Also Covering Chippenham, Trowbridge, Warminster, and Devizes.
Performing as a Pianist in Wiltshire
My name is Eugene Portman and Wiltshire provides me with a steady stream of work as a pianist throughout the year. This is because there are so many wonderful venues that are ideal for all types of events. I have to say, most of the events I do are weddings, but I also do parties and corporate events.
Wiltshire is a wonderful county and I have played the piano in many of the area’s beautiful venues. One of the venues that comes to mind is the Rose and Crown, Harnham which is just outside Salisbury. I’ve probably played the piano at this venue more than any other in the Wiltshire area. However, two others that come to mind are the Bear Hotel in Devizes and the Rectory Hotel in Crudwell. These two wonderful venues have given me quite a few weddings and other events over the years.
I specialise in jazz and Wiltshire gives me plenty of work as a pianist playing this style of music. I often find that jazz and swing is in demand for wedding receptions and corporate events. My style of piano playing has developed through listening to great keyboard giants of the past. These include such great pianists as Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, and George Shearing.
Every year I am booked for more and more weddings in the Wiltshire area. This means that I need to have a varied repertoire in order to play for the different parts of the day. Apart from playing jazz and swing, I am also able to play many other genres of music. These include pop, Latin, rock, blues, classical, and sing-along.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Wiltshire
Recently I have had to respond to an increasing demand in Wiltshire for sing-along pianists. Cockney themed events seem to be the in thing and I can provide all the song sheets and the piano. This means that all you have to do is provide some hearty voices. For these Cockney style events I arrive suitably dressed in Cockney attire. Just to clarify, this includes bowler hat, red neckerchief, grandad shirt, waistcoat, pocket watch etc.
I perform throughout Wiltshire both as a solo pianist and an ensemble player. I can provide any line-up ranging from just myself as a soloist right up to a five-piece jazz band. The full band consists of 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. I hope that this quality makes the music sit comfortably in any social situation. Furthermore, I hope the music adds colour to your event without drowning conversation.
Here are some of the many venues in Wiltshire that have used my services as a pianist:
Kiwi Barracks Bulford Camp, Salisbury SP4 9HZ
Cleve House, Seend, Melksham. SN12 6PG
Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel (The), Harnham Rd, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8JQ
The Rectory Hotel, Crudwell, Malmesbury SN16 9EP
Trafalgar Park, Barford Lane, Standlynch, Nr Salisbury. SP5 3QR
The Bear Hotel, 2-3 The Market Place Devizes SN10 1HS
Bishopstrow House, Warminster BA12 9HH
I perform all over Wiltshire as a pianist. Here are some of the towns, villages and cities I cover:
- Wootton Bassett
- Market Lavington