I have always loved music, and was inspired from an early age by my Dad, who is a music teacher himself, to learn an instrument. And so at the age of 7 I started having classical piano lessons. By the time I was 11, I had started learning the trumpet as well, and had also started to get interested in improvising. This was something I enjoyed doing more the older I got.
In recent years, I have gained a lot of experience performing lots of different styles of music all over the country (and occasionally abroad). Some styles I have covered include jazz, soul, funk, blues, pop and musical theatre. I was part of the Mama Stone’s house band for over three years, playing at many functions, as well as public performances at prestigious venues such as the 606 Jazz Club, The Boisdale Canary Wharf and The Stables (Milton Keynes). I have been privileged to perform with some great artists such as Joss Stone, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight and Angelo Starr. Highlights with Joss Stone have included a TV performance on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and a performance at European Parliament in Brussels.
I have performed and worked with a large amount of other local and non-local bands, varying from 9 piece soul bands to jazz trios. I have been lucky enough to perform with some amazing musicians in the jazz world including Alan Barnes, Brandon Allen, Mike Outram, Simon Spillet and Greg Abate.
I also have my own jazz trio in which I sometimes perform my own compositions as well as playing well known standards. One of my own original tunes, Time/Change, has been featured on Radio 3’s program Jazz Record Requests. I recently recorded an live album at St Ives Jazz Club feating the wonderful vocals of Leigh Coleman. You can watch clips of this recording on my music page.
I was lucky enough to spend February – March 2017 touring with Lack of Afro as part of the ‘Hello Baby‘ tour. Venues we played included The 100 Club (London), The Hoochie Coochie (Newcastle), The Blues Kitchen (London) and at The Bussey Building (London). Any upcoming releases/tour dates can be found on the Lack of Afro website.
If you have a wedding, party or any kind of function coming up, then you could have a look at my current function band, Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers. You can see videos, profiles and more information on our website – Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers.
I am a fairly experienced reader, and I have played for and been the rehearsal pianist for many shows around Devon, as well as playing for auditions for touring West End shows. Local shows that I have played for include Sister Act, Sweeny Todd, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Whistle Down the Wind, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Miss. Saigon, Pirates of Penzance, and Acorn Antiques.
Further to this I teach piano, from home mainly, but am also able to travel if more convenient. If you are interested in having lessons with me, please get in touch and I will do my best to fit you in. I teach all ages, abilities and styles. Whatever your past experience of the piano is (if any) I will do my very best to help you learn!