AN AWARD-WINNING virtuoso pianist from Newcastle has launched a unique new ‘pick n mix’ live music business.

Mark Deeks, who was recently voted best wedding entertainer in the North East, has pulled back the curtain on Music Newcastle which offers clients the opportunity to put together bespoke acts for their events or private party.

Mark, who has played piano for more than 30 years, has built up a wealth of experience as a performer, arranger, musical director and lecturer, including winning the North of England Wedding Award in Music and Entertainment this year.

To celebrate the launch of Music Newcastle he is holding a musical extravaganza at Gosforth Trinity Church, Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday, October 11 (7.15pm) to show off the array of talent Mark has at his disposal.

Called Mark Deeks and Friends, the musical feast will feature the Echo Newcastle pop choir, jazz swing singer Andy Barker, acoustic duo Claypath, pop singer Lee-Ann Gardner and soul vocalist Sian Edwards, all backed by a band including some of the region’s top musicians.  The event will be hosted by BBC Newcastle morning show presenter Alfie Joey, who will showcase Music Newcastle, the new home of personalised music.

The event is being filmed by Top Table Films to produce more video footage for the Music Newcastle website ( so clients can pick their own band line-up at their leisure.

Mark said: “It’s quite a revolution when it comes to choosing entertainment.  You choose the band line up and all the songs to match your taste. There is something for everybody, every event, and every budget – this is the ultimate personalised music service.

“Why spend time, effort and money looking for a perfect band for your wedding music or function, when you can create one just for you?  This is not a traditional music agency where you book a band and the agency takes a fee.  This puts all the control in the hands of the client.”

Other services from Music Newcastle include music arrangement, piano-oke parties, music lessons and personalised music.

Also present at the event from 6.15pm will be some of the best in Music Newcastle‘s recommended North-East events, arts and entertainment companies for a very special viewing hour before the concert, there to give you the benefit of their expertise. These are companies that Music Newcastle regularly works with and can be guaranteed to give quality

As well as performing for celebrities including David Miliband and Steve Harper, in 2012 he was commissioned by Euro Disney to provide some arrangements for the Christmas Choral Festival, whilst in 2011 he co-wrote and starred in ‘Monopolise’ a comedy musical by the BBC’s Alfie Joey. Mark has also performed extensively throughout the UK and on three tours to Paris with the Inspiration UK choir.


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