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Performing as a Wedding Pianist in Birmingham

My name is Eugene Portman and my work as a wedding pianist often takes me to Birmingham and the West Midlands area. In fact, the area has many venues that are very popular for weddings and I have provided music for many of them. The logistics of getting around Birmingham can be daunting. Also, parking isn’t that easy, but I always arrive nice and early so that I have plenty of time to sort out any of these minor obstacles.

I’ve mentioned weddings, but I also play the piano in the Birmingham area for many other types of events. These events include parties, Peaky Blinders evenings, and many corporate events.

The Music

In order to be successful as a wedding pianist, whether it’s in Birmingham or anywhere else in the UK, I have to be versatile. Being able to play many styles of music is absolutely essential so that I can provide music for every part of the wedding day. I am often expected to play different styles of music for each part of the day. For instance, classical music is very popular for ceremonies, while jazz is often requested for the drinks reception.

Luckily, I perform many styles of music including blues, pop, rock, classical, jazz, and sing-along.

Being a Sing-along Pianist in Birmingham

There has been a recent trend in Birmingham to book me as a sing-along pianist and occasionally this has been for weddings. However, this isn’t usually the case as sing-along music is more often a feature of informal parties and pub evenings. Examples of events that use this sort of music include Peaky Blinders evenings and Wartime celebrations. When I perform for a sing-along event I bring all the song sheets and dress as a typical old fashioned pianist would. This includes a Bowler hat, waistcoat, pocket watch, grandad shirt, etc.

Please see the sing-a-long page for more information. Alternatively, visit www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk and find out where you can hear me play the piano live.

The Line-ups

The bulk of my work in Birmingham is as a solo wedding pianist, but I can provide much more than this. I am frequently called upon to provide larger line-ups. These line-ups range from duos and trios right up to a five-piece jazz band. The full range of line-ups I offer are as follows:

  • Duo – piano and vocals or piano and bass
  • Trio – piano, bass and vocals or piano, bass and drums
  • Quartet – piano, bass, drums and vocals or piano, bass, drums and sax
  • Five Piece Jazz Band – piano, bass, drums, sax and vocals

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help with choosing a line-up for your event.

The Grand Piano Shell

Very few venues in and around Birmingham have a piano and any pianist performing in the area would usually use a digital piano. To be honest, I love digital pianos as they are always in tune, sound great and they can be set up anywhere. However, there is a problem in that some people like the appearance of a real piano. I have the answer to this with my baby grand piano shell. To explain, it is a shell in the shape of a baby grand piano that houses a digital piano. The result looks superb and makes a focal point at any event.

Baby Grand Piano Shell - Pianist Birmingham
Baby Grand Piano Shell

Here are some of the venues in Birmingham that have used my services as a wedding pianist:

  • Gala Casino Birmingham, 84 Hill Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4AH
  • Ikon Gallery (The), 1 Oozells Square, Blindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2HS
  • Singers Hill Synagogue, Ellis Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 1HL
  • The Hyatt Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ
  • Windmill Village Hotel & Golf Club,, Birmingham Road,, Allesley,, Coventry, West Midlands CV5 9AL
  • The Jasper Carrott Suite, Birmingham City Football Club, St. Andrews Stadium, Birmingham , West Midlands B9 4 RL
  • The Jasper Carrott Suite, Birmingham City Football Club, St. Andrews Stadium, Birmingham , West Midlands B9 4 RL
  • Hopwood House, Hopwood, Birmingham, West Midlands B48 7AB

I perform as a wedding pianist all over Birmingham and the West Midlands. Here are some of the villages, towns and cities I cover:

  • Albrighton
  • Aldridge
  • Amblecote
  • Aston
  • Balsall Common
  • Berkswell
  • Bilston
  • Birmingham
  • Blackheath
  • Bloxwich
  • Brierley Hill
  • Cotteridge
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • Edgbaston
  • Halesowen
  • Heath Town
  • Hockley Heath
  • Kingswinford
  • Lye
  • Oldbury
  • Rowley Regis
  • Smethwick
  • Solihull
  • Stourbridge
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Tipton
  • Walsall
  • Warley
  • Wednesbury
  • Wednesfield
  • West Bromwich
  • Willenhall
  • Wolverhampton