Performing as a Pianist in Yorkshire
My name is Eugene Portman and I always look forward to working as a pianist in North Yorkshire. This area of the country has an amazing variety of venues for those planning a wedding or event in the area. North Yorkshire is quite sparsely populated and has some beautiful countryside. This means that most of the venues are set in rural locations and are often off the beaten track. I have visited many of these venues in North Yorkshire and most of my visits have been as a pianist for weddings.
As already mentioned, I play the piano for a lot of weddings in North Yorkshire and this requires versatility. To explain, I have to be able to perform many styles of music so that I can provide music for the various parts of the wedding day. For instance, classical music is gererally preferred for ceremonies, while jazz seems to be the in-thing for drinks receptions. Also, music during a wedding breakfast usually has a different quality to the music you would have for an evening reception. In order to cope with the many parts of the day, I play many styles of music including Latin, pop, rock, classical, blues, and sing-along.
I love jazz and quite a bit of my work as a pianist in Yorkshire is performing this style of music. My jazz pianos style was formed by studying the great jazz pianists of the past. These musicians include Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and Erroll Garner.
My aim is to make my music entertaining so that it adds colour to your event without drowning conversation. I also play tunes that people know and can relate to.
Different Instrumental Line-ups
Most of the time my work in Yorkshire is a solo pianist, but I do provide other line-ups. These line-ups can be anything form duos and trios right up to a five-piece jazz band. Here is a full list of the line-ups I provide:
a) Duo – piano and vocals or piano and bass
b) Trio – piano, bass and vocals or piano, bass and drums
c) Quartet – piano, bass, drums and vocals or piano, bass, drums and sax
d) Five Piece Jazz Band – piano, bass, drums, sax and vocals
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help choosing a line-up for your event.
Singalong Pianist in Yorkshire
I’ve recently had an influx of enquiries coming from Yorkshire for me as a sing-along pianist. This has become something I really enjoy. This sort of thing really suits informal parties and events. However, on occasions, even weddings sometimes feature a singalong during the day’s proceedings. When I do a sing-along event I dress as a typical Cockney pianist. This consists of a Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, neckerchief, pocket watch, etc.
Here are some of the venues in North Yorkshire where I’ve performed as a pianist:
Rudding Park, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1JH
Sun Pavillion, Cornwall Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2PQ
Hazlewood Castle, Hazlewood, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9NJ
Officer’s Mess, Alma Barracks, Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Ripley Castle (East Wing), Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG1 3NA
I perform as a pianist all over North Yorkshire. Here are some of the villages, towns and cities I cover:
Robin Hood’s Bay