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About Me and My Work as a Pianist

Essex and Surrey were where the bulk of my work used to be when I started out as a pianist. Gradually WiltshireHampshire OxfordshireGloucestershire and Buckinghamshire started to provide me with a steady stream of work.  I now cover the entire UK and I am constantly travelling to weddings and other types of events. Britain has an extremely varied range of venues and I enjoy traveling around the UK to explore them.  

I find that different events have different requirements and I have to adapt to each one. |I also find that just being a musician is not always enough. I can provide a whole range of services and equipment to make your event a successful one. I have: radio microphones for speeches, a high quality gazebo for outdoor events, additional PA systems and many other items. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any special requirements.

 

Eugene Portman

 

The Music

My main speciality is jazz and swing - music which has been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. My piano style has been honed by listening to the great jazz pianists of yesterday such as Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Gearoge Shearing, Teddy Wilson and Erroll Garner.  I like to make sure that the music entertains and that there is enough variety to please the bulk of my audience. Apart from jazz I cover many other genres including classical, latin, rock, ragtime, blues, and even sing-along.  My aim is to play music which is easy to listen to and fits well in any social occasion. Music with a ‘feel good’ factor is what I aim to achieve.  Please check out my repertoire pages to see and hear the styles of music that I play on the piano.

 

Weddings

Although I play for lot's of different types of events it is as a wedding pianist that I am most frequently booked. For some reason Essex, Surrey and Buckinghamshire provide me with the most, but I do cover the entire UK.  Being versatile is important and Ican provide music for every part of your wedding day including classical for your ceremony. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

 

Daneman Piano Keyboard

No Piano: No Problem

Speaking as a pianist who has played for many events, I have to say that most piano's in situ at venues are merely antiques and are completely unsuitable as a musical instrument.  I can bring my own digital instrument and I can assure you that the sound will be superb.   All the music on this site was recorded on the same digital piano that I would bring. This portable instrument also has the advantage that it can be moved very easily.  This is handy if music is needed in more than one location and it can even be set up outside provided that there is a source of AC power.  However, if you would prefer I can play a real instrument if there is one at the venue, this is completely your choice and I am perfectly willing to go along with your wishes.  

I also have a baby grand piano shell available for hire if you are looking for an instrument that looks more like the real thing.  It isn't as maneouverable as a normal digital piano but it does look smart.  See image below.

 

 Baby Grand Piano Shell 3

For more details please visit the Baby Grand Piano Shell Hire page

 

Contact Information 

 Telephone: 01342 835394

Email: mail@eugeneportman. co. uk

 

Here are a few of the venues where I have performed as a pianist over the last few years;

Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT
The Belvedere, Hardings Elms Rd, Crays Hill , Billericay CM11 2UH
Open University (The), Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Buckinghamshire MK7 6AA
RAF Lyneham, Chippenam, Wiltshire SN15 4PZ
Inn at Woburn (The), George Street, Woburn, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 9PX
Great Barn (The), Upper Aynho Grounds, Aynho, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3AY
Gosfield Hall, Gosfield, Essex
Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3UT
Bisham Abbey, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1RT
Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3RG
Prested Hall, Prested Hall Chase, Feering, Colchester, Essex
Haseley Manor, Arreton, Isle of Wight, Hampshire PO30 3AN
Rendcombe College, Rendcombe, Nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 7HA
Medieval Hall (The), Sarum St. Michael, West Walk, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EY
Hare and Hounds Hotel, Bath Road, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire GL8 8QL
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9BQ
Weston Manor Hotel, Northampton Road Weston-on-the-Green, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 3QL
Elvetham (The), Hartley Whitney, Hampshire RG27 8AR
Rendcombe College, Rendcombe, Nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 7HA
Grafton Manor Hotel, Grafton Lane, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire NB61 7HA

 

Recent Gigs Include:

9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

Last night I played the piano for a 1920s party at Pembroke House which is the Royal Naval...

3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

I’ve just got back home from doing a wedding in the Orangery at Whittlebury Park Golf and...

26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

Yesterday I played the piano at a wedding at the Starr Restaurant in Dunmow, Essex and it turned...

