Charles is a professional pianist and singer, piano bar and cocktail bar performer, band leader and presenter, possessing many years of professional performance experience.
British born, but now performing as a Piano Bar Entertainer round the world on various cruise ships including various contracts with the Carnival group, both with P&O in the UK and also in the USA, now with Royal Caribbean in New Zealand and Australia, he possesses an extensive memorized repertoire of many contrasting musical styles and comfortably adapt them to suit his audiences, from popular post-war songs to pop, jazz, swing, country and Latin.
Charles Baker is a UK degree-educated classically-trained musician; performing is his life passion and he is extremely dedicated to his craft. When performing on cruise ships, at wedding, other events and clubs, Charles welcomes any audience requests as he not only has a very wide repertoire, but Charles has the ability to improvise in any key on the spot, and also to smoothly segue songs together.
Charles additionally has worked as a performance host including presenting versions of the TV formats Countdown, Just A Minute and Catchphrase, and also hosting various quiz nights and cruise choirs.
As well as an experienced performer and presenter, Charles is highly skilled and talented in musical composition and arranging for band, orchestra and other ensembles.
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.
Charles has 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.
Charles Baker has a valid STCW sea certificate, is physically fit and has his own NORD GRAND professional keyboard and associated broadcast quality equipment along with music composing software including Cubase 13 and Sibelius.