Last Updated on 24th May 2020 by eugeneportman

Eugene is absolutely brilliant a real crowd pleaser who will have your customers asking for more, creates a magical atmosphere that makes you want to sing and dance.

Smiles and laughter all round

Well done Eugene and Thanks

Team Sun Inn

Date of Posting: 05 December 2019
Posted By: Sun Inn

We were holding a Cockney Night at our local pub and selected Eugene from many sing along pianists on the internet based on what we saw on his website, all questions being answered in a timely manner and a fair price.

What a Find!! Eugene is a true professional and a Gentleman. Nothing was too much trouble. Ample song sheets were provided for the singalong, which went down well. He received several requests during the evening and just played naturally without any musical scores.

The evening was a total success, mostly thanks to Eugene. I know he will be back by popular demand!!

Date of Posting: 07 October 2019
Posted By: Kevin Clarke

Eugene you are a star. I had a fantastic 50th thanks to you. The night was everything I wished it to be and more. Thank you so much xx

Date of Posting: 21 March 2019
Posted By: Sue Lyons

Eugene provided a brilliant night’s entertainment providing a fun, interactive atmosphere with our customers. We sold this night out & have had a lot of positive feedback from our customers including online reviews. We will be booking Eugene again for the White Hart & also our sister pubs in the company.

Date of Posting: 05 November 2018
Posted By: Alessandra Hunt
Little Waltham, Essex

Mr Portman held our inaugural “cockney knees up” and wow!

Super timely and enthusiastic, he instilled a real party atmosphere, ensuring everyone went away with a big smile! Very generous with his time, and well worth every penny. If your wish is to have a proper sing along, he’s your guy!

We were so thrilled we have booked him to come back two more times! but hurry as his diary is filling up!

Overall, very happy with how the evening went and well worth the small expense.

Date of Posting: 01 November 2018
Posted By: Abby-Kate
Covent Garden

Many thanks to Eugene who entertained our guests who were atttending our 60/65 th party. Lovely assortment of pieces for when guests arrived followed by a very successful singalong. Enjoyed by all!

Date of Posting: 10 October 2018
Posted By: Richard Palmer
Thorpe Bay, Essex

Hello Eugene,

I am just catching up on some long overdue correspondence (apologies), and would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for making such a wonderful evening for us all.

Your presence and playing contribution needless to say was absolutely superb.

Fantastic, – Thank you so much, – and hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

With very best wishes,

Kind regards,


Date of Posting: 10 September 2018
Posted By: Colin Fever

Thanks Eugene, your fantastic playing helped to make our wedding day amazing and unforgettable.
Best wishes
Matt & Ayla

Date of Posting: 08 July 2018
Posted By: Matthew Clulee
The Captains Club hotel

Eugene played at our wedding and wedding ceremony. He was professional, helpful and played brilliantly. He perfectly adapted his style to our special day. We would be very happy to recommend him at similar events.

Thanks so much

Esther and Tom

Date of Posting: 04 June 2018
Posted By: Esther and Tom

What an excellent afternoon. Thank you so much for coming to help us celebrate my mum’s 80th, it was great fun. Everyone enjoyed the sing-a-long, would highly recommend.

Date of Posting: 22 May 2018
Posted By: Helen Smith
Ashby Magna, Leicestershire


Just a line to thank you so much for coming all the way to Quorn to entertain my guests at my 80th birthday party.

Your talents went a long way towards making the event a great success and everyone enjoyed the good old knees up – followed by your lovely reflective piano playing before the disco got underway.

Best regards,

Eric Harding

Date of Posting: 10 April 2018
Posted By: Eric Harding
Quorn, Leicestershire

Thank you Eugene for making our 70th Birthday Knees Up such a success, from arriving early to playing all evening we had a fabulous time singing along to the old cockney songs.

Date of Posting: 18 March 2018
Posted By: Chris Woods

We had Eugene play for us at a surprise 70th Birthday dinner party (1940s style) at the beautiful Stoke Park Hotel in November and he was absolutely brilliant! Exactly what we wanted: talented and so perfectly adaptable to that classic iconic style of the 1940s. Having said that, his talent is so great that whatever he plays would be just perfect! We would whole heartedly recommend him.

Date of Posting: 24 January 2018
Posted By: Diane Rabbitt
Stoke Park

Eugene was absolutely perfect for our Birthday event. He arrived nice and early and got straight down to a wonderful variety of music which suited the occasion perfectly. His relaxed and friendly style made a great addition to the evening.

Date of Posting: 21 January 2018
Posted By: Iain low

Eugene is extremely accommodating and a talented musician. We have booked him twice now and on each occasion have experienced a warm, friendly and homely evening listing to his music. great fun singing along to his Christmas carols!

