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Gary Parkes has been involved in the music and entertainment business for over 45 years.  At the age of 15 he started playing electric organ in local Yorkshire working men's clubs. Then at the age of 16, he joined P&O Cruises flagship, SS Canberra, becoming their youngest contracted pianist onboard. In the 1980's, as the owner of two highly successful music stores dealing in pianos and organs, Gary became the UK's number one retailer for Yamaha.  Gary re-joined P&O in 1984 and went on to enjoy another 8 years cruising around the world as Bandleader/Pianist.

In 1990 Gary became involved in the London hotel and live music scene.  Subsequently, this led to him establishing his agency, GARY PARKES MUSIC LIMITED, which continues to provide entertainment to the majority of London's five-star hotels and restaurants, including: Claridge's, The Savoy Fairmont Group, The Four Seasons Group, Rosewood Hotels and Harrods, in addition to corporate functions and private events.

The agency also supplies the world's major cruise companies with entertainment ranging from solo pianists   to ten-piece bands and classical virtuosi to headline singers from London's West End.

With contacts established over the last three decades and extensive experience as a performer, Gary and his team strive to ensure the right entertainer is provided for the right venue and occasion.


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Adrienne | Claridge's Hotel 

We want to thank you for the excellent entertainment that you arranged for us. Atila was absolutely fantastic and the DJ was great fun. It all was handled so professionally and it has been an absolute pleasure working with you to help to give Gemma and Mark a most memorable wedding. Your team were discreet and efficient in moving equipment etc and contributed to the smooth running of the whole occasion. Many guests remarked on the music and set-up, so I'm sure you will be having many requests in the future.

Sarah | NHBC

 we had good feedback from the diners. My colleague and I also got a chance to speak to her during her breaks and she's lovely. We'd be happy to have her back again for future events. In fact, we've been really pleased with all the acts we've booked through you and would be happy to have any of them again!

Daniele | Corinthia Hotel

You are always so helpful and manage to get everything booked. Even when it was last minute. We know this feeling very well at the Corinthia so we do not take it for granted.


And the music in Velvet has been so successful! This couldn’t have been achieved without you.

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