Performing as a Pianist in Cumbria
My name is Eugene Portman and my work as a pianist in Cumbria is definitely on the rise. This is a beautiful part of the country and has many wonderful venues. Because of this, the area is very popular with couples wanting to have their wedding in a rural setting.
I have played the piano in many of the county’s great venues and I look forward to doing much more in the future.
For a long time, nearly all my work in the Cumbria region was as a jazz pianist. This has changed over the last few years, as I have been booked for so many weddings. Just for your information, weddings demand that I have to be versatile in what I play. In order to provide music for weddings, I have to be able to play different genres of music for the various parts of the wedding day. For instance, classical music is a popular choice for the ceremony, while jazz seems to be the in-thing for drinks receptions. over the years I have learned to play many styles of music including pop, rock, Latin, classical, and singalong.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Cumbria
There has been a recent trend to book me as a sing-along pianist, especially in the Cumbria region. This sort of thing goes down really well at informal parties and events. However, I have noticed that more and more weddings are featuring a singalong as part of the proceedings.
When I do a singalong evening I provide all the song sheets and dress in typical Cockney pianist attire. This consists of Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, neckerchief, pocket watch, etc.
Cumbria gives me a lot of work as a solo pianist, but I can provide larger line-ups. These range from 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
Whether you book me as a solo jazz pianist or the full jazz band, you will find that I try and make the music have a feel-good quality. This quality makes the music sit comfortably in any situation, adding sparkle to your event without drowning conversation.
I work all over Cumbria as a pianist. Here are just a few of the towns and cities I cover:
- Cleator Moor
- Eamont Bridge
- Kirkby Lonsdale
- Kirkby Stephen
- Low Crosby
- Newby Bridge
- St. Bees