My Work as a Pianist in Hertfordshire
My Name is Eugene Portman and there hardly seems to be a week I’m not performing as a pianist in the Hertfordshire area. The area has a fantastic range of venues from lovely country pubs, historical buildings, and modern hotels. These venues are ideal for all forms of events including weddings, parties, and corporate functions.
A lot of my work is as a solo classical pianist. Moreover. this can range from just playing a handful of pieces for a ceremony to playing classical music for an entire evening. Classical music is ideal for some events but others require music from different genres.
A lot of the bookings I do in the Hertfordshire area are for me as a wedding pianist and I have to be versatile for this. This is because weddings often demand different styles of music for each part of the wedding day. For instance, classical music is often the choice for ceremonies, while jazz is definitely the in-thing for drinks receptions. Also, the wedding breakfast often needs a completely different style of music from the evening reception. As well as weddings I can also provide music for birthday parties, store openings, barbecues, anniversaries, and corporate events.
I play many styles of music including jazz, swing, rock, pop, sing-a-long, latin, blues and ragtime. Although I enjoy playing many different styles of music, my speciality is music for the jazz and swing era. My influences are pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, and Georg Shearing. Moreover, my style of jazz is easy to listen to and consists of tunes we all know and love.
I suppose the bulk of my work in Hertfordshire is as a solo pianist, but I do provide other instrumental line-ups. These range from duos and trios right up to a five-piece jazz band. Here is a full range of line-ups available:
- Duo – piano and vocals or piano and bass
- Trio – piano, bass and vocals or piano, bass and drums
- Quartet – piano, bass, drums and vocals or piano, bass, drums and sax
- Five Piece Jazz Band – piano, bass, drums, sax and vocals
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need any help choosing a suitable line-up for your event.
Working as a Sing-along Pianist in Hertfordshire
There has been a recent trend in the UK to book me as a sing-along pianist and this has been most apparent in Hertfordshire. This sort of thing is something quite new for me and I have found it to be very enjoyable. A sing-along has become a feature for many types of events including weddings.
All you have to do is provide me with the singers and I can provide you with the song sheets. Also, I dress in typical Cockney attire which includes a Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, neckerchief, pocket watch, etc.
Please visit the sing-a-long page for more information about this. Alternatively, please visit my other site at www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk. Also please explore the rest of the site to hear the many styles of music I play.
Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
Here are a few venues in and around Hertfordshire area where I have performed:
Barrington Hall, Dunmow Rd, Hatfield Broad Oak, Bishop’s Stortford CM22 7LE
Fanhams Hall Hotel, Fanhams Hall Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7PZ
Marks & Spencer, Brookfield Centre, Halfhide Lane, Cheshunt EN8 0TZ
Sarratt Village Hall, Sarratt, Hertfordshire WD3 6AS
West Herts Squash Club, 8 Park Avenue, Watford WD1 7HP
Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ
Brocket Hall, Welwyn AL8 7XG
Hanbury Manor Hotel and Country Club, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 0SD
Priory (The), Little Wymondley SG4 7HD
Theobalds Park, Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross , Hertfordshire, EN7 5HW
The Collonade, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
I can be hired as a pianist for any wedding or event in the following areas of Hertfordshire:
Welwyn Garden City