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This page features music suitable for a ceremony. People seem to worry unnecessarily about music for the ceremony. For a civil ceremony you can choose the music as long as it doesn't have any reference to God or religion. Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests should you require anything that isn't on my website. What follows is some information about the various parts of the ceremony together with examples of suitable music. You can download any of the underlined pieces by right clicking with your mouse and choosing the save option.

The gathering of the congregation.

The gathering of the congregation speaks for itself really - I just play music while people gather and seat themselves. If a couple would like to select wedding music for this part of the proceedings, they must accept that either: I won't be able to play all of the chosen piece or pieces, or more frequently I will have to play extra music of my choice.

 The Entrance of the Bride (The Procession)

The next section is the entrance of the bride and traditionally this was always carried out to Wagner's Bridal Chorus. Although most people stick to the Wagner; you can have any music you like. The one thing you must consider when looking an alternative is that it doesn't take long for the bride to walk down the aisle - usually 30-45 seconds . If you would like the music to be a little longer than this you can let the music start and then make the entrance part way through the piece (say after 8 bars). Also, the music has to be something that can be brought to an end easily so that I can stop playing as the bride reaches the front of the aisle.

A lot of couples go to great lengths to choose something very special for the entrance: only to find that I can only play a small snippet. I often recommend using the same music for the entrance as the signing of the register. This usually ensures that you will hear your favourite piece of music in it's entirety during the signing.

Here are a few examples of music that are suitable for the entrance:

 

Traditional Entrance Music

Air on a G String - Bach

Arioso - Bach

Berceuse (from Dolly Suite) Fauré

The Bridal Chorus - Wagner

Canon in D - Pachelbel - Short version

Canon in D - Pachelbel - Longer version. A longer version of the canon is sometimes used. The bride usually waits for either 8 or 12 counts before the entrance.

1st Arabesque - Debussy -Short version

1st Gymnopedie - Satie - Short version

 

Popular Music for Entrance

Greatest Day - Gary Barlow

Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison

Kissing You - Des'ree

Joga - Bjork

 

The Signing of the Register

The signing of the register usually takes from 7 - 12 minutes, so if your favourite piece of music is only two or three minutes in length then you'll probably have to choose two or three pieces of music so that it will cover the 7 - 12 minutes. I suppose that if you did choose something that was too long there would come a point when I would have have to stop playing but the piece would have to be excessively long. Here are some examples with the duration of each piece included.


Traditional Music for Signing the Register

1st Arabesque - Debussy (complete) 4 mins 13 secs

18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninov (complete) 2 mins 33 secs

Air on a G String - Bach (clip)

Arioso - Bach

Autumn Crocus - Mayerl (complete) 3 mins 35 secs

Berceuse from Dolly Suite - Fauré (clip)

Bella Notte - Einaudi

Chanson de Matin - Elgar

Clair De Lune - Debussy (complete) 4 mins 23 secs

Canon in D - Pachelbel

Evening Primrose - Mayerl

I Giorni - Einaudi

It's Your Day - Yiruma

Le Onde - Einaudi (complete) 4 mins 0 secs

Morning - Greig (clip)

River Flows in You - Yiruma (clip)

Salut D'Amour - Elgar (clip)

The Towing Path - Ireland (complete) 4 mins 6 secs

Three Preludes - Delius (complete) 3 mins 54 secs

Valse Op. 70 No. 2 - Chopin (complete) 3 mins 13 secs

 

Popular Music for Signing the Register

And I Love Her - Beatles

At Last - Etta James (clip)

Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Bob Gaudio - Sung by Andy Williams

Come Rain or Come Shine

Endless Love - Lionel Ritchie (clip)

Eternal Flame - The Bangles (clip)

Evergreen  - Barbara Streisand (clip)

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Greatest Day - Gary Barlow (clip)

A Groovy Kind of Love - Phill Collins

Happy Together - The Turtles (clip)

Have I Told You l Lately - Van Morrison

Heaven - Bryan Adams

Hello - Lionel Ritchie (clip)

Hello Again -Neil Diamond

Honesty - Billy Joel

A House is Not a Home - Burt Bacharach

How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees

If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys

I Only Have Eyes For You

I've Never Been in Love Before - from Guys and Dolls

Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel

Kissing You - Des'ree (clip)

Make You Feel My Love - Composed and sung by Bob Dylan (clip) - recently sung by Adele

Marry You - Bruno Mars

Misty - Erroll Garner

Moon River - Henry Mancini

The I More See You (clip)

The Nearness of you - Hoagy Carmichael

Night and Day - Cole Porter

One Day Like This - Elbow

Our Love is Here to Stay - Gershwin

Rule the World (clip) - Gary Barlow

Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin

Something - George Harrison

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Stars - Mark Hucknall/Simply Red

Stuck On You - Lionel Richie

That Ole Devi Called Love - originally sung by Billy Holiday - later sung by Alison Moyet

This is My Lovely Day - Vivian Ellis

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (clip)

Three Times A Lady - Lionel Ritchie

Till There Was You

Triumph in the Skies - Eason Chan

The Way You Look Tonight  - Tony Bennet (clip)

We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters

When You Say Nothing at All - Ronan Keating

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

The Very Thought of You

Yesterday - The Beatles

You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics

Your Song - Elton John

 

 The Recession

This is where everyone leaves the place of the wedding ceremony and traditionally this was always carried out to Mendelssohn's Wedding March. In this day and age wedding couples seem to request everything but the Wedding March. Anything seems to be appropriate for the recession but most people seem to select something that is jubilant. The music played doesn't have to be any particular length. Here are some suitable examples:

 

Traditional Music for the Recession

2nd Arabesque - Debussy

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (clip) - Handel

Cadiz - Albeniz (complete) 3 mins 34 secs

Dizzy Fingers - Confrey  (complete) 1min 49secs

Golliwogs Cakewalk - Debussy

Grand March from Aida - Verdi

Marigold - Mayerl (complete) 2 mins 53 secs

The Prince of Denmarks March (Trumpet Voluntary) - Clarke (clip)

Wedding Day in Troldhaugen - Greig

The Wedding March - Mendelssohn

 

Popular Music for the Recession

Alright, OK, You Win

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Bring Me Sunshine

Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations (clip)

Cheek to Cheek

Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra (clip)

Come Rain or Come Shine

Everybody in love (Put Your Hands Up)

Fly Me To The Moon (clip) - Frank Sinatra

Happy Days are Here Again

Happy Together - The Turtles (clip)

Heart and Soul - Hoagy Carmichael (clip)

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye

I Get A Kick Out Of You - Frank Sinatra

I'm Just a Lucky So and So - Duke Ellington

I'm Singin' in the Rain

It Had to Be You

It Must Be Love - Madness

Just in Time

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - George Gershwin - Yes I really have played this for a wedding ceremony!

Let's Do It (lets Fall in Love) - Cole Porter (clip)

The More I See You (clip)

Secret Love - Doris Day

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder (clip)

Stepping Out With My Baby

This Can't Be Love

Under the Moon of Love - Showaddywaddy

When You're Smiling (clip)

You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You - Dean Martin

Wonderwall - Oasis

You've Got A Friend in Me - Toy Story

You Are My Sunshine

 

Everything that I have mentioned above also applies to the civil partnership ceremony.

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

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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

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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

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I can be booked as a pianist for any Christmas party

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Email: mail@eugeneportman.co.uk 
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