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  • Tim Clarke - Wedding Saxophonist


TIM CLARKE - THE SAX MAN is an award-winning freelance wedding saxophonist based in North Yorkshire near the boundaries with West Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Not just weddings though, Tim plays at any event requiring live music - birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, christenings etc. etc. He's even played solo 3x for a leading public figure!

The quality of the musical performance you'll get is important - you will be delighted! - but that's only part of why Tim is popular with his clients.  It's the entertainment value together with Tim's personality and friendliness with whoever he meets.  Knowing timings can fly out of the window, he's always flexible and will go the extra mile to ensure your big day is just as you dreamt it would be.  Tim doesn't just 'talk the talk' on weddings: he knows first-hand what's involved!  What's more, unlike many DJs and photographers who turn up at weddings casually dressed (and that's being polite!) Tim is a true professional and always looks the part - even down to reflecting your colour scheme in the choice of attire.  No wonder he was awarded the Award of Excellence by top wedding site Bridebook, when it was last run.

Here are extracts from reviews from some of Tim's recent weddings; the full comments on the Wedding Reviews page:

                 'We are so glad we booked Tim ....... Tim liaised with the DJ we had booked separately and it couldn't have gone any better for us' (Emma Redhead, 2021)

                 'Hi Tim, ...... you really helped set the mood to the whole wedding. Hope you continue to spread joy to other lovely couples and maybe one day see you again! All of our love and many thanks again Hannah and Stefan' x       (Hannah & Stefan Coward, 2021)

                'He played a solo in our first dance ........ he played amazingly through our song choices (which he carefully liaised with our DJ with) and blew away everyone with his skills at not only playing the saxophone but creating the perfect environment to start dancing.' (Emma Stephenson, 2021)

                'Tim's a lovely friendly guy who slotted right into our party and chatted easily with guests, many of whom later commented on how good his playing was and what a nice touch having him there was.'  (Dan & Jan Barrett, 2021)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                'Tim played at our wedding ....... there is so many great songs. Quick with email reply’s before the big day ...... Thoroughly enjoyed you playing and being there Tim thanks so much'. (Abi Emmerson, 2021)

                'Tim did an amazing job at our wedding on 3rd Sept. He played some fantastic music that was enjoyed by everyone'. (Carolyn & Sean Goodwin, 2021)

                 'Our guests all had great things to say about you Tim and so do we. You are super talented and naturally very funny and an all round entertainer'. (Laura & Michael McClarence, 2021) 

                 'Tim you have been fabulous from our very 1st contact. You have given lots of easing advice. You are a wonderful human and a fantastic sax player'. (Zoe & Martin Campbell, 2021)                         

                  'Tim was fantastic, from the first email contact we had, to the final meeting at our venue a week before the event, Tim was very professional and nothing was ever too much'.  (Jade & James Adams, 2021)          

                  'Tim was absolutely amazing and made our wedding day extra special. I would highly recommend! The Sax added that extra something to our welcome drinks and played loads of Disney as requested to make my wedding feel like a true fairytale! Sophie. '. (Sophie Beesley, 2021)   

Wedding music is often neglected, despite being the most essential form of wedding entertainment. Unlike other options, such as a magician who can only entertain your guests individually, a good selection of music delights all your guests and drives your wedding, reflecting the atmosphere you wish to create.

Tim does play freestyle with DJs - 'Ibiza style' - in the evening, but it is when using his fantastic range of top-quality backing tracks during your wedding day that his music comes to the fore; after all, doesn't sax as well as DJ add to your costs? 

OF ALL THE MUSIC OPTIONS AVAILABLE, NONE IS AS COOL AS THE SAX, WHICH IS IDEAL FOR ALL MUSIC GENRES          Tim plays alto, tenor & soprano saxes, each with its special sound, and clarinet - perfect for any Vintage or Gatsby event. You'll be surprised at the range of songs Tim offers you - including plenty of chart sounds and hits, favourite movie tunes (lots of Disney!), Sinatra/swing/jazz - even classics! 

YOU CAN'T PUT A VALUE ON THE MAGIC TIM ADDS TO A WEDDING - HIS SUPERB REVIEWS ARE EVIDENCE OF THAT!      Tim provides an assured performance, but he also has the personality to create a fun occasion. His friendliness, passion and professionalism have been noted many times.                                                                                                                                 

HAVING A CHURCH WEDDING?                                                                                                                                                                Tim now has all the traditional wedding marches and other popular tunes with church organ backing which sound amazing on sax, especially with the acoustics of a traditional church building.

SAX & DJ?                                                                                                                                                                                                           DJ's range from excellent to appalling, Tim has experienced both ends of the spectrum.  The WORST don't provide the setlists and don't discuss technical aspects in advance, they don't check sound levels etc. on the night etc.  The BEST do all the above and more in advance and on the night.  There can be sound and other technical issues as the saxophonist is at the mercy of the DJ's expertise - so make sure you have an experienced DJ.  As with everything, you get what you pay for!

THERE'S NOTHING AS ROMANTIC AS A SAX PLAYING YOUR FAVOURITE SONG AS YOUR FIRST DANCE                                     Tim can play some of his party & dance tunes at your evening reception, or freestyle along with a DJ. The choice is  yours.

