July 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 23rd July 2018 Brett Wales

Brett was born on the 23rd of August 1978 in Nottingham and raised by his grandparents Marianne and Alwyn, (He still lives and works from that same house.)

Alwyn owned an Elka 707 Organ, He returned from work one day to discover his three year old grandson playing the organ. The family felt Brett’s talent should not be wasted and arranged private lessons from a local music teacher.

Bretts talent was recognised as unusual with some considering him a  ‘Boy Genius’. He later met with Wersi Stars, Klaus Wunderlich and Franz Lambert. In 1989 that meeting led to a memorable year for Brett and his family, they made a trip to see Franz live at the Felsenkeller. After hearing of Brett’s achievements, Franz requested that Brett played for him and his audience. One of the pieces Brett chose to play was one that Franz himself plays, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes” Many were amazed at the ability of this nine year old who played seemingly without a care in the world.  It brought the house down.

 By the time he was twelve Brett was travelling and demonstrating for Wersi in the U.K . At fifteen Brett was accepted for Clarendon College in Nottingham to study music.

Today Brett is in demand and playing to venues all over the country.

Acknowledgement – http://www.organfax.co.uk

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May 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 21st May 2018 – Michael Wooldridge

Well we wont be Michaels largest audience, it seems he has played to potentially 5 Million listeners on the BBC Radio 2’s ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’, he’s a regular on the organist entertains and has played in the presence of British royalty. As a youngster Michael won the ATOS UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition in 1980. His career then developed and he has travelled a great deal  in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Dubai and Australia. Michael has an extensive repertoire in many styles, his concert programmes are packed with popular music in all styles, orchestral, big band, shows, theatre organ, classical, rock and roll and much more. He is a show producer, having staged  touring shows, summer seasons and pantos throughout the UK.  Michael has worked along names such as Supersonic Syd Little, Crackerjack and Good Morning Sunday’s Don Maclean, stars of the Black and White Minstrel Show, piano entertainer Bobby Crush, master magician Paul Daniels, Jimmy Cricket and Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana. He spent three years as electronic organ tutor for Sussex University.  Presently he is a private tutor and is the principal tutor at the Rye Wurlitzer Academy.

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April 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 23rd Apr 2018 – Andrew Nix

Andrew Nix, born  22nd August 1968 near Selby, North Yorkshire, he is both a musician and entertainer with a  varied musical repertoire and Yorkshire humour.

At the age of ten  his interest in organs became apparent. Andrews’s mother had an organ at home and he sat down and taught himself Christmas carols. His parents recognised potential and arranged lessons for him. After leaving school Andrew was offered three nights a week playing in a local club. He accompanied artistes and played for dancers. At 17 he was appointed Organist and Musical Director for a Theatre Group performing at Butlins, Barry Island. Then three years later Andrew became freelance and in demand for concerts and dances nation-wide on both Theatre and Electronic organs. May 2000 Andrew began performing on a Roland Atelier, and now tours with the AT900c. He and a good friend Tony Stace are trading as “Topnote Events” they host weekend breaks at various venues

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March 28th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 26th March 2018 – Dirkjan Ranzijn

Dirk, as he suggested we call him, arrived… He had just made the journey from Holland  to perform for us. His character like the instrument he brought with him was much larger than life. We had an evening of great entertainment with a wacky sense of humour made all the more amusing because of the constant distorted translation from Dutch to English.

Dirk brought the audience into his performance and encouraged participation. We were rocking in our seats and some even found themselves jumping out of them at times or waving arms in the air to make the letters YMCA. The music we heard was a very accomplished performance and with the requested encore ran slightly overtime. Many rose to their feet at the end of the performance.

Amongst the music we listened to were;  Beautiful noise, Lugarno (A piece composed by Dirk whilst in Switzerland) Bizet Carmen, Standing by, Valerie, Spirit of Norway,  Willie Nelsons, “On the road again”. A medley from Grease, A rock and roll selection, because we believe, A Latin American selection, the Snow Waltz, Tequila sunrise, that will be the day, YMCA, Tulips from Amsterdam. Bless Em All, Unforgettable, and A medley from Les Miserables.

The encore was itself a medley of many other pieces.

 

Dirk’s instrument was a Bohm Sinfonia 480

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