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Performing as a Pianist in Hampshire
My name is Eugene Portman and I receive a steady flow of work as a pianist form the Hampshire area. I provide music for a variety of types of events including parties, corporate events, and mostly weddings. A lot of the events that I do in this area are military ones, but they are not all on MOD bases. The many weddings I do take often place in venues such as hotels, country pubs, and golf clubs. Hampshire isn’t far for me to travel and I always enjoy working as a pianist in the area.
Although I do play the piano for all types of functions, it is as a wedding pianist that I am usually booked. In order to play the piano for weddings, it is essential that I am versatile with the music I play. Over the years I have learned to play music from many different styles and genres. These include pop, rock, classical, swing, Latin, and jazz. Couples often require different types of music for the various parts of their wedding day. For instance, they may wish to have classical piano music for the ceremony, followed by jazz for the drinks reception. This can be followed by some gentle piano music consisting of an assortment of rock ballads and mellow jazz for the wedding breakfast.
My main speciality is jazz and music from the swing era. The word jazz often frightens people off, but it needn’t. The music I play consists of tunes we all know and love played in an easy listening style. My influences are pianists like Ralph Sharon, Erroll Garner, George Shearing, and Oscar Peterson. Above all, my aim is to make my music listenable and entertaining.
More and more I am called upon to perform as a solo classical pianist, and I have to say that it is something I really do enjoy. Most of the time this consists of me playing a few piano pieces for a ceremony. However, there are occasions when I am asked to provide one to two hours of classical music. for an event.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Hampshire
Very recently there has been a surge of interest in old fashioned cockney sing-a-long.s This has led to quite a lot of enquiries for me as a sing-along pianist in the Hampshire region. I can provide all the song sheets, so all you have to do is sing along to the piano.
I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
I can also be hired as a pianist for any wedding or event in the following areas of Hampshire:
- Wimbourne Minster
- Blandford Forum
- Saint Leonards
- Lyme Regis
- Lytchett Matravers
- Sturminster Newton
- Bovington Camp
- Three Legged Cross