TIM IS WITH YOU ALL THE WAY FROM THE MOMENT YOU CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING                                                                   Your wedding is the tip of the iceberg as far as Tim is concerned, as he sets to work immediately and develops a reassuring dialogue with you so that you are fully confident in his contribution to your big day. 


excellent reviews & wedding industry award 2019

Tim Clarke - The Sax Man was awarded the 2019 Certificate of Excellence by top wedding site Bridebook.co.uk                 in recognition of the reviews and recommendations received during 2018, just 1 review short of winning Gold!  Do read Tim's glowing reviews from delighted brides and grooms on the Wedding Reviews page (tab above*).  

Wedding saxophonist certificate of excellence

what's on tim's music list?

Tim's repertoire is huge!  Take time to have a look at the Repertoire page (tab above*) - you'll be surprised at the choice! Chart hits, dance tunes, music from the movies (lots of Disney!), laid-back jazz & swing, classical and even Irish, Scottish etc. etc.  Get in touch to request your own copy to be sent to you by email for easy reading!  Tim will create the mood and flavour you desire, then craft your music choices into the perfect running order to achieve it. 

how much does tim clarke - the sax man charge?

Tim puts the emphasis on fairness with his pricing, with wedding prices starting from just £175.00 - calculated per 'stage' of the day but you can also have a time-based price if that's what you prefer.  Don't risk a disaster just to save a few £££.  

         'The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten' (Benjamin Franklin)      

Your budget will also take a beating if you rely on your venue's 'in-house' entertainment: these are actually agencies with a 'one size fits all' mentality, and financially convenient for the venue - but not for you! 

    what tim could do at your wedding

The Drinks Reception - Unless you've already married in church, this is where your day begins.  Nothing beats the surprise of your guests seeing that you've booked some live music performed on the saxophone, but it's all the more special if you've chosen the music.  What's more, it isn't too loud to prevent conversation.                                                                                     The   Service/Ceremony – You'll need music as your guests arrive, for your bridal entrance (the processional), for the signing of the register, for your exit as a married couple (the recessional) and as your guests filter out.                                                   The Photography/Canapés Interval  - Your guests will not be involved all the time you are with your photographer so why not keep the happiness flowing with more background music?  If weather permits, Tim can easily join your guests outdoors.  The Wedding Breakfast – Tim knows how to create an amazing atmosphere as you dine, and a broad selection of musical styles together with lively favourites later for an impromptu sing-along works wonders!  It beats spending a lot of hard-earned money on singing waiters - I can create just as good an atmosphere - and it's all included in the price!                             The Evening Interval  – Let Tim build up the atmosphere towards your evening event with his dance & party sounds.             The Evening Reception  – There is nothing more romantic than the sax for your first dance as man and wife, or for the bride/father or bridegroom/mother dances.  Tim can join you unamplified on the dance-floor for added intimacy.              Not all couples have a DJ or wedding band during the evening reception; with a little imagination you can avoid that cost: a recent wedding evening featuring Tim also had the bride's playlist on Ipod played over the venue's speaker system, which was perfectly adequate.  Some couples choose a sax and DJ: Tim can play freestyle alongside a DJ, but also has terrific tunes in his own repertoire to personalise your evening and give you and your guests a break from your DJ or band.  

                   about tim clarke - the sax man

Tim learnt sax in his teens, after getting to grips with the clarinet.  His father played in dance bands so Tim picked up his knowledge and appreciation of jazz standards, old-tyme dance music etc. from him: this has proven useful, in that he's already familiar with the music which is now played at vintage & Gatsby weddings and events.  Tim has performed, arranged and composed music for 40+ years: as well as solo work he performs with a soul band as well as playing flute in a military corps of drums, but has previous experience with concert bands and 'oompah' bands.  Being the musical director and conductor of a woodwind group in Ilkley is yet another string to his bow!   

Your delight is GUARANTEED!

Even if you're unsure, contact Tim with your date, venue & times. Call 07917 690931, email tim.clarkinet@yahoo.co.uk or complete the Contact Form below. 

         why not chat to tim at a wedding fair?

Tim has featured in wedding publications including the diamond jubilee edition of Brides magazine in 2015, and attends wedding fairs, which are are also announced on Tim's Facebook page www.facebook.com/tcthesaxman (click the button below to give this page a like).                                                                                                                                                                 NEXT WEDDING FAIR: SUNDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER 2021 - PONTEFRACT RACECOURSE                                                                        Tim returns to Pontefract for The Yorkshire Wedding Consortium Wedding Fair, Pontefract Racecourse 11.00 - 15.00 hrs on Sunday 26th September 2021.  Always a superb event with a variety of top wedding suppliers, have a trip out and pick up ideas for your big day!  Make sure you sample the delicious ice cream from Graham at A Taste of Italy!                               

looking for a wedding band to fill the dancefloor?

Soul Train are an 8 piece tribute band - guaranteed to fill thefloor with Soul & Motown classics.  Made up of seasoned musicians with a wealth of experience, Tim features on saxophones in the 3-man horn section; Tim also arranged the sax and trumpet music as per the original songs for an authentically classic sound.  www.soultrainexperience.co.uk


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From a wedding at Hazlewood Castle

10/10 ON THE 4 R's:                                                    -  huge REPERTOIRE        -  fabulous REVIEWS      -  affordable RATES         -  help &     REASSURANCE

Don't take chances with your big day: Tim is a wedding saxophonist with a wealth of experience, personality and ability!                    

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