14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

Yesterday turned out to be quite a surprising day for me; and a very special day for both...

  • 9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

    9th May – 1920s Party at Pembroke House, Gillingham, Kent

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:10
  • 3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

    3rd May – Wedding at Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Towcester, Northamptonshire

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:39
  • 26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow, Essex

    26th April – Wedding with Sheila Daniels and Adam Bishop at The Starr Restaurant in Great Dunmow,...

    Friday, 16 May 2014 00:47
  • 14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

    14th June - Wedding of Aaron Ramsey and Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle, Monmouth, South Wales

    Monday, 16 June 2014 12:53
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No Piano?

No Problem

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I can bring a digital piano with me on the day and set it up anywhere you like. Please note that there is no additional cost for this. See image above.

 

 New!!! Baby Grand Piano Shell

Baby Grand Piano Shell 4

 A baby grand piano shell is now available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn't look right. It only costs an additional £80 to hire this which is a small fraction of what it would cost to hire the real thing. Click HERE or on the image for more ingormation


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In the Mix is a singing club based in Cheam, Surrey.

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I can be booked as a pianist for any Christmas party

Christmas Tree

Christmas is upon us again and lots of parties and other festivities have to be planned. I am often hiredas a pianist for Christmas parties - especially in London. Pianists are plentiful in South East England but there are so many parties happening that there is more than enough work for most of them. I am often asked to provide background dinner music, but Christmas often demands music of a more lively nature, and people often like to have a sing song. I  play lots of Christmas songs, but here are just two Christmas song medleys that I can provide song sheets for: 

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 1

Away in a Manger
Good Christian Men Rejoice
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
I Saw Three Ships
Hark the Herald Angels
O Come All Ye Faithful

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 2

The First Noel
While Shepherds Watched
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David's City
Good King Wenceslas
Ding Dong Merrily on High
We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 3

Deck the Halls
Jingle Bells
The Holly and the Ivy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Sing-along Sheet 4

Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
White Christmas

 

Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have. 

 

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Baby Grand Piano Shell Hire

 

 

A baby grand piano shell is available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn’t look quite right. This can be set up in about 45 minutes and it holds a conventional digital piano. A lot of people think that it is a real grand piano when they see it and are surprised when they find out that it is just a shell with a keyboard inside.It only costs an additional £80 for Eugene to bring this piece of equipment with him to an event. That is a small fraction of what it would be to hire a grand piano from a supplier.

There are a few limitations on where Eugene can offer this service, but it is fine for most situations. There are restrictions in Central Hertfordshire and other major cities due to parking problems. Please contact Eugene and he will try and get around any obstacles.

 Baby Grand Piano Shell 4

 

 

Baby Grand Piano Shell 3

There are limitations on where I'm able to offer the use of this digital baby grand piano. There are definitely restrictions in Central London and other major cities due to parking problems, but please contact me and I will try and get around any obstacles.

Baby Grand Piano Shell 2

I will carry on offering the Yamaha P155 digital piano at no additional extra cost. This instrument is very smart looking and is perfect for most events. See image below.

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Looking for a Wedding Pianist?

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I can provide different types of music for different parts of your wedding day. You can have classical music for the ceremony followed by solo jazz piano for the drinks reception. You can then have mellow dinner music during the wedding breakfast followed by a jazz trio for the evening. You can even have a Cockney sing-a-long  as part of your day. Just let me know your preferences and I'll try and accomodate. 

Whatever your requirements are - I'm sure that I can help you out. I always provide recorded music while I take my breaks and I can also supply a radio microphone for the speeches.


If you would like help with ceremony music then please visit this page

 

 

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You Can Contact Me and Get a Quote Here:

You Can Contact Me Here

 

You can get an online quote by just filling in the form below. You may not have all the information to fill in the complete form, but please make sure that you give me the following items of information:

a) The line-up you require i.e solo piano, duo with piano and vocals or trio etc.

b) An approximate start and finish time or how long you will need me for

c) The location of the venue - if you don't have a venue booked then a area or county will do.


If for any reason you believe that the above form hasn't submitted properly, please use the following contact details.

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Phone: 01342 835394

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