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Performing as a Wedding Pianist in Essex
My name is Eugene Portman and I always look forward to my frequent visits to Essex as a wedding pianist. In fact, hardly a week goes past when I don’t perform in one of the county’s wonderful venues. A lot of the venues I visit are around the Chelmsford and Braintree areas, but I perform for events all over Essex and East Anglia.
Most of my work in the area consists of playing the piano for weddings, but I also provide music for many other kinds of events such as private parties and corporate events.
Most of my work in the Essex area consists of being a pianist for weddings. When it comes to this type of work versatility is the key. In order to provide music for the various parts of the wedding day, I have to be able to play many different genres. For instance, many couples like to have classical for the ceremony followed by up-tempo jazz for the drinks reception. This can be followed by easy listening music, consisting mostly of ballads, for the wedding breakfast. Fortunately, my repertoire covers many styles including rock, pop, jazz, blues, Latin, classical, and even sing-along.
The classical work I do has grown and from just playing a few pieces for a wedding ceremony, to performing for an entire evening of classical music. My classical repertoire covers a wide range of music from Bach and Schumann to Debussy and Einaudi.
Performing as a Sing-along Pianist in Essex
A recent trend has led to me being booked as a sing-along pianist in the Essex area for private parties and other events. This trend started in the London and Essex areas before spreading to other Home Counties and beyond. At first, I was a little unsure about doing this sort of thing, but I am now really enjoying it. When I take on the role of a Cockney style pianist, I dress to fit the occasion. This includes a Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, pocket watch, red neckerchief, etc. Please see the sing-a-long page or www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk for more information about this.
Here are some of the venues in Essex that have used my services as a pianist:
- Crabbs Barn – Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex
- Fennes Estate – Bocking, Braintree
- Hylands House – Chelmsford, Essex. This is probably one of the most popular venues in Essex and I play the piano here for many weddings. There is a lovely grand piano in one of the rooms and I’ve had the opportunity to play it many times.
- Hedingham Castle – Halstead
- Spains Hall – The Stables, Finchingfield
- White Hart (The) – Poole St, Great Yeldham, Halstead
- Leez Priory – Chelmsford
I work all over Essex as a wedding pianist. Here are some of the places I cover:
- Buckhurst Hill
- Canvey Island
- Chipping Ongar
- Crays Hill
- Earls Colne
- Great Dunmow
- Kelvedon Hatch
- Marks Tey
- North Weald Bassett
- Pilgrims Hatch
- Saffron Walden
- Sible Hedingham
- South Benfleet
- South Woodham Ferrers
- Stanford Le Hope
- Stansted Mountfitchet
- Thorpe le Soken
- Waltham Abbey
- West Mersea
- White Roding
- Woodford Green