Available in Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Buckingham, High Wycombe or any other area of Buckinghamshire
Performing as a Pianist in Buckinghamshire
My name is Eugene Portman and my work as a pianist in the Buckinghamshire area is growing all the time. This work consists mostly of playing the piano for weddings, but I also do many other types of events.
I suppose the main reason that there are so many events in the area is that there are so many quality venues in the county. These venues range from country pubs to large luxury hotels and they host a large number of weddings and events throughout the year.
The biggest part of my work in Buckinghamshire is as a jazz pianist and this has been for all types of events. I specialise in the great jazz standards and songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fred Astaire. The jazz I play is reminiscent of an older style that people can relate to, rather than the more avant-garde forms of jazz.
My piano style has been honed by listening to the great musicians of the past. These wonderful musicians include pianists such as Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and Monty Alexander.
Most of my work in Buckinghamshire is for weddings and I am often the pianist for the ceremony, the reception and the wedding breakfast. Because of this I have to be equally adept at many other styles of music. Couples often choose to have different styles of music for the various parts of the day. For instance classical music is a popular choice for ceremonies, where as jazz seems to be the in-thing for drinks receptions. The styles I play include Latin, pop, rock, blues, classical and even singalong.
Performing in Buckinghamshire as a Sing-along Pianist
In the Buckinghamshire area there has been a recent trend to hire me as a Cockney singalong pianist. This is something I really enjoy. For this type of event I usually dress in typical Cockney attire including grandad shirt, waistcoat, bowler hat, red neckerchief, double Albert watch chain, etc. I also bring song sheets so that all you have to do is provide some good hearty voices.
Different instrumental Line-ups
Most of my work in Buckinghamshire is for solo piano and I do enjoy performig as a solo pianist. However, other line-ups from just a duo up to a five-piece jazz band can be provided. I use some of the finest jazz musicians in the country and I hope this is reflected in the quality of the music. Please contact me for help with the best type of line up for your event.
Whether you book me as a soloist or the full jazz band – you will find that I try and give the music a feel-good quality. I hope that this quality makes it sit comfortably in any social situation. In addition I hope that it will add colour to your event without drowning conversation.
Here are some of the many venues in Buckinghamshire and the Home Counties that have used my services as a pianist:
- The Inn at Woburn, George Street, Woburn, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 9PX
- Bisham Abbey, Marlow SL7 1RT
- Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Henley Rd, Marlow-On-Thames SL7 2EY
- Ambers, The Millstream, 47/49 London Road West, Old Amersham HP7 9DA
- Flackwell Heath Golf Club, Treadaway Rd, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe HP10 9PE
- Chicheley Hall, Chicheley Rd, Chicheley MK16 9JJ
- Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges SL2 4PG
I travel all over Buckinghamshire as a pianist. Here are just some of the towns I’ve covered:
- High Wycombe
- Chalfont Saint Peter
- Gerrards Cross
- Princes Risborough
- Iver Heath
- Great Missenden
- Farnham Royal
- Chalfont Saint Giles
- Stoke Poges
- Aston Clinton
- Long Crendon
- Weston Turville
- Steeple Claydon
- Newton Longville
So, if you need a pianist anywhere in Buckinghamshire, give me a call.