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
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 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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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
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
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.