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STUDIO RECORDINGS

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Charles as Band Leader

Charles was promoted to Show Band Leader on the MS Magellan and in this exciting and demanding role, he was responsible for conducting the band, with additional responsibilities of organising isolated band rehearsals, motivating, managing and disciplining his band musicians whenever necessary, and achieving and maintaining professionalism and high musical standards.

During his leadership, the Magellan Orchestra consistently achieved ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ passenger satisfaction scores.


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Let It Go

When Will My Life Begin

Oops! I Did It Again

Call Me Maybe

Ode To Joy

Men Of Harlech

Phoebe and Charles as Performance Hosts

Alongside performing, Phoebe and Charles additionally worked as Performance Hosts on their ships including presenting Countdown, Just A Minute, Catchphrase, bingo and various quizzes.   Recorded examples of Charles presenting onboard can be found on the 'Charles the Presenter' page.


They also successfully ran passenger choir clubs whilst on-board the MS Magellan, Charles accompanying on the piano and both assuming a leading, cheerful, inspirational role throughout. Showing initiative, Phoebe asked the Cruise Director to run the choir sessions in order to enhance passengers' enjoyment of their cruise. Their self-organised choir clubs were met with strong positive feedback from participants, Star of the Cruise awards for both, and two packed concerts in the Magellan Show Lounge during the Caribbean and Amazon & West Indies cruises, which received strong, highly-enthusiastic responses from fellow passengers. View the 'Testimonials' page for a selection of comments about the pair.


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'Charles has been very friendly at all times. he cares about everything and everyone. He's a great pianist/organist  and accompanist. He kept the music going for us dancers too!'

 - Janice Wilkinson (Cabin 553, MS Marco Polo)



'Talented young man who led the musicians and dance team to a very high standard'

 - Charles Trump (Cabin 5059, MS Magellan)

Warsaw Concerto - Richard Addinsell

O Sole Mio - Eduardo di Capua

The Wedding March - Mendelssohn

Intermezzo, from ‘Cavalleira Rusticana’ - Mascagni

I Vow To Thee, My Country - Holst

Saturn, from The Planets Suite - Holst

‘Ocean’ Étude (Op. 25, No. 12) - Chopin

Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, 2nd movement - Tchaikovsky

POPULAR MUSIC EXAMPLES

Don’t Stop Me Now

Your Song

Poker Face

Angels

Suspicious Minds

Last Waltz

Rolling in the Deep

We’ve Only Just Begun

Solitaire

The Wonder of You

Viva La Vida

Charles’s repertoire from memory also includes:
Fame - Irene Cara
Africa - Toto
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
All You Need is Love - Beatles
Wonderwall - Oasis
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
The Winner Takes it All - Abba  

Plus many more pop standards and
contemporary songs.




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CLASSICAL EXAMPLES

Charles’s repertoire from memory also includes:
Schubert - Impromptu in E-flat major
Beethoven - Ode to Joy, Fur Elise
Grieg - Morning, Hall of the Mountain King
Elgar - Land of Hope and Glory

Plus many more well known classical pieces.

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SHOW TUNES EXAMPLES

Lord of The Dance

Tonight

Love Changes Everything

Charles’s repertoire from memory also includes:
Gethsemene (Superstar)
On My Own (Les Miserables)
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music), Riverdance and many more.




JAZZ / EASY LISTENING EXAMPLES

The Entertainer

In The Mood

Fly Me to the Moon

Blue Moon

Take Five

Charles’s repertoire from memory also includes I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Moon River; Cheek to Cheek; All of Me; My Way;  and many more.




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SHOW TUNES EXAMPLES

Lord of The Dance

Tonight

Love Changes Everything

Charles Baker and Phoebe Richards: Live in Concert in the MS Magellan Show Lounge (Amazon & West Indies cruise, February 2016)

00:24  Pie Jesu, from 'Requiem' - Andrew Lloyd Webber

06:48  Think of Me, from 'Phantom of the Opera' - Andrew Lloyd Webber

12:03  English Country Gardens (Charles' own arrangement for piano and alto saxophone) - Percy Grainger

17:47  Symphony No. 5 in  C Major, 1st movement - Beethoven

27:09   Carmen Medley (1. Overture (Charles solo), 2. Habanera (with Phoebe singing), 3. Gypsy Song (with Phoebe on clarinet))

37:51   O mio babbino caro from 'Gianni Schicchi' - Puccini

44:34  The Major-General's Song, from 'The Pirates of Penzance' - Gilbert & Sullivan

47:42   Poor, Wandering One, from 'The Pirates of Penzance' - Gilbert & Sullivan

51:04   Time To Say Goodbye (Con te partiró) - Sartori/Quarantotto (ENCORE)


Charles Baker: Live in Concert in the MS Magellan Show Lounge (Caribbean cruise, November 2015)


00:20   In The Mood - Joe Garland

05:21   Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' - Rodgers & Hammerstein

08:38   Fly Me To The Moon (in bossa nova style) - Frank Sinatra

11:55   Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley

17:40  Waterloo - ABBA

20:57   Riverdance - Bill Whelan

27:45   Waltz No. 14 in E minor - Chopin

30:43   Étude Op.10, No. 5 in G-flat major, the 'Black Keys' - Chopin

33:22  Warsaw Concerto - Richard Addinsell

42:55  Ode To Joy, from Symphony No. 9 in D Major (Charles' own arrangement) - Beethoven


Click the video pane to watch the whole show or click on individual musical numbers listed.

