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.
I have performed various styles of music all over the country (and occasionally abroad). Some genres 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 performed with soul singers Joss Stone, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight and Angelo Starr. Highlights with Joss Stone included a TV performance on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and a performance at European Parliament in Brussels. I also recorded a duet with Joss on the track ‘Free Me 2017’ which was recorded for UBS for international women’s day to promote gender equality.
I spent 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. I recorded on Lack of Afro’s E.P ‘Back in Business’ featuring Wax and Herbal T and on ‘Jack of all Trades’ released in 2018.
If you have a wedding, party or any kind of function coming up, then you could have a look at my 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 an 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.
I play Nord keyboards, and was recently made a Nord artist. You can have a look at my page on Nord’s website here. I use the Nord Stage 2, the Nord Electro 5D, the Nord Lead 4 and the Nord C2D.