Tim Clarke, at Saltburn-by-the-Sea

TIM CLARKE - THE SAX MAN

sax player for weddings, parties & functions

WHETHER YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A SOLO SAX WITH BACKING TRACKS OR FOR A SAX PLAYER WITH YOUR DJ, YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

I'm a freelance wedding & party saxophonist located on the borders of North/West Yorkshire, and  Lancashire. 

So weddings certainly, but I play at ANY event requiring live music - birthday parties, hen parties, wedding anniversaries, christenings, formal dinners etc. etc. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BOOK THE SAXOPHONIST WHO'S PLAYED FOR THE PRIME MINISTER?                                                    I was booked to play solo with my backing tracks during garden parties at his constituency home in North Yorkshire, before his rapid rise to office.  The first party was in 2015, and then back-to-back events in 2016.  Leaving the politics out of it, it is a source of tremendous pride for a musician to play for any public figure; for me it was a joy playing for such appreciative and welcoming hosts as Mr. & Mrs. Sunak - as well as for their daughters, both very young at the time.  See his review below.

SOME OF THE COMMENTS I'VE HAD LATELY:

'You sound like [name given, iconic Ibiza sax player] the way you play with the DJ'

'Do you just work with this DJ?' [I'd only met him that night]

'Will you let me know you're available before we confirm the venue?'

'Was that you playing? I thought they had a CD on!'

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SAXOPHONIST TO PLAY TO BACKING TRACKS, OR AS SAX & DJ?                                                  With backing tracks?  I have an extensive list of top-quality backing tracks for you to choose from as well as pre-set playlists which you can pick & mix from (see below on how to obtain your copy of the latest version of my repertoire, divided into categories for easy reading).  Chart hits, dance tunes, music from the movies (lots of Disney!), laid-back jazz & swing, classical and even Irish, Scottish etc. etc.  I will create the mood and flavour you desire, then craft your music choices into the perfect running order to achieve it.                                

Alongside a DJ?  I AM YOUR PARTY SAX!  I love playing along to your favourite club/dance tracks but also have a great knowledge of chart music across the decades, so I'm more than happy to freestyle to any hit song you request.  All you need to do is discuss your choices to your DJ, and let me have his contact details.  I will then liaise with him well in advance of your evening party to ensure I can pump up your party just as you expect!  With my state-of-the-art clip-on microphone, I mingle with you and your guests on the dance-floor - and being wireless, there's no cable to trip over!                          

OF ALL THE MUSIC OPTIONS AVAILABLE, NONE IS AS COOL AS THE SAX, WHICH IS IDEAL FOR ALL MUSIC GENRES          I play alto, tenor & soprano saxes, each with its special sound quality, and clarinet - perfect for Gatsby-themed weddings, as well as for during any meal. You'll be surprised at the range of songs I offer - including chart hits, dance & party tracks, favourite movie tunes (lots of Disney!), Sinatra/swing/jazz - even classics! 

YOU CAN'T PUT A VALUE ON THE MAGIC I ADD TO A WEDDING - MY SUPERB REVIEWS ARE EVIDENCE OF THAT!      Your wedding is the tip of the iceberg as far as I'm concerned, as I set to work immediately and develop a reassuring dialogue with you so that you are fully confident in my contribution to your big day. You're guaranteed an accomplished performance, but I also know how to create a fun occasion.  Reviews note my friendliness, passion and professionalism.  Wedding and event timings often fly out of the window but I'm always flexible and go the extra mile to guarantee the wedding of your dreams whilst providing premium-quality entertainment for you and your wedding party.

Here are extracts from reviews from some recent weddings and parties - see all my feedback for Weddings & other Events on the Reviews pages:

               'The afternoon was a great success and you played a key part in that. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and your music set the scene perfectly. Thank you especially for your kindness to our two girls and for indulging them ......' (Rishi Sunak MP, Prime Minister - garden party 2015) 

                 'I loved dancing and singing to you playing while I got my photos done was so glad they were indoors so could hear you, and playing me down the aisle is exactly what I hoped for' (Laura & Tom Sollitt - wedding 2023)

                'Tim was excellent. Very talented indeed. It made our day & added a special ‘feel’ to our wedding.'         (Laura & Jamie Keith - wedding 2023)

                'Hi Tim, well what a brilliant time we had last night me and Ben can’t thank you enough for your amazing performance last night .....  how you and tom [the DJ] performed together to keep us all entertained we would absolutely Recommend you to any one who wants a saxophone player at there special day!!'                                  (Kayleigh & Ben Waite - wedding 2023)

                'Tim ....... had everyone up on the dance floor ...... so much positive feedback from people who attended, everyone absolutely loved it!'  (Tracey Smith - birthday party 2023)

                'Amazing solo songs, and working in unison with the DJ, a true professional. Highly recommend!'            (Sam Nicholson - wedding 2023)               

