Kent Pianist for any party, wedding or event
Available in Bromley, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Greenwich or any other area.
Kent is a very popular destination for couples who would like to get married away from the hurly-burly of London city life. Eugene is frequently invited to perform as a pianist for weddings in Kent and surrounding areas. Popular towns and cities where he has played include: Maidstone, Canterbury, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover and Greenwich. He has played the piano at many of Kent’s wonderful venues such as Kent National Golf and Country Club, Archbishops Palace, St. Augustine’s Priory, Combe Bank School, West Heath School and Sandwich Guildhall.
Eugene Portman is principally a jazz pianist and plays all the great jazz standards and songs made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire. His style has been honed by listening to the great pianists of the past such as Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing and Monty Alexander.
When he plays for weddings he has to be adept at performing from many genres of music which he can provide for every part of your wedding day including the ceremony, and can play a range from the works of Bach and Chopin to Coldplay and Gary Barlow.
Recently Eugene decided to start performing for Cockney style singalongs and this has become increasingly popular for events including weddings in the South East. The Walnut Tree in Yalding is one of the venues that has used his services. Please visit the sing-along page for more information.
Solo Pianist, Duo and Jazz Band
Performances can range from a solo pianist and a mixture of line-ups ranging from the duo format with vocals or bass right up to a five piece jazz band (piano, bass, drums, vocals and sax). He can help you find a line-up that will fit both your budget and available space at your chosen venue.
Whether you book him as a solo jazz performer or the full jazz band – you will find that the music has a feel good quality. This quality makes the music sit comfortably in any situation. The music will add sparkle to your event without drowning conversation.
Here are some of the places where he has performed as a pianist:
Kent National Golf and Country Club, Watermans Lane, Brenchley – There’s no piano at this venue, so pianists must take their own instrument.
Archbishops Palace, Mill Street, Maidstone – Piano on site which is always reasonably in tune. Eugene has played for quite a number of ceremonies at this historic venue.
St. Augustine’s Priory, Priory Road, Bilsington, near Ashford – Piano in main house, but a digital one is needed in the priory itself. This is lovely and unusual set in the beautiful Kent countryside.
Combe Bank School, Sundridge, Kent – A lovely venue where he has frequently played. They have three pianos which can be used for weddings and other events..
West Heath School, Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks – This venue does have a grand piano, but a digital one is sometimes needed if music is required in other parts of the venue. Eugene has played here for quite a lot of weddings over the years.
Sandwich Guildhall, Sandwich – A great historical venue which is available for weddings and other events.
Here are some of the towns where he has performed:
Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Crayford, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Edenbridge, Erith, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Hythe, Lydd, Maidstone, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Southborough, Strood, Swanley, Tenterden, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Westerham, Whitstable