Eugene Portman on piano

 

Surrey Based Pianist

You can also hire my jazz band in Guildford, Croydon,Woking,Sutton,Kingston on Thames and other areas of Surrey

 

 

My Work as a Pianist in Surrey

I suppose that the reason that I am booked so often as a pianist in Surrey is the fact that I live there (at the moment anyway). I have, at one time or another played in many of Surreys great venues and I have performed in many of its towns and cities including: Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton and Kingston on Thames. I also play piano in other other areas of the South East of England including Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. A lot of my work consists of just me as a solo jazz pianist, but I also provide other line-ups from a duo (piano and bass or piano and vocals) right up to a five piece jazz band.

Hedgecourt Lake, Surrey

Hedgecourt Lake, Surrey

 

Weddings and Events in Surrey

Surrey is very popular for weddings and it is as a wedding pianist that very frequently hired. The jazz band line-up is also very much in demand for them. Besides performing as a wedding pianist, I also frequently have to provide music for parties and corporate entertainment for business events. Due to the large number of venues, Surrey pianists are in great demand and I perform in this county more than any other.

My Music

My favourite type of music is jazz and swing which is a genre I've always loved from being very young. Sometimes the word 'jazz' can put people off, but the music I play isn't ultra-modern and wy out. Above all I try and make my music entertaining and I always try and keep it at a volume that people can hold a conversation comfortably. My influences are pianists like Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, George Shearing, Erroll Garner and Dudley Moore - rather than being influenced by the more modern avant garde variety. Inobtrusive is the keyword, but I can turn up the gas if you are looking a something more lively. I hope my music will add sparkle to your event, without drowning conversation.

Besides jazz I also play music from many other genres including pop, latin, rock, classical and even sing-along. An important thing to remember is that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.

I can organise an old fashioned sing-along where I provide song sheets and all you have to do is provide some hearty voices. I often organise these sing-alongs for Cockney themed evenings where I dress as a Cockney pianist complete with bowlere hat, grandad shirt, waistcoat, red neckerchief etc. Please see http://eugeneportman.co.uk/index.php?page=singalong-pianist for more information about this.

 

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Just try clicking the song titles to the right of the above player to change songs. If they are not to your liking then please try the following players:

Wedding favourites

Up-Tempo Songs

Slow Songs

Larger Line-ups: Duos, trios, jazz band etc.

or alternatively move on to my repertoire pages...

 

 

Here are some of the venues where I have performed as a pianist:

The Barn at Bury Court, Bentley, Farnham - A beautiful venue tucked away in the Surrey countryside and just a stone's throw away from Farnham.

Denbies Vineyard, London Road, Dorking, Surrey - There is a treat waiting for any pianist being hired to play here as Denbies have a lovely Yamaha grand piano in the Garden Room. This is a venue that I play at quite frequently and I'm always treated really well by the staff.

Branksome Place, Hindhead Road, Haslemere - A very popular venue for weddings and other types of evnets.

Farnham Castle Conference Centre, Farnham, Surrey GU9 0AG - They have a piano in one room and I did play it on one occasion. It is a big venue with many rooms and a pianist would probably need their own digital piano if they played there.

St Georges Church, Esher Park Avenue, Esher, Surrey - This is Esher's oldest building and is used for weddings and other events. There is a grand piano which was in good condition on the last occasion I played there. St. Georges is a lovely Tudor building and is used as an arts centre and meeting venue.

Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam, Sutton- A lovely historic venue with beautiful grounds. It is very popular for weddings and other kinds of events. It is also used for recitals and outdoor concerts.

Russets Country House, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold - This is a lovely venue and they have a nice Daneman Grand piano on site. The instrument is ideally situated for both wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions.

Loseley Park, Compton, Nr Guildford, Surrey - There is a grand piano in the main house which is used for wedding ceremonies. The Tith Barn is is situated just a short walk away from the main house and is usually used for drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts. The Tihe barn does not have a piano so you would need a digital one or hire a piano if you are wisshing to book a pianist.

Sandhurst Military Academy, Sandhurst, Camberley - A spectacular venue, but I don't think that it can be hired by just anyone. I think that you would have to be a serving officer to use it's facilities.

Stanhill Court Hotel, Stanhill Road, Charlwood, Horley - I have played for quite a few weddings here and I have enjoyed every one of them.

 

Available as a jazz pianist/wedding pianist in Surrey, Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton or Kingston on Thames.

Other Surrey towns where I perform as a pianist: Redhill, Reigate, Horley, Crawley, Dorking, Leatherhead, Woking

Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Bristol and Avon, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Birmingham, Manchester, Dorset, Yorkshire, South Wales, Essex, Yorkshire, Somerset, Devon

 

 

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