Also covering Basildon, Romford, Colchester, Harlow, Brentwood, and West Ham.
Performing as a Pianist in Essex
My name is Eugene Portman and the bulk of my work as a pianist comes from the Essex area. Musicians in the area have a wonderful variety of venues to work in and work is plentiful. Furthermore, there are always people planning on getting married in the county. I play the piano for a lot of these weddings in Essex, but I also do corporate events, private parties, and store openings.
Because Essex has so many venues, there seems to be barely enough musicians to go around the huge number of events. I work more in Essex than any other county in the UK.
Different Instrumental Line-ups
I mostly perform in Essex as a solo pianist, but I can provide a variety of line-ups right up to a five-piece. The five-piece jazz band consists of piano, bass, drums, sax, and vocals. This range of line-ups makes it very easy to find something that will match both your available budget and space. I try and make sure that the music will enhance your event whether you book me as a soloist or whether you go for a larger line-up.
Essex provides me with a constant supply of work as a wedding pianist and this means that I have to be versatile. I specialise in jazz piano, but when I play for weddings, I am frequently called upon to perform other genres. These other genres include classical music, rock, pop, Latin, blues, and even sing-along (please see sing-along page). Being fluent in many genres means that I can provide music for all the different parts of your wedding day or event. Couples often like to have some Bach, Chopin or Debussy for the ceremony followed by jazz or something lighter for the rest of the day.
My main aim is to make my music entertaining give it a feel-good quality. I hope that this quality makes the music sit comfortably in any situation. Adding sparkle to your event without drowning conversation.
Although I play music of many different styles, it is jazz and swing that is my specialty. Throughout the year Essex provides me with a large number of events as a jazz pianist and this is something I really enjoy. My jazz piano style has been honed by listening to the great jazz piano players of the past such as Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and Monty Alexander.
Singalong Pianist in Essex
A recent trend has been to book me as a sing-along pianist and Essex seems to be the county that has had the most demand for this. Sing-alongs are great for all kinds of events, even formal ones such as weddings and black-tie dinners. Song sheets can be provided so that all you have to do is provide some good hearty voices. If it is a London themed event I can dress in Cockney attire with a Bowler hat, grandad shirt, waistcoat, red neckerchief, double Albert watch chain, etc.
Here are some of the venues in Essex where I’ve performed as a pianist:
- Essex County Hotel, Aviation Way, , Essex SS2 6UN
- Blake Hall Ongar CM5 0DG
- Fennes Estate, Bocking, Braintree CM7 5PL
- Gosfield Hall, Gosfield CO9 1SF
- Greenwoods Hotel, Stock Road, Stock CM4 9BE
- Hedingham Castle. Bayley Street Castle Hedingham. Halstead CO9 3DJ
- Leez Priory, Hartford End, Great Leighs, Chelmsford CM3 1JP
- Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
- Prested Hall, Prested Hall Chase, Feering, Colchester CO5 9EE
- Stock Brook Country Club, Queen’s Park Avenue, Stock, Nr Billericay CM12 OSP
- Trinity Park, Bucklesham Rd, Ipswich IP3 8UH
I travel all over Essex as a pianist. Here are some of the towns, villages and cities I cover.
Chelmsford, Southend on Sea, Clacton on Sea, Colchester, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Basildon, Halstead, Romford, Burnham on Crouch, Coggeshall, Epping, Grays, Hadleigh, Walton on the Naze, Harlow, Ilford, Maldon, Waltham Abbey, Manningtree, Rayleigh, Rochford, Wickford, Harwich, Witham, Saffron Walden, Brightlingsea, Loughton, South Woodham Ferrers, Thaxted and Tilbury