Visiting us 18th December 2017 – Steve Hubble
Steve born and from Birmingham showed an early interest in music his first instrument was a Bontempi chord organ from Woolworths bought for him at the age of 4, with it he entertained pupils and teachers in school assemblies. Steve loved playing the piano, he worked through graded exams but all the time he was forming a passionate interest in the electronic organ. He was avidly interested in the more orchestral instruments such as Eminent, Riha, Yamaha and Technics. At the age of 16 Steve had his first electronic organ, 2 years later he entered and won the 1983 Midlands Organist of the Year Contest.
This launched his professional career as a concert organist and keyboard player.
Steve extensively toured throughout the UK playing for Organ Societies, Keyboard Clubs and Festivals. He was particularly noted for his musical arrangements and orchestral style of playing. He also appeared many times on radio including Radio 2 “The Organist Entertains” and Radio WM “Keyboard Magic
Steve is particularly pleased to have played live on TV on Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘Bit on the Side.’ It is rare to find organs and keyboards featured on TV so this was a great opportunity promoting both himself and the keyboards we all appreciate.
Visiting us 27th November 2017 – Mike Sullivan
Family commitments have taken Michael away from performing until recently but we will be pleased to welcome him this Nov 27th 2017.
Michael plays a Yamaha Tyros 4 with 2 Yamaha MSR 250 powered speakers plus Ketron midi pedals linked to a Roland SC 33 sound module.
He latterly has played for St Helens, Southport, in Lincoln and for Bolton In Tune on August 15th 2017.
His internet radio performances include, Organ 1st Radio in January, February, May and June this year.
The programme is a monthly internet programme presented by Alan Ashton. www.organradio.com
Artiste – Visiting us 23rd October 2017 Rod Pooley
Rod Pooley was born in Welling, Kent, in 1966. He began playing electronic organ at the age of seven. At the time he received early tuition from John Norris (Then the Principal of the Southern Music Training Centre Bromley). Rod added the piano to his playing skills from the age of ten. His then tutor was London jazz pianist, James Fagg, maybe the reason why Rod is now a fluent jazz player.
Rod attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The school at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. Whilst there Rod can claim that he performed a solo during a concert in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath the then Mp for Bexley.
At the Grammar School Rod formed its first jazz band. During and after leaving full time education, Rod won many titles in the organ world. These included:
1981 at 14 years of age Young Theatre Organist of the Year
1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age National Organist of the year
1988 at 21 years of age Yamaha Electone Festival Winner
Rod has Grade VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17.
Rod was the Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne for two years. His professional career was established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. He has performed in many forms of entertainment as both soloist and a member playing in big bands. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck.
Rod organised and ran a successful organ and keyboard school; he now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with a directorship of The Drawtones his Funky Organ Classics band.
Artiste – 25th September 2017 Alex Payler
Alex’s performance instrument is the state of the art YAMAHA Electone Stagea ELS-02C. As well as being the first pro-player to import this very special instrument into the UK, he is now one of the leading exponents of this particular model in the world. The state of the art Stagea ELS-02C is at the apex of technological innovation and along with its cutting-edge design, is by far the most musically expressive electronic instrument created in the world today. Check out Alex’s YouTube Channel for special live performances…
Acknowledgement to http://www.organfax.co.uk/players/alexpayler/#close
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