                'We cannot thank you enough, you made our day so special. Not only would we highly recommend Tim but if we had our way we would have him playing at every party we go too! Fantastic Tim thank you so much'.          (Kathy Maher - wedding 2023)

                 'Absolutely Fantastic !! We all had a fab time dancing the night away to the fantastic Tunes played by Tim!'  (Uptown Barlick - birthday party 2023)

                'What an absolute pleasure having The Sax Man ..... He was the talk of the evening and everyone kept saying how fantastic he was. He is exceptionally talented and and we would recommend to anyone!                 (Steeton Hall Hotel - birthday party 2023)

               'We hired Tim ........ was FANTASTIC!  Tim was really friendly with all of our guests and all our requests we advised were met on our wedding day!  As bride, it was so nice to have communication back straight away when I had a question. I couldn’t have asked for a better individual to have played at our wedding! Thank you Tim!'      (Lauren Skidmore - wedding 2022)

               'Tim is incredible! He set the mood and tone for an amazing day. I could hear Tim playing soft jazz and blues as I got ready in my room for the ceremony which helped set a lovely and chilled vibe for the day. As the day progressed Tim gradually ramped up the tunes to get our guests ok the party mood and got us all dancing late into the night. I would highly recommend hiring Tim for a wedding, his set list is expansive and he is a very talented man. Thanks for all you did for us, I’ll not forget you playing Americano or Jubel for a long time!                                           (Kate Haynes - Wedding as solo sax and with DJ 2022)

                'Created an amazing atmosphere at my hen do!  ...... Thank you so much Tim!  Getting involved in the fun and super friendly. Highly recommend to anyone thinking about it xx'   (Venessa Noble - Hen Party with DJ 2022)

                 'Tim was more than happy to accommodate all our requests, nothing was too much for him. Everyone mentioned how friendly he was and what a brill job he did. Having a saxo for the day really gave the day a special touch. Thanks Tim. You were great defo recommend'. (Heidi Allen - wedding 2022)

                 'What a night thanks Tim for making it special x Claire loved every minute of your sets as we all did x superb saxophone player and such a gentleman recommend Tim'                                                                                 (Nicola Shaw - surprise 40th Birthday Party with DJ 2022)

HAVING A CHURCH WEDDING?
I now have 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.

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AS SOON AS YOU HAVE YOUR DATE - I'M OFTEN BOOKED 2-3 YRS IN ADVANCE!        

 how much does tim clarke - the sax man charge?

Don't risk disaster just to save a few £££!!  I put the emphasis on fairness with my competitive pricing structure. Benjamin Franklin once said: The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten' Prices are calculated per 'stage' of the (wedding) day but you can also have a time-based price if preferred.                          Your budget will take a hammering if you rely on your venue's 'in-house' entertainment: these are actually agencies with a 'one size fits all' mentality, and whilst they are financially convenient for the venue, they may not be for you! 

    what i could do at your wedding

Welcome 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.                                                                     Wedding 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.                                        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?  Weather permitting, I can easily join you outdoors.           Wedding Breakfast – Let me create an amazing atmosphere as you dine with a selection of mellow music - then loosen up with a sing-along to some favourites at the end!  It beats spending a lot of hard-earned money on singing waiters - it's all included in the price!                                                                                                                                                                           Evening Interval  – Build up the atmosphere towards your evening event with my dance & party sounds on sax!             Evening Reception  – Add some extra magic to your 'night do' with sax & DJ - I play freestyle to any  tunes or tracks you choose!  There's also nothing more romantic than the sax for your first dance as man and wife, or for the bride/father or bridegroom/mother dances.  I can join you on the dance-floor for added intimacy.  

                   about tim clarke - the sax man

I launched Tim Clarke - The Sax Man in 2012 but prior to that I'd developed knowledge and experience in various musical fields.  Starting on clarinet aged 11 then sax, I've performed, arranged and even composed music for many years.  I play sax in Soul Train (see below re Wedding Band), but have also played sax and clarinet in concert bands - currently Clitheroe Town Band, Lancashire - and oompah bands.  I've been MD/conductor of a clarinet group in Ilkley for 10+ years as well as playing flute in the Yorkshire Corps of Drums!   

Your delight is GUARANTEED!

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

                                                                                

LOOKING FOR A WEDDING BAND TO FILL THE DANCEFLOOR?

Soul Train are an 8 piece tribute band - guaranteed to fill the floor with Soul & Motown classics.  Made up of seasoned musicians with a wealth of experience, I feature on tenor sax in the 3-man horn section (comprising trumpet, tenor & baritone saxes).  I also arranged the section music as per the original songs for an authentically classic sound.  For more info, go to www.soultrainexperience.co.uk.

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With one happy couple, after my sets at their Evening Reception
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