Performing as a Pianist in Derbyshire
My name is Eugene Portman and I always look forward to being hired as a pianist in Derbyshire. There are many lovely venues dotted around the county’s wonderful countryside and in the major towns. These venues range from rural pubs and country house hotels to trendy restaurants and modern luxury hotels.
At one time or another I have played the piano in many of Derbyshire’s venues for many different types of events
A lot of the enquiries I receive are for me as a solo classical pianist, especially in the Derbyshire area. Furthermore, it is usually for couples looking for specific classical pieces to be played for their wedding ceremony or civil partnership. However, there are occasions when I’m hired to play an entire evening of classical music for some events.
Although classical piano music is ideal for some events, others require music from different genres. The bulk of the work I get in Derbyshire is for me as a wedding pianist and I have to be versatile in the music I play. I have to be able to play music that is suitable for every part of the wedding day. Luckily, I enjoy playing music from many genres and I can play Latin, swing, jazz, blues, classical, ragtime, sing-a-long, pop and rock. This versatility makes my music suitable for many other kinds of events besides weddings.
My main speciality is music from the jazz and swing era, which seems to go down well at most events. The style of jazz I play is based on great jazz pianists of the past such as Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner and George Shearing. This style of music is more accessible and melodic than some of the more modern forms of jazz.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Derbyshire
A recent trend in Derbyshire has been the rising number of enquiries for me as a sing-along pianist. The old fashioned sing-a-long pubs are gaining popularity and weddings are introducing an hour’s sing-a-long as a feature. I can make this easy by providing all the song sheets so that all you have to do is provide some hearty voices. Please visit the sing-a-long page for more information about this.
To hear examples of the different styles of music that I play, please visit the following pages:
If you would like help with your ceremony music then please visit the ceremony music page.
Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
Also, please don’t just stay on this page. The rest of the site contains loads of different styles of piano music and does explain the different services that I can offer.
I perform all over Derbyshire as a pianist. Here are some of the venues where I have performed:
Cathedral Quarter Hotel, 16 St Mary’s Gate, Derby DE1 3JR
Sitwell Arms Hotel, Renishaw, Derbyshire S21 3WF
Thornbridge Hall, Ashford in the Water DE45 1NZ
Masa Restaurant Wine Bar, The Old Wesleyan Chapel, Brook Street, Derby DE1 3PF
Risley Park, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS
Maynard (The), Main Road, Grindleford S32 2HE
Red Lion Inn, Main Street, Birchover, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2BN
Breadsall Priory, Moor Road, Morley, Nr. Derby DE7 6DL
Ringwood Hall Hotel, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 1DQ
Makeney Hall Hotel, Duffield, Derby DE56 0RS
Shottle Hall, White Lane, Belper DE56 2EB
Derby Conference Centre (The), London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX
I can be hired as a pianist for any wedding or event in the following areas of Derbyshire:
- Long Eaton
- Clay Cross
- North Wingfield
- South Normanton-Pinxton
- New Mills
- West Hallam
- Whaley Bridge