Concert Review – 24th September 2018 David Thomas
Our September evening concert with David Thomas brought with it the beginnings of autumn. The nights were drawing in again and memories of the very hot days of summer 2018 were fading. David brought his own projector and cameras, he was as we were to find out, accomplished not only with the instrument he played but with manipulating modern media to enhance his musical performance. Between the pieces he played David told us a little about the instrument he played, the development of the genre, and history of the Hammond organ. As he played the screen was projected with not only his hands on the keyboard but superimposed with amusing relevant and entertaining video clips. At one stage we watched and heard Acker Bilk play Strangers on the shore, David provided the live accompaniment to the recording. His encore took the unexpected form of a sung duet. From High society, we saw on the screen Bing Crosby singing and beside the screen was David singing Frank Sinatra’s part of the duet. Overall it was an entertaining evening. Some of the music played by David included; Face the music and dance, a lovely
way to spend an evening, Forever and ever, raining in my heart, somewhere over the rainbow, a medley by Neil Sedaker, A medley in the style of the Hammond organ. Lady and the tramp, welcome to my world, Dusty Springfield’s – downtown, Pachelbel’s canon, Strangers on the shore. The second half of the evening began with a march ‘the PHOS mach, composed by David. Followed by ain’t misbehaving, perhaps perhaps perhaps, Smile though your heart is breaking, the entertainer, A medley of dance music, hello dolly, The stripper, The hustle and the encore from High society.
David played a Roland AT100 organ with patches from the bigger AT900C