Also available in Portsmouth, Winchester, Basingstoke, Newport, or any other area Hampshire.
Performing as a Pianist in Hampshire
My name is Eugene Portman and my work as a pianist in Hampshire is growing. The area has a large number of venues and many of these have used my services at one time or another. These venues are very popular for all sorts of events, Particularly weddings. Further to this, the area has definitely a hotspot for couples wishing to marry away from the hurly-burly of London life. These weddings in for the backbone of my work as a pianist in Hampshire. However, I also play for other events including birthday parties, christenings, Christmas parties, anniversaries, and corporate events.
There is definitely an established jazz scene in Hampshire and as a pianist, my style definitely leans towards this genre of music. In fact, I love playing all the old jazz standards as performed by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Tony Bennet. Moreover, my style of piano playing has developed by listening to the great jazz pianists of the past. These include Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, and George Shearing.
Most of the work I do in Hampshire is as pianist for weddings and to do this well I have to be versatile. This is because providing music for weddings often involves playing many styles of music. Furthermore, it sometimes requires me to play a different style for each part of the wedding day. Luckily I play many styles and I can provide music for every part of your wedding day ranging from Beethoven and Debussy to Fats Domino and Coldplay.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Hampshire
Over the last few years, there has been a surge of interest in hiring me as a singalong pianist around the Hampshire area. Cockney themed events are becoming increasingly popular and a good old fashioned singalong always goes down really well. Surprisingly, this sort of thing is even popular for weddings and quite formal functions. Song sheets can be provided, so that all you have to do is to provide some good hearty voices.
A lot of my work is as a soloist, but I can provide many other line-ups. These range from duos (piano and bass or piano and vocals) right up to a five-piece jazz band. I’ve already mentioned that most of my work in Hampshire is playing the piano as a soloist, but the next most popular line-up is piano and bass. This line-up is very flexible and provides a fuller sound than a solo pianist.
If you are considering having a larger line-up than just a soloist please contact me. I can provide one that will match both your budget and available space at the venue.
Whether you book me as a soloist or the full jazz band – you will find that I try and make the music have a feel-good quality and consists of songs we all know. Further to this, I hope that my music sits comfortably in any wedding or party and will add sparkle without drowning conversation.
Here are some of Hampshire’s lovely venues that have used my services as a pianist:
Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Road, Southampton – A pianists paradise. This is a great building and has really nice piano that is dying to be played.
The Elvetham, Hartley Whitney, Hampshire – The Elvetham is a lovely place to hold a wedding or party and I play there often
Haseley Manor, Arreton, Isle of Wight – A lovely historical building that has become well established for weddings.
Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester – A great rural venue with a nice piano in the main building.
Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle – A magnificent venue
Bartley Lodge Hotel, Old Lyndhurst Road Cadnam, Southampton, Hampshire – A superb hotel in the heart of the New Forest.
Rhinefield House Hotel. Rhinefield Road. Brockenhurst. Hampshire
I can also be hired as a pianist in all the following areas of Hampshire:
- Andover Down
- Bishop’s Sutton
- Bishop’s Waltham
- Chandler’s Ford
- Fair Oak
- Hartley Wintney
- Hedge End
- Locks Heath
- Middle Wallop
- Milford on Sea
- New Alresford
- New Milton
- North Baddesley
- South Hayling
- St. Mary Bourne
- Waltham Chase
- West Town