Corporate Event Pianist & Singer at Radisson, Manchester
10th Oct 2011
Corporate Event Pianist & Singer:
Last Friday, I was performing as corporate event pianist and singer at the Radisson in Manchester. I hadn’t been to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel before. What a stunning venue! The event was hosted by Engage, the Super League sponsors, ahead of the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
The very entertaining Adrian Tierney-Jones started proceedings with a talk on beers and accompaniments. This went down very well! I then played my first background set while guests chatted and had a drink. After a while, the team from Engage took the floor with a review of their time as sponsors. To end the formalities, the sports writers and journalists thanked Engage for their positive contribution during their years of sponsorship.
As my second set was in full swing, it was time for a singalong… A few “guest singers” wanted to do some Rat Pack numbers. Before I knew it, there was a queue for the spare mic and things had started to get a bit competitive. Some guests were determined to “show ’em how it’s done!” This was the perfect scenario for me. I always have a ton of lyrics sheets to hand ready for a singalong. With plenty of good-hearted banter, many of the guests gave us at least one song. A few guests in particular gave us way more… This singing business is a team sport too you know!
In summary, everybody had a fantastic night and it was a fun way for Engage to bring this chapter to a close. Now, of course, there was just the small matter of a Super League Grand Final to be decided…
As it turned out, nobody could have foreseen the drama that was to follow at Old Trafford on Saturday as Leeds secured a memorable victory…