (Jesmond Dene House April 2022)

Hello Stuart,

I know we didn’t manage to speak in person but David and I would like to thank you for playing some beautiful songs for our ceremony. You have created such a romantic feel with your music and we couldn’t have asked for anything better! 

We will be recommending you to any of our friends who are getting married in the future! We’ll send some videos through once we get our wedding video! 

Best wishes

Chao and David (Matfen Hall Sept 2021)



I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Friday, the music was so lovely and the minute I heard you start to play when I started walking down the aisle it made me smile! 

Thank you again.

Emma & Steven (Eshott hall August 2021)


Stuart you went above and beyond and no request was too big. It was simply beautiful and the music walking me down the aisle was so emotional for me (I did well to hold it together ha) ... you did it beautifully.

Thank you so much from us both

Rachel & Andy (South Causey inn, May 2021)


Good morning Stuart

Just wanted to say a really big thankyou from Karen and myself for being part of making our day so very special 

The music you provided was amazing. From the minute Karen and I  walked in to St.Marys we could hear exquisite  music playing.  All of our guests commented on the music, and said how beautiful it sounded. 

Thank you Stuart, both Karen and myself can honestly say if we  require a musician for 

any future events we  know exactly who to ask. 


Thank you 

Kind regards 

Karen & Philip Rose (St Mary's Heritage centre, Gateshead July 2021)



Thank you very much indeed for playing so beautifully at my mothers 70th party Stuart. It was lovely to have everybody entering the party to your music. Everybody said what lovely music you chose and how beautifully you played. Again many thanks

Helen Ryman (Mothers 70th Birthday party) May 2019


Hiya Stu

Fantastic playing, really enjoyed having you on board on the "classic sax solos" gigs

Snake Davis (saxophone on "million love songs" by take that, m people, Ray Charles, Top session saxophonist) Feb 2019


Hi Stuart,

We didn't get a chance to say thank you for playing yesterday. It was excellent, and you did a great job. Lots of people commented that the music made the ceremony really special. 

Thanks again. 

(Richard and Debbie, St Mary's Lighthouse Sept 2018)


We can’t thank you enough for playing so beautifully on our wedding day. Walking down the aisle to Berlin Song is something I’ve dreamt of for so long and you played it to perfection. It will be part of our treasured memories of the day forever. 

When Ross and I were behind the Barns on the field afterwards for photos, we could hear your music and it gave us such pleasure to know our guests were enjoying such gorgeous music. 

Thank you for everything. 


(Megan & Ross, Wedderburn Barns, Scotland, Sep 2018)



I found Stuart on Google and was impressed with his website and reviews. I was especially pleased that he said he’d be able to learn virtually any piece of music if it wasn’t listed in his repertoire. He learnt a section of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 for me and did not disappoint. He played extremely well during the reception and several of the guests commented on it. Despite Rachmaninov being exceedingly difficult to play, he played with ease and delivered a sparkling performance. He acted very professionally and was dressed smartly. I would highly recommend him and will be likely to book him again in future. He is a very talented musician.  

( Stephanie & Daniel, Wedding, Levens, Kendal April 2018 )


Stuart, Just a quick note to thank you for playing at our reception. The music was just right for the occasion and much liked by our guests and by us. I would have liked to have had more time to talk with you, but you know what its like. 
best wishes

(Mike and Elisabeth, 50th anniversary, Danby Village Hall, March 2018)


'We were married overseas in May and then a few months later held a celebration lunch with familiy and friends at a country venue in Northumberland.  Initially we only arranged the venue, food etc and then realized there was an opportunity to make it more special with live music. We considered a few different options but once we got in touch with Stuart and listened to him play on his website we knew he was the correct choice. 

On the day everything went brilliantly, he arrived in good time (even though there was snow), was familiar with venue and worked really hard playing a full 3 sets including some festive pieces (it was late December),  light classical (Einaudi, Debussy, Yiruma etc), some jazz and up to date chart material. Many of our guests commented on how much they liked Stuart's playing. 

(Joyce and Malcolm,Linden Hall  December 2017)


Happy New Year Stuart! Just a quick email to say thanks for playing at our wedding. You sounded great and was just what we both wanted.

(Darren Vick, Lord Crewe arms , Blanchland, December 2017)


We were all delighted by Stuart's performance my mum's 90th birthday party. The night went with a swing - due in no small part to his excellent entertainment. Thanks again Stuart for making her night so special.

