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Visiting us – 24th June 2019 – Kevin Grunill
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Kevin was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1972. From an early age he showed an interest in music, at twelve he learned to play the electronic organ progressing at sixteen to the theatre organ for which he developed a different playing style to that of his electronic organ. Kevin took to performing concerts throughout the country featuring both electronic and theatre organs and is a musician just as at home playing modern electronic instruments as traditional pipe organ and piano. Kevin continued his musical education and studied at a performing arts college before Leeds University in 1994 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in music. Kevin has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare and the Opera House, the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool and Granada Television Studios Manchester. He has also performed at numerous organ societies and private residences both here and abroad.
Visiting us – 25th March 2019 – Ian House
Ian House is a popular musician. His performances have taken him across Europe. Within in a comparatively short time he has built a reputation for creativity and technical knowhow. Ian works closely with the Yamaha Corporation Japan and Yamaha Music Europe.
Ian was born and raised in Bristol, a member of a very musical family and tradition. Ian’s encouragement in music began age seven. His original study choice was keyboard and he later developed this onto the organ. Ian worked through his grades ultimately achieving a Diploma from the London College of Music and Media.
At 13 Ian was introduced to the theatre organ during a visit to the Thursford collection in Norfolk. This fostered an interest in studying the instrument further, consequentially he went on to win the Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition in 2003. Ian now works as both a consultant and a National Piano and Keyboard specialist for Yamaha Music Europe and Yamaha Corporation Japan
Visiting us Sept 24th 2018 – David Thomas
Almost a local boy, David was born in Hornchurch in 1963. He began his interest in music at Secondary School where he took up the Trombone, until then he had been limited to the Descant Recorder whilst attending Primary School. The Trombone led him into the School Orchestras, a Dance Band and later the local Youth Orchestra. In the late 70’s he discovered an old “Trench”, fold-away Harmonium tucked away in his Grandparent’s house and after this sparked an interest he decided he would like to try his hand at something a little more up to date. The years have passed and David’s keyboard abilities developed. He has appeared along with many of Britain’s Top Organists and at many prestigious venues, played on Radio, and been the subject of Personality Profiles in Home Keyboard Review and other magazines. During the 80’s he was voted Second in Organ Player magazine’s readers poll as “Most Promising Up And Coming Organist.” in 1988 David became the resident Organist for The London Borough of Barking at its Broadway Theatre where he began providing the pure “Dance Music” (Ballroom, Latin, Disco, Sequence and Old Time) for monthly Tea Dances. The winter of 2010 saw David & his wife Teresa take over former Wisbech & District Organ Society and re-brand the shows as KeyNote CONCERTS.
Visiting us Aug 20th 2018 – Mike Hall
Mike was born New year’s day 1954 to a musical family. His father was a saxophonist in a local band. By age three Mike was picking out melodies on the piano. The family found a teacher for him but he soon moved on to the organ. Eventually being taught by the Lowrey organ exponent Jerry Allen. Along the way… Mike at age 12 played the mighty Compton organ at the Granada Grantham, The pedals though just a little out of reach as too turning the pages of the music. It was mike who gave the last performance on that organ before it was removed to make way for BINGO? Mike’s career developed and he became associated with several Italian organ manufactures resulting frequent trips to Italy. Mike has travelled all around the UK performing and many will have heard his recitals whilst he appeared on the BBC’s The Organist Entertains. Mike now lives in Barrowby; he continues to tour the UK entertaining organ society audiences.