Pianist, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, London and UK.

Piano music for any wedding, party or event

Hi, my name is Eugene Portman and I have always wanted to be a pianist for as long as I can remember. I started playing the piano when I was seven in Yorkshire and from then on all I wanted was to play more and more. At first I went down the classical route, but I always had a keen interest in jazz. I became a professional pianist when I moved to London and I managed to make jazz the mainstay of my income. I have always enjoyed performing as a pianist in London and I always enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the big city. There are many pianists in London, but there are plenty of performing opportunities for most of them.

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Where I Play the Piano

Most of my work as a pianist is in the South East. I cover London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, and Berkshire. Besides these counties, I also cover the entire UK.

I have played the piano in many of the UK’s venues including:

  • London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
  • Essex County Hotel, Aviation Way, Southend, Essex SS2 6UN
  • Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT
  • Buxted Park Country House Hotel, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4AY
  • Prested Hall, Prested Hall Chase, Feering, Colchester, Essex CO5 9EE
  • Kent National Golf and Country Club, Watermans Lane, Brenchley, Kent TN12 6ND
  • Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD
  • Horsley Towers, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Guildford, Surrey KT24 6DU
  • East Court Mansion, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex. RH19 3LT
  • Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 1QN
  • Blake Hall Ongar, Essex. CM5 0DG
  • Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW
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Weddings and Events

I do provide piano music for a lot of weddings, but I also entertain at many different types of events. The bulk of my work is for weddings in London, but Essex and other southern areas give me plenty of events. I am a jazz pianist foremost, but I also play in many other styles. I can even provide classical piano music for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Please see the wedding page for more information.

The Music

Some people describe me as a jazz pianist, while others would say that I verge on being a cocktail pianist. What is or sure is that I am no modernist. My main influences have been pianists such as Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner. I play music by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Burt Bacharach and all the other writers of great songs. People hire me for cocktail parties, and the music I play seems ideal for that sort of thing. But, if you do need something a little more exciting – I can usually accommodate.

I am definitely influenced by the music of the jazz era, but I can play piano music from many othe genres. these other genres include: Latin, classical, rock, pop and ragtime. Please see Pop and Rock, Classical Pieces, and Other Songs.

You can now book me as a typical Cockney style sing-a-long pianist and I can provide all the song sheets. This type of thing has become sought after for all kinds of events, even very formal ones. Please see my Singalong Page for more information. Alternatively visit my singalong website.

Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.

If you would like to hear me play; you will find free MP3s of me HERE and you can also see my Youtube Videos Here.

The Jazz Band

If you are looking for something different from the usual function band or DJ; then I may have the answer. A band playing tasteful jazz might add something special to your event. My jazz band have performed in London’s most prestigious venues and are in demand for all types of events. We can also provide an hour’s recorded dance music at the end of the evening.

The Jazz Singers

I also work as a pianist with four superb jazz singers. Steve Conway (from Hampshire) and David Edwards (from Sussex) if you are looking for male singers. If you are looking for female singers  I have Ali Wheeler (from Kent) and Louise Stuckey (from Cambridgeshire). These singers can be hired for any wedding or party in the UK.

How Much?

Prices are from £250 (for me as a solo pianist) depending on distance from venue and other requirements. You can get a quote by either filling in the Quote Form, Email, or telephone 07391 472474.

No Piano? No Problem

A Roland FP30 digital piano is always available if your venue doesn’t have a piano. I can bring this with me on the day and set it up anywhere you like. The sound of this instrument is exceptional. I recorded all the music on this site with a similar piano to the one I’d bring. Please note that I don’t charge any extra for the use of this piano.

If you are looking for something more like a baby grand piano and less like a keyboard then see below.

harge any extra for the use of this piano.

Baby Grand Piano Shell Available

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A baby grand piano shell is available for a small fee. This suits those occasions where a normal digital piano wouldn’t look right. It only costs an extra £80 on top of my playing fee to hire this. That is a small fraction of what it would be to hire a grand piano from a supplier. Please visit the Grand Piano Shell Page for more information.

Here are some of the areas I cover: