Sussex and Me as a Wedding Pianist
My name is Eugene Portman and West Sussex seems to provide me with a lot of work as a wedding pianist. I suppose that this is not surprising, after all, the area is definitely a hotspot for weddings. I am lucky in that I live in the area, so I can tap into this source of work.
West Sussex has an incredible number of beautiful wedding venues and I have played the piano in many of them. For example, Edes House in Chichester, East Court Mansion in East Grinstead, Alias Seattle at Brighton Marina and the Langshott Manor near Gatwick.
Most of my work throughout West Sussex is as a wedding pianist and because of this I have to be able to play many genres. Being versatile means that I can provide music for every part of your big day. For instance, I’m often asked to play Bach and Debussy for the ceremony followed by jazz and swing for the ceremony. I’m also often asked for mellow rock and pop ballads during the wedding breakfast. The styles I cover include classical, ragtime, blues, Latin, jazz, swing, and even sing-along. The broad range I play ranges from Schubert and Einaudi to Coldplay and Oasis.
My Work as a Sing-along Pianist in Sussex
Recently there has been a growing trend to hire me as a sing-along pianist I the West Sussex area. At first, this started in London and Sussex areas, but then it spread to the Home Counties and beyond. Most of the bookings are for Cockney themed events, but sometimes a sing-song goes down really well at quite formal functions. Moreover, I have even had couples hire me to do a sing-along as part of their big day. Just to explain, I bring all the song sheets and I usually dress in true Cockney attire. This includes waistcoat, bowler, hat, red neckerchief, grandad shirt, pocket watch, etc.
West Sussex has always given me plenty of events as a solo pianist for weddings, but I can also provide larger line-ups. Furthermore, these larger line-ups can be anything from a duo right up to a five-piece jazz band. Here is a list of all the line-ups I offer:
- 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 should you have an queries or need any information from me. If you would like a quote for your event then please fill in the form HERE. Alternatively email me at email@example.com.
I perform as a pianist all over West Sussex. Here are the towns, cities and villages I cover:
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- Haywards Heath
- East Grinstead
- Upper Beeding
- East Wittering
- Partridge Green
The county is divided into West and East. The main towns in the east part of the county are:
- Forest Row
- Pevensey Bay