Charles’s repertoire from memory also includes:
Gethsemene (Superstar)
On My Own (Les Miserables)
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music), Riverdance and many more.




Charles as Composer / Arranger

As well as an experienced performer, Charles is highly skilled and talented in musical composition and arranging for band, orchestra and other ensembles. A variety of his original compositions can be heard on the 'Charles the Composer' page of this website.


Charles as Technician

He further possesses technical skills and experience, including audio and video editing, hosting and operating late-night passenger discos, the setting up and operating of AV equipment, audio mixers and microphones for onboard game shows, indoor & outdoor cabarets and visiting guest performers.

He developed these skills during his secondary post as the Assistant Sound & Light Technician onboard the MS Marco Polo, alongside actively performing on the vessel.


Additional experience

In addition to performing on ships, they have amassed extensive experience performing on land
at various local concerts and weddings.


Prior to meeting Phoebe, Charles acquired further professional experience performing in duos onboard ships, including a cocktail classical duo with a talented Eastern European violinist and a regular contemporary lounge duo working separately with two female vocalists, which provided him ample opportunity to perform a wide variety of pop music through the decades.


Other Details

Both Charles and Phoebe hold valid STCW sea certificates,
and both possess their own professional instruments.


'A superb evening of entertainment with Charles at the piano - please make this a regular slot!'


- Mr & Mrs Nichols (Cabin 6041, MS Magellan)


'What a fabulous young man: Superb diction, personable, funny and can really play piano! He thoroughly entertained us every day - well done!’

- Deborah Phillips (Cabin 4041, MS Magellan)

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Wide repertoire

Phoebe and Charles welcome any audience requests as they possess a very wide and extensive repertoire of musical pieces across various genres and Charles has the ability to not only improvise in any key on the spot, but also smoothly segue songs together.  Some examples are available to view on this site as video recordings. They are happy to perform solo in addition to as a duo - for example, Charles could be put to play solo in a cocktail bar (as he did as resident evening pianist in Sinatra's Lounge Bar on the MS Magellan cruise liner), while Phoebe could sing to her backing tracks in another lounge.


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Phoebe and Charles as Performance Hosts

Alongside performing, Phoebe and Charles additionally worked as Performance Hosts on their ships including presenting Countdown, Just A Minute, Catchphrase, bingo and various quizzes.   


They also successfully ran passenger choir clubs whilst on-board the MS Magellan, Charles accompanying on the piano and both assuming a leading, cheerful, inspirational role throughout. Showing initiative, Phoebe asked the Cruise Director to run the choir sessions in order to enhance passengers' enjoyment of their cruise.


Their self-organised choir clubs were met with strong positive feedback from participants, Star of the Cruise awards for both, and two packed concerts in the Magellan Show Lounge during the Caribbean and Amazon & West Indies cruises, which received strong, highly-enthusiastic responses from fellow passengers.  For TESTIMONIALS click here.

'Great pianist and singer.  Phoebe and Charles made our trip very pleasurable'  - Erwin Henneman, (Cabin 5141, MS Magellan)

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The couple possess an extensive repertoire of many contrasting musical styles and comfortably adapt them to suit their audiences, from popular songs between the 1940s and present day, to pop, jazz, swing and latin.  Phoebe and Charles are both classically-trained musicians; performing is their life passion and they are both extremely dedicated to their craft.  

'Very friendly and approachable.

Excellent musicians, and always about'

 - Robert and Elizabeth Quick (Cabin 541, MS Marco Polo)


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'Brilliant musical arrangements and humour’

- Jaine Sharp (Cabin 6017, MS Magellan)


' Very talented - has put
together an exceptional band.’

- Rosanne Hooper (Cabin 5157, MS Magellan)

Charles Baker BA, ATCL and Phoebe Richards BA are a talented, versatile and experienced musical variety duo with years of recent experience working on cruise ships

Charles is a professional pianist and occasional singer, band leader and presenter, possessing 20 years' professional performance experience, whilst Phoebe is a trained opera singer and plays alto/tenor saxophone, flute and clarinet to a professional standard.   




Phoebe has also starred as 1st female vocalist in diverse cabarets and production shows, including tributes to Broadway shows, global cultures and classic pop acts such as ABBA and Queen. Together they perform strongly both as a variety duo and as solo performers.


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'Very good and friendly solo piano session in Kensington Bar with audience participation'

 - Glenn Aldrich (Cabin 6079, MS Magellan)


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Meet Phoebe and Charles

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