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Performing as a Wedding Pianist in Dorset

My name is Eugene Portman and I always look forward to the opportunity to be hired as a wedding pianist in Dorset. This is because it is a very beautiful county and there are many wonderful venues in the area. These venues attract quite a lot of couples who are thinking of getting married in a more rural setting. These weddings provide me with a lot of work, but I do play the piano for other types of events in the area.

The Music

As I’ve already mentioned, a lot of my work in Dorset is as a wedding pianist and this demands versatility. To explain, very often different styles of music are required for the various parts of the day. For instance, classical music seems to be the number one choice for ceremonies, while jazz is very popular for drinks receptions. Fortunately, I do play a lot of different styles of music for example pop, Latin, rock, classical, jazz, blues and even sing-along.

Working as a Sing-along Pianist in Dorset

A recent trend in Dorset has brought me a lot of work as a sing-along pianist. This has been a very recent thing and the events that need this sort of music tend to be informal ones, but not always. Occasionally, I’m asked to provide sing-along music as a feature of some weddings. When I perform at sing-along events I provide all the song sheets and dress as a typical Cockney pianist. This includes Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, neckerchief, pocket watch, etc.

Please see the sing-a-long page or visit www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk for more information about this.

The Line-ups

Dorset tends to give me work as a solo pianist for weddings, but I can offer much more than this. In addition to this, I can offer line-ups ranging from duos and trios right up to a five-piece jazz band. The full band consists of piano, bass, drums, vocals, and sax. Here is a full list of the line-ups available:

  • 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
Lulworth Castle, Dorset - Pianist Dorset
Lulworth Castle, Dorset

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

  • Royal Bath Hotel (The), Bath Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2EW
  • Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Dorset
  • Lulworth Castle, Lulworth, Dorset
  • The Boat That Rocks Bar & Restaurant, Portland Marina, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset
  • Chantmarle Manor, Frome St Quintin, Dorset DT2 0HD
  • East Close Hotel, Lyndhurst Rd Hinton, Christchurch, Dorset
  • The Lord Bute, 181-185 Lymington Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4JS
  • Captains Club Hotel, Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1HU
  • Old Ox Inn, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0SF
  • Chetnole Inn (The), Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6NU

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  • Weymouth
  • Ferndown
  • Dorchester
  • Wimbourne Minster
  • Bridport
  • Verwood
  • Swanage
  • Blandford Forum
  • Sherborne
  • Gillingham
  • Easton-Weston
  • Shaftesbury
  • Saint Leonards
  • Overcombe
  • Preston
  • Lyme Regis
  • Fortuneswell
  • Lytchett Matravers
  • Chickerell
  • Alderholt
  • Beaminster
  • Wareham
  • Sturminster Newton
  • Stalbridge
  • Wool
  • Bovington Camp
  • Three Legged Cross