Last Updated on 5th June 2020 by eugeneportman
My Work as a Pianist in Surrey
Being a pianist in Surrey is full of surprises as far as the great variety of venues is concerned. Also, I am continually overwhelmed by the many different kinds of events I have to play the piano for. Surrey is the home to many lovely venues. Furthermore, I have been lucky to have played the piano at many of them over the years. Firstly, we have golf clubs such as Wentworth Golf Club at Virginia Water, and Burhill Golf Club at Walton on Thames. Then we have historical buildings such as Sandhurst Military Academy at Camberley and Great Fosters in Egham. I am also called upon to provide piano music in many private homes for parties and family get-togethers. I’m lucky to work as a pianist in Surrey as there is always an abundance of work.
Events, Parties and Weddings
Mostly, I am booked as a wedding pianist, but Surrey provides me with many other types of events. There are many wedding venues in Surrey and I’ve played the piano in quite a lot of them. Other types of events often require my musical services including corporate events and many private parties. Parties can range from birthday parties to Christmas celebrations. They can also be in an established venue or they can be in a private home or garden. Don’t worry if there is no piano at the venue as I can provide a digital piano free of charge. If you are not sure about the quality of a digital piano then just listen to the music on this site. All the music on this site was recorded on the same type of piano that I would bring to your event.
The Music I Play
I am often asked to play classical piano music for events and this is something that I really enjoy. When I learned the piano in Yorkshire it was classical music that I first played. This was before branching out into jazz and other styles. Most of the time that I am required to play classical music for Surrey based wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. While the rest of the day often requires other styles of music.
My speciality is jazz and I suppose this is the backbone of my work. The word jazz often frightens people off and I can’t blame them when I hear some forms of modern jazz. The style I play is an older style akin to pianists such as George Shearing, Errol Garner, and Oscar Peterson. I like good tunes and I like to play the compositions of composers of good tunes. These include Cole Porter, Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and other great songs from the Great American Song Book. A lot of these songs were performed by many of the great singers such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennet. Not surprisingly they are still performed by many of today’s musicians and vocalists. My style of piano playing utilises these great songs and I try to make my style of jazz melodic and entertaining. Other styles I play include Latin, classical, pop, rock and ragtime.
A recent trend, in Surrey and surrounding areas, has been to hire me as a sing-a-long pianist. Tis has rapidly become something I really enjoy and I really look forward to being hired to do this. I can provide song sheets for this and I can dress up as a typical Cockney pianist. This consits of a Bowler hat, grandad shirt, waistcoat, red neckerchief, etc. Everyone seems to enjoy a good sing-along and I always enjoy doing them. Quite surprisingly sing-alongs seem to work even during very formal events. Please visit the sing-along page HERE to visit my other website at www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk for more information about this service.
Being able to offer different styles of music allows me to offer more versatility as a pianist. Moreover, I find that my music seems to work for all types of social occasions. Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
Here are some of the venues in Surrey that have used my services as a pianist:
Barn at Bury Court (The), Bentley, Farnham
Carew Manor, Church Road, Wallington
Coltsford Mill, Mill Lane, Hurst Green, Oxted
Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey
Horsley Towers, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Guildford
Langshott Manor, Horley
Ramster, Chiddingfold, Nr Godalming, Surrey
Red Barn (The). Tandridge Lane, Blindley Heath
Russ Hill Hotel, Nr Gatwick Airport, Charlwood
Russets Country House, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey GU8 4S
Wentworth Golf Club, Wentworth Drive Virginia Water
Woodlands Park Hotel, Woodlands Lane, Stoke D’abernon, Cobham
Ye Olde Swan, Summer Road Thames Ditton, Surrey
I can be hired to play the piano at any weddings or events in the following Surrey areas:
- Virginia Water
- West Clandon
- East Horsley