Paul Harris aka Harry the Piano

One of the UK's most versatile and talented cabaret pianists

Paul Harris aka Harry the Piano | NMP Live

Perhaps best-known in the 1990s as the resident pianist on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, Harry has accompanied artists as diverse as Willard White, Gloria Hunniford and All Saints on a variety of radio and television shows. He also formed (and played in) the band for Johnny Vaughan's Saturday night chat show.

Spotted early in his career whilst the resident pianist at London's Groucho Club, Harry was given a regular slot on Richard Baker's Melodies for You on BBC Radio 2, where he gave his first renditions of the Neighbours theme in the style of Rachmaninov and Match of the Day as a Strauss waltz. His appearances at the Groucho Club put him in contact with most of the film stars, actors and producers in town. As a result he was invited to perform at numerous celebrity parties including the launch of Stephen Fry's book The Liar, and found himself teaching Beau Bridges how to fake an arpeggio before his performance in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

Harry is also a skilled composer and arranger, having cut his teeth writing syllabus music for the Royal Academy of Dancing and jingles for Soho advertising company Ronnie Bond Music, including those for international campaigns for Mastercard, Douwe Egberts and Lucozade. Television scores followed for BBC 2 and Channel 4. Following a recent performance on BBC Radio 3's 'Kit and the Widow' programme, Harry also performed his cabaret show on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary II in January 2004 which was so successful that he was immediately re-invited.

Recently Harry's solo cabaret show has been seen all over the world on luxurious liners (Crystal cruises, Seabourn and QE2), sold out the 2000-seater Portsmouth Guildhall for two nights and made a triumphant debut at Pizza on the Park, the best cabaret venue in London where he also sold out for two nights.

Harry also keeps his hand in on the session scene most recently recording piano and keyboards on Simply Red's latest album 'Home' and the Emma Bunton single 'Something So Beautiful'. Harry is perhaps happiest playing to the classical crowd, who appreciate Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata mixed with Cole Porter's Night and Day, Irving Berlin's Cheek to Cheek in the style of Mahler and mini-lectures, such as 'How Mozart would have arranged Happy Birthday'.

Harry's technique has been variously described as 'formidable', 'staggeringly virtuosic' and 'phenomenal', however one journalist noted that 'if Harry had espoused the concert platform, we would have undoubtedly had another great pianist, but we would have lost his unique ability to entertain'.


Harry's cabaret show (interspersed with witty introductions) is an eclectic mix of jazz, show tunes, musicals, classical music and blues. Reminiscent of Frank Sinatra / Harry Connick Jnr, Harry presents a truly blissful evening of exceptional entertainment.


The best damn pianist in the civilised world

Jonathan Ross

His phenomenal talent, unobtrusive charm and wit are a delight.

Stephen Fry

You practise all your life and think you can play the piano. Then you hear Harry.

Martin Roscoe

Hearing is believing... a magician with a piano!

Anthony Davis, Jazz FM

Spellbinding... staggering virtuosity.

Paul Golding, Sunday Times

Harry is a National treasure.

Judi Herman, The Scotsman

The best music show I've ever seen.

Terry Wogan

Harry can play anything, anywhere, any time – when he played with Elvis Costello, it was an entertainment high point of my life. He can work any theme into any song. He's unique, you'll love him!

Johnny Vaughan

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