TIM CLARKE - THE SAX MAN
wedding saxophonist for yorkshire, lancashire. ALSO parties, ALL formal & informal EVENTS
Tim Clarke - The Sax Man, is an Award-winning highly-recommended wedding saxophone player perfectly located for weddings, parties, dinners, all events and functions in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lancashire, Humberside, Cumbria and Cheshire. So if you're engaged and involved with wedding planning or a bride-to-be looking for premium-quality entertainment (without the price-tag) for your wedding ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast or evening reception read on! He'll always go the extra mile to create the wedding of your dreams! TIM IS GETTING MARRIED THIS SUMMER SO UNDERSTANDS ALL ABOUT WEDDING PLANNING!
Of all the available music options none is as cool as the sax which with top-quality backing tracks has the unique advantage of being ideal for all kinds of music and is the closest you get to the original song. Tim plays the alto, tenor and soprano saxes, each with its special sound, plus clarinet - perfect for any Vintage or Gatsby-themed event. His vast and ever-developing repertoire - see the Repertoire page (tab above*) - includes a wealth of material to choose from. Some wedding musicians don't actually create a playlist for your big day - Tim always puts himself in your shoes and takes time to craft your music selection into the perfect mix just for you.
Even assuming you're having a DJ or band during the evening, live music during other stages of the day is the only entertainment proven to create the atmosphere you expect and deserve.
You can rely on Tim, not just for an assured performance but he has the personality to create a fun occasion. His friendliness and passion for creating a happy feel, together with his approachability and professionalism at every event has been noted many times.
We've just experienced the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - even if you weren't born with blue blood, be assured that Tim will make you feel like a princess and guarantees a right royal occasion tailored for you. Did it give you inspiration for your special day? Tim has several of the pieces in his Repertoire including Stand By Me, Greensleeves, Ave Maria, their first dance I Wanna Dance with Somebody - see the Repertoire page (tab above*)
[Photo: Paula Solloway Photography]
Tim is involved with his own wedding planning and appreciates the need to obtain the best quality at the lowest price. He offers the best repertoire around - from Chart Sounds & earlier hits to Soul &Motown, Rat Pack etc. etc. but can equally join your DJ. He also has more reviews than any other saxophonists on a top national website - see opposite **
Tim is YOUR Wedding Specialist - he's played during every stage of the wedding day - and evening!
Tim's charges are per 'stage' of the day, e.g. the Service/Ceremony, Drinks Reception etc. If your Wedding is falling behind schedule, he will continue to play until the appropriate time at no extra cost. Tim will help you select the music if requested - the choice of music depends on the atmosphere you wish to create, whether classy and sophisticated or relaxed and laid-back.
The Drinks Reception - Unless you've already married in church, this is where your day begins. Nothing beats the reactions of all members of the wedding party when they see a musician performing some of your favourite songs and it ticks all the boxes when performed on the saxophone. What's more, it isn't too loud to prevent conversation. The Service/Ceremony – The sax sounds particularly majestic within the acoustics of an old church. 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. Whether it's a piece of classical music for your entrance or something more recent which has a special meaning for you the choice is entirely yours. NB - no religious music at a civil wedding! The Drinks Interval, Photography - 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 for an impromptu sing-along works best! 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 live music for your first dance as man and wife, or for you and your father, or for your new husband with his mother. For additional interest to the evening, Tim can also play a set with sensuous love songs and/or dance tunes to give you and your guests a break from your DJ or band.
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR WEDDING SERVICE/CEREMONY MUSIC ......
Bride's Entrance: At Last (Etta James); Canon in D (Pachelbel); From This Moment On (Shania Twain); Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Signing: Just The Two of Us (Bill Withers); Love Is All Around (Wet, Wet, Wet); Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins); Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
Exit: Don't Stop Believin' (Journey); Higher & Higher (Jackie Wilson); Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship); Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
EXTRACTS FROM SOME RECENT WEDDING REVIEWS (See the Wedding Reviews and Recommendations page, tab above)*
'We booked Tim almost 2 years in advance for our wedding, turns out booking him was one of the best decisions of the day! I have never met some one as easy going and kind as Tim & when arranging a wedding you certainly need that friendly face. Nothing is too much for him .. and me and Dan are forever greatful - amazing sax player, but an even better guy!' (Kirsty & Dan Alexander)
'Everybody really enjoyed your performance & you created a lovely relaxed atmosphere' (Jenette Davies)
'Very talented man, and easy and professional to deal with. Would recommend! Thank you for being part of our special day Tim' (Jennifer & David Turner)
'It was beautiful music and perfect entertainment during our wedding breakfast! .... Thanks too for finding us a venue dresser at the last minute!' (Alicia & Iain Crosland)
'Everyone loved the songs you played and thought you were amazing! Especially when you played Baker Street! We only wish we had booked you for the night time too!' (Charlene & Tom Finch)
Tim learnt the clarinet then the sax as a child. He's performed, arranged and even composed music for 40+ years: as well as being a solo musician he currently performs with a soul/motown band, a rock band, a wind band, an 'oompah' band and plays military flute in a corps of drums. He is MD of a music group in Ilkley. Wide-ranging experience is the main qualification to consider when you're considering booking a musician.
Equipment: Tim uses a 2-speaker static PA system and/or a portable battery/mains PA, and will select the most appropriate system based upon the size of the venue and on the sound-level you require. The portable PA allows you the option of enjoying Tim's music outdoors. Public Liability Insurance: Tim has full PLI through the Musicians Union. Electrical Equipment: All electrical items are either PAT tested or still under guarantee. Copies of the PLI and PAT certificates/product guarantees can be provided if required by your venue. Same-Sex Weddings: Tim is registered with The Big Gay Wedding Directory and G Wedding Directory and is pleased to support LGBT marriage.
Even if you're unsure, contact Tim with your date & times - Do it NOW to avoid disappointment!
Call 07917 690931 or complete the form below.
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