Pianist, available in Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, London and UK

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Music for any wedding, party or event

Hi, my name is Eugene Portman and I have always wanted to be a pianist. 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 first became a professional pianist when I moved to London and I eventually managed to make jazz the mainstay of my income. There always seems to be a certain amount of prestige about performing as a pianist in London and I always enjoy working in the hustle and bustle of the big city. There are a lot of pianists in London, but there is so much going on that there seems to be plenty of opportunity to perform for most of them.

Where I Play the Piano

I now work principally as a pianist in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire, but I can cover other areas of the 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

Weddings and Events

I am often hired as a wedding pianist, but I can also provide music or entertainment for any party or event. The bulk of my work seems to be as a wedding pianist in London, but Essex and other areas of the South East seem to provide plenty of marriages and civil partnerships. With such a large number of venues it’s not surprising that I am booked as a pianist for so many weddings in London. Don’t forget that although I am really a jazz pianist, I also play in other styles and 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 would describe me as a jazz pianist while others would say that I verge on being a cocktail pianist, or lounge pianist. What is for sure is that I am no modernist, my main influences being pianists such as: George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and Dudley Moore. I play music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Burt Bacharach and all the other great writers of melodic standards. People hire me for cocktail parties, and the music I play (sometimes called ‘dinner jazz’) seems ideal for that sort of thing, but if you do need something a little more exciting – I can usually accommodate.

Although I have been heavily influenced by the music from the jazz era, I can play piano music from many othe genres including: latin, classical, rock, pop and ragtime. Please see Pop, Rock and Other Styles Page for more info.

I can also be hired as a typical London sing-a-long pianist and I can provide all the song sheets. This type of thing has become really popular for all kinds of events, even very formal ones. Please see my sing-along page for more information.

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 on thissite and you can also see my Youtube Videos.

The Jazz Band

If you are looking for something a little different from the usual function band or DJ; then a band playing tasteful mellow jazz might be the answer. We have performed as a jazz band in London’s most prestigious venues and are in great demand for all types of weddings and events wherever they are. We can also provide an hour’s recorded dance music at the end of the evening (please see Disco Page for more details).

The Jazz Singers

I also work as a pianist with four superb jazz singers and they are: Steve Conway from Hampshire, David Edwards from Sussex, Ali Wheeler from Kent and Louise Stuckey from Cambridgeshire. The singers can be hired for any wedding or party in the UK. Please click here for an ‘instant quote’

How Much?

Prices are from £250 (for me as a solo pianist) depending on distance from venue and other requirements. You can get an instant quote for a solo pianist n the right, but please either fill in the Quote Form or use my contact details if you want to contact me for a proper quote or are looking at having a larger line-up than a solo pianist.

No Piano? No Problem

If the venue doesn’t have a piano available then I can bring a Roland FP30 digital piano with me on the day and set it up anywhere you like. The sound of this instrument is exceptional. All the music on this site was recorded on a similar piano to the one I’d bring. Please note that there is no additional cost for this.

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

Baby Grand Piano Available

A baby grand piano shell is available for those occasions where a normal digital piano just wouldn’t look quite right. It only costs an additional £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 this page for more information.