Date of Posting: 10 January 2018
Posted By: alexandra todd

Eugene Played at our wedding in Somerset in October of this year. He was the perfect complimemt to a wonderful day. From playing my wife down the aisle to providing ambient background music to all the stages until he seemlessly slipped away towards the end of the wedding breakfast.

Date of Posting: 12 November 2017
Posted By: Angus

Hi Eugene,

So sorry we didn’t get chance to talk to you on our day. I would just like to thank you for doing such an awesome job on the piano for our. Many of the guests commented how great the piano was.
We were personally chuffed to bits with love cats as were our guests judging by their comments.

Thanks so so much.

James and Holly

Date of Posting: 04 September 2017
Posted By: James and Holly
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Hi Eugene

Thanks for making our marriage on Saturday so fabulous with your music. We loved the whole day but the ceremony and all the music, especially our friend Kathryn singing to Puccini were really special…as was leaving to Madness!

We’re sorry that we didn’t get to meet personally to say hello and thanks you, but hope that you enjoyed playing at our special day.

Thanks again

Jonathan and Cheryl

Date of Posting: 19 May 2017
Posted By: Jonathan and Cheryl

Eugene played during our wedding ceremony and meal at the Lord Bute hotel in Highcliffe this March.
Eugene played the piano beautifully and it was lovely to have the music in the background.
Eugene was very professional and we would highly recommend him.
Thank you Eugene for making our wedding day so special.

Date of Posting: 02 May 2017
Posted By: Richard and Sally Geller

Hi Eugene

Thank you so much for making my Mums birthday so amazing. I have not stopped getting messages today about how everyone had such a fabulous time. I think you could tell how much I enjoyed it. Hope we will enjoy your piano playing again one day.

Thank you again
Debbie and Mark

Date of Posting: 28 March 2017
Posted By: Debbie and Mark

Eugene provided the pubs clientele with a great nights entertainment aided by, amongst others, members of the Cathedral choir singing slightly different songs than they are used to! We will rebook early next year.

Date of Posting: 22 November 2016
Posted By: Ian Coburn

We had a absolutely amazing evening with Eugene. It was brilliant from start to finish. Eugene made the evening and our customers thought he was great. Will definitely use him again and would highly recommend this man.
5⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️Eugene fantastic!

Date of Posting: 20 October 2016
Posted By: Emma Haynes
Anstey Herts

Eugene Portman – What a fantastic pianist.

We chose to have Eugene play at our wedding reception during dinner. Every single one of our guests commented on how beauifully the piano was played and how lovely it was to have it as background music.

Eugene himself was personable and professional throughout the entire process and a joy to have at the wedding. We would highly recommend him! Thank you Eugene for making our day so special.

Charlotte and Tom

Date of Posting: 20 September 2016
Posted By: Charlotte Gallacher

Eugene played for our Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration at Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath. The standard of playing was excellent and Eugene judged the audience, and what they would like to hear, beautifully. We were asked beforehand if there was anything special that we would like and I mentioned that we liked film music, especially the theme from Cinema Paradiso. Nothing was too much trouble and this theme was played superbly. If the weather had allowed Eugene would have been willing to set up an additional instrument outside in the garden. Although it wasn’t to be, due to the rain, that sort of commitment really impressed us both. We have received several cards and emails complimenting the venue and Eugene’s playing and we would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

Date of Posting: 16 September 2016
Posted By: Rod Willerton
Haywards Heath, West Sussex

For my husband’s 50th birthday we had a weekend full of celebrations. The first one was held in the White Swan Inn, Llanfrynach, Wales. I had asked Eugene to come and play for the. evening to get everyone in the party mode for the weekend before us – he did a fantastic job and everyone felt that he added to the evening enormously. Thank you so much and best wishes

Date of Posting: 12 September 2016
Posted By: SALLY
Jersey/ Wales/ London

Eugene came and played at my mothers wake. He is a wonderful pianist, and played a lovely selection of my mothers favourite tunes.

The day was very sad, but hearing favourite tunes helped ease the pain.

As a musician myself Eugene covered ballads and up tempo music with ease and his own style of jazz/cocktail piano,

I would certainly book him again.

Sally Stevens

Date of Posting: 01 September 2016
Posted By: Sally Stevens

This guy was incredible. So, so glad he was there on our wedding. We had him play outside music for guest arrival with drinks etc and then later on throughout the wedding breakfast. Everyone commented on how nice it was to have the piano there. We asked if he’d be able to play a song that meant a lot to us. He’s never played this before ( and quite possibly never heard it before ) but he absolutely nailed it. I can not recommend this guy enough. A fantastic touch to our rememberable day! Thank you, you made such a a big difference to our wedding, we are so glad we found you.

Date of Posting: 14 August 2016
Posted By: Neil and Sarah

We booked Eugene to play at our wedding breakfast in a marquee at our home. He was fabulous and took our lively bunch of guests in his stride, including guests wishing to sing-a-long, unplanned speeches and a delayed start time resulting in Eugene having to play for longer than was booked. His set list was adapted as the evening developed (into a very lively one) and was professionally delivered with little input from us. The electronic baby grand piano was a lovely feature in our marquee set up. Thank you!

Date of Posting: 13 August 2016
Posted By: Alanna Lymn Rose

In short, Eugene Portman was the icing on our cake. In more detail, he played during our wedding ceremony, reception and breakfast and was, quite simply, superb. He brought his baby grand piano and looked the part; our wedding was outside, in beautiful gardens under belting sunshine. There was a wide range of ages on our guest list and so many people complimented him and us on his music. We are so glad to have booked Eugene and are trying to find an excuse for another party so we can do so again. Class.

Date of Posting: 11 August 2016
Posted By: Gary Chappell
Thurrock, Essex

Dear Eugene,

We just wanted to thank you enormously for your wonderful performance at our wedding on 16th July. You transformed the evening and played beautifully from start to finish. We had so many compliments from our guests and we really can’t thank you enough for making our day so memorable and special.

Thank you very much.

Very best wishes,
Eleanor & Piers Beeton

Date of Posting: 02 August 2016
Posted By: Eleanor & Piers Beeton
Witney, Oxfordshire

Thank you so much for being the perfect accompaniment to our wedding. Calm and professional, you were great. The sound was amazing and you really helped make our special day so good. We would recommend Eugene to anyone considering having a solo pianist for any occasion. Thank you again.

Date of Posting: 26 June 2016
Posted By: Phil & Annie

Eugene played cockney tunes for our family reunion party. He was brilliant and got us all up singing and later doing the Lambeth walk and okey cokey dance. He is completely reliable and professional – would highly recommend him

Date of Posting: 18 June 2016
Posted By: Ann Pittaway

Hi Eugene

I would just like to say once again, thank you for such exquisite playing at our daughters wedding on Saturday.

Having you play as she walked down the aisle was exceptional, and being at the venue while guests arrived and mingled during the photographs was a joy to hear.

The piano playing in the background was truly magical, and that is testament to your skill and experience.

It’s certainly something I would recommend for a wedding.

Thank you once again.

Best Wishes

David & Sharon McCormick

Date of Posting: 15 June 2016
Posted By: David McCormick

Dear Eugene,

I just wanted to thank you. What can I say ! You were amazing,we had a perfect day and having you play the piano was “the icing on the cake”.What a talented musician and perfect gentleman you are. From start to finish, you set the scene,created the perfect ambience with your carefully chosen pieces complimenting the wonderful venue and added a real sense of occasion to the day for both Jeremy,myself and our guests.

Yes,I do hope that we will see you again, we just need an excuse to have another party!

Kindest regards,

Denise & Jeremy.

Date of Posting: 04 May 2016
Posted By: Denise and Jeremy
Chichester, West Sussex

We booked Eugene for a St George’s celebration party and what a fantastic entertainer Eugene is.

I highly recommend Eugene if you are looking for someone to book for a birthday, wedding or any kind of celebration and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Date of Posting: 01 May 2016
Posted By: Mervyn Moys

I have had the very good fortune to have Eugene play at our wedding 10 years ago and also at my recent birthday celebrations. It was great to meet up and hear Eugene’s splendid piano playing again. It really felt like meeting up with an old friend and Eugene created the perfect atmosphere for the event. My guests really enjoyed his playing too and, despite it being an intimate event, Eugene was discreet, but provided the perfect backdrop to an excellent evening. Many thanks, Eugene, let’s hope we can arrange another event!

Date of Posting: 12 April 2016
Posted By: Peter Allen

Big thank you to Eugene for a fantastic nights entertainment. Had the whole pub singing along.
A great entertainer very professional and amicable. Already booked in for another night.
Thanks again.

Date of Posting: 27 March 2016
Posted By: adam
Harlow Essex

Eugene played at a charity Christmas party in our local village hall in Sussex. The guests were absolutely wowed by his talent and he created a wonderful atmosphere which made the event really magical. Eugene is extremely talented, professional and personable and I would certainly hire him for future events with no hesitation. Thanks again Eugene for making the event come to life!

Date of Posting: 18 January 2016
Posted By: Sara Harding
Lindfield Sussex

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Eugene for bringing something beautiful to what was a very sad day for us. I hadn’t ever expected that it could’ve been as wonderful as it was, you read the situation perfectly and the music was so special, my grandma would have adored it. I absolutely recommend and will be telling all friends and family too, I hope we will have the pleasure of hearing you play again. Thank you again so much.

Date of Posting: 13 January 2016
Posted By: Emily
Horsham, West Sussex.

Thank you very much for what I can describe as a very enjoyable evening.Top class piano playing and all our guests enjoyed singing along to the Cockney tunes.

Date of Posting: 07 January 2016
Posted By: Carole Simmonds