My Work as a Pianist in Yorkshire
My name is Eugene Portman and Yorkshire is a popular place of work for me as a pianist. Weddings seem to be my main source of work, especially around Harrogate, York, Whitby, Middlesbrough, and Scarborough. Although I play the piano mainly for weddings, I also provide music for private parties, product launches and for corporate entertainment.
I was born in Yorkshire and I always look forward to coming back to perform as a pianist. Apart from the towns and cities, I have also played in a lot of remote rural places that are well off the beaten track.
The County’s Many Venues
The range of venues in Yorkshire is quite extensive and I’ve performed as a pianist in many of them. These include beautiful castles, historic buildings, golf clubs, and luxurious hotels. This choice is probably the prime reason that there are so many weddings and other events in the district. Here is just a small selection that I have performed in:
- Ripley Castle (East Wing), Rudding Park, Follifoot, Harrogate
- Orangery (The) at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington
- Sun Pavillion, Cornwall Road, Harrogate
- Officer’s Mess, Alma Barracks, Catterick Garrison
- Hazlewood Castle, Hazlewood, Tadcaster
- Cruck Barn, Craven Arms, Appletreewick, Skipton
The Music I Play
Because of my involvement as with so many weddings, I have to be fluent in all styles of music. This allows me to play for any part of your big day. The diverse range of styles include: pop, Latin, rock, classical and even sing-along.
My speciality is definitely jazz and swing, and even from an early age I had a fascination for this style of music. My main influences have been pianists such as George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Teddy Wilson and Oscar Peterson.
As I was originally trained as a classical musician, I’m usually asked to play Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and other classical pieces for ceremonies. This usually only calls for short pieces to be played, however, I do have quite an extensive repertoire and I have played one or two hours of this genre for other types of social gatherings.
The Trend for Sing-along Pianists in Yorkshire
More recently the trend has been to book me as a sing-along pianist, especially in Yorkshire. I’ve got to say that it is something that I’ve grown to enjoy and I always look forward to leading a good old sing-along. This trend for sing-along pianists definitely started in South East England, but it has now spread to as far as Yorkshire.
Sing-alongs go down really well even with quite formal events and I sometimes have to provide song sheets for weddings. When I am booked for a sing-along event, I dress accordingly with Bowler hat, waistcoat, red neckerchief, grandad shirt, double Albert watch chain, etc.
I can supply all the song sheets for these events, so that you have nothing to do except provide some hearty voices. You can find out more on the sing-along page. Alternatively you can visit my other website on www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk.
Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have – whatever the style.