Performing as a Pianist in Shropshire
My name is Eugene Portman and I’m continually hired as a pianist for many weddings and events in the Shropshire area. It is a beautiful county and has many lovely venues. These range from castles, such as the one in Shrewsbury, to golf clubs and luxury hotels such as Hadley Park House in Telford. This wide choice of venues is important for anyone wishing to arrange an event or party in the area.
Shropshire has a growing jazz scene and I often work as a pianist in this genre. Jazz has always been my first love, especially the older forms of this wonderful style of music. To clarify, I enjoy the music made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and other great singers of the past. My style of jazz piano playing has developed through listening to the great jazz pianists of the past. These pianists include Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, George Shearing, Teddy Wilson and other keyboard greats.
Most of the time I am booked in the Shropshire area to play the piano for weddings. This means that I have to be very versatile so that I can provide music that is suitable for every part of the day. Besides jazz, my repertoire includes pop, rock, Latin, classical, ragtime, blues, and even sing-along.
Working as a Singalong Pianist in Shropshire
In Shropshire there has been a recent trend to book me as a sing-along pianist for many informal events. This sort of thing started around London and the Home Counties area. However, it gradually spread as far as Shropshire and beyond. Furthermore, a sing-along is not only for informal events, but is often made to be a feature of formal events such as weddings.
If you book me as a sing-along pianist I will provide all the song sheets. As well as this, I will also arrive in authentic Cockney dress including Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, Albert chain, and pocket watch, red neckerchief, etc.
Most of my work in Shropshire has been as a solo pianist. However, I can provide a duo, trio, quartet, or a five-piece jazz band consisting of piano, bass, drums, vocals, and sax. I always use musicians of the highest calibre, so that you can rest assured that the music will be perfect for your event.
My aim is to try and make sure that the music has a feel-good quality, whether you book me as a soloist or the full jazz band. I hope that this quality makes the music sit comfortably in any situation. Moreover, I want to add colour to your event without drowning conversation.
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Here are some of the many venues that have used my services as a pianist:
Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf & Spa, Tarporley Road, Whitchurch SY13 4JH
Oakley Hall, Mucklestone, Market Drayton TF9 4AG
Prince Rupert Hotel, Butcher Row, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1UQ
Bringewood (The), Burrington, Ludlow SY8 2HT
Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton TF9 2NA
Holiday Inn, Telford/Ironbridge, St Quentin Gate TF3 4EH
I perform a lot as a pianist in Shropshire. Here are just a few of the towns, cities and villages I cover:
- Market Drayton
- Bayston Hill
- Church Stretton
- Saint Martin’s
- Cleobury Mortimer
- Craven Arms
- Much Wenlock
- Bishop’s Castle