(Joanne Ibbitson, Trinity House, Newcastle, December 2017)


Just want to say a massive thank you Stuart, you were exceptional our wedding on 1st October 2017. Guests commented how amazing you were and we certainly would recommend you to anyone. Thanks again!

( Mr & Mrs Walker, Crathorne Hall Oct 2017 )


Hi Stuart, just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding in October. Your music was beautiful and our guests are still commenting on how much they enjoyed listening to you. Also a big thank you for learning several pieces for us at short notice, we really appreciate it and it helped make our day extra special. We would have no hesitation in recommending you in the future.

(Ruth and Lee, Matfen Hall October 2017)


Thanks for all your help and playing at my Dad's funeral, you were fantastic

( Allison Calvert, October 2017, Whitby )


Thanks for the wonderful music at our wedding, we had a fab day, couldn't have asked for better Stuart!

( Jen & Alex, Matfen Hall Sept 2017 )


"It was just like having Einaudi in the room" 

( Dan and Becca, Inn on the lake, Windermere Sept 2017 )

Comments from Dan as I played his song requests by Ludovic Einaudi.


"Just wanted to say thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding on Saturday. I must confess that I was on cloud 9, but your playing was greatly appreciated".

( Frankie & Simon, Miners institute, Newcastle May 2017 )


"Fantastic! Did exactly what we wanted, learned music at the last minute which was beautiful and seemed like a really nice man too, so we were happy for him to be at our wedding. Lots of friends have commented on how good he was, and  we are quite a musical group, so that is informed praise! Thank you!" 

( Tabitha Willis, Eshott Hall, November 2016 )


"Hi Stuart, just wanted to say thanks again for playing at our wedding on Saturday- you were absolutely fantastic, and we had so many people complimenting you on the day. We both particularly loved the Einaudi during the signing, and obviously the impromptu karaoke version of New York New York was an unexpected highlight! We'll certainly be recommending you to friends and family in future, Thanks again, all the best, Dan"

(Dan Hancock, Jesmond Dene House, October 2016)


"Stuart, Thank you so much for helping make a fantastic Wedding weekend at both the Ceremony and Reception on the green. All of our friends are raving about your piano playing and the music. I will have no hesitation to recommend you to any of my friends and clients."

(Jo Tattersall, tatti interiors, Bamburgh Castle, April 2016)


"A big thank you to Stuart for the fantastic entertainment at our wedding breakfast yesterday at Lumley Castle- you were absolutely perfect and will recommend you to anyone."

(David and Roz, Lumley Castle, February 2016)


Thank you for last night, the music you played really contributed to the evening and the lovely atmosphere, thank you for coming at short notice.

( Kerry Dalglish, Charlton & Co, chartered accountants, private function, February 2016)


"Thanks so much Stuart for playing at our wedding, great professional, fabulous piano player & singer too! Accommodated all of our needs to make our day extra special, would definitely recommend!"

 (Kimberley & Chris, Matfen Hall, August 2015)


"Very well received and enjoyed by everyone. Stuart Collingwood was our pianist for our wedding at Rockliffe Hall and he was superb. He was able to mix an unobtrusive presence in 2 locations with a great range of appropriate tunes impeccably arranged and delivered with a sound level which was loud enough to liberate guests from silence and self awareness to talk to each other confidently, and yet quiet enough not to be noticed at a conscious level. I am glad we chose Stuart and would recommend him without hesitation"

 (Einna & Martin, Rockliffe Hall, August 2014)


"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding, your contribution was fantastic. Everyone really enjoyed it and it helped to create the atmosphere in the great hall we were hoping for at our evening reception. We had such a wonderful day"

 (Kat & Myles, Matfen Hall August 2014)


"Just a short note to say a big thank you to for helping to make Zoe & Andrew's wedding so very special! We all thoroughly enjoyed your choice of music and would recommend you to others. Once again, Thank you!"

(Jean & Barry Hensby, Dissington Hall, May 2014)


"Thank you for entertaining us last night. The music you had chosen was an excellent blend for entertaining us while eating. It was both relaxing and atmospheric. When you stopped you were greatly missed! I will certainly recommend you and look forward to you entertaining us again soon. Thanks again"

 ( Fiona Swan, President of Wearside Rotary Club, March 2014)


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