February 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Artiste – Visiting us 26th Feb 2018 Janet Dowsett

 

Janet has travelled the UK and abroad as a performer on electronic and theatre organs. She is both a performer and teacher, on organ and keyboards. Yet another of her roles is that of Music Examiner for the Associated Board Of The Royal School Of Music.

She holds both FLCM and LLCM diplomas.

(Fellow, London College of Music & Licentiate of the London College of Music)

Janet worked for Yamaha for 11 years as a demonstrator, presenting concerts, demonstrations and master classes on technique. Additionally her role included that of the Promotions Manager organising Festivals, events, and promoting the network of Yamaha Music Schools.

Since 1992, Janet follows a Freelance and busy schedule all over the country at Organ Societies and Festivals.   She has demonstrated keyboards on the TV shopping channel QVC.

During the examinations period of March/April/June/July and then November/December Janet’s concert availability is restricted by her commitment to the ABRSM.

Janet plays a Yamaha EL900 which she apparently carries wherever she goes?

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January 2nd, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 22nd January 2018 – Mark Thompson

 

Mark’s playing the Electronic organ began at age seven. He joined the Technics Academy at nine; He worked his way through his grades whilst along the way entering local competitions and reached the area finals in 1999. 

Mark was a pupil of Chiho Sunamato at the Yamaha School of Music; He was performing in concerts at the age of fifteen, and travelled the UK and abroad playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions.

In 2002 Mark played won the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and subsequently performed on many of the UK’s most prodigious theatre organs.

Mark also plays in a 60s and 70s band, ‘Wallstreet’, on keyboards and or providing backing vocals, he is musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies. His other works include that of, vocal coach, accompanist or Music Director for many North East stage schools, and musical theatre colleges in Blackpool and Leeds. 

Mark plays ‘cocktail piano’ at hotels and restaurants across the North East, also for weddings throughout the year. He plays with ‘The Fab Dakers Boys’ jazz band at Newcastle United’s football ground, ‘St. James’ Park’, and features in the ‘The Ratpack Vegas Spectacular’ band, for shows at theatres around the country.

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October 24th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 23rd October 2017 – Rod Pooley

 

The evenings were drawing in, how fast the year is passing. Our guest for the evening was Rod Pooley. He opened with a sense of humour that continued throughout. “It was good to be back in Essex after such a long time… and the only way is??” Of course many replied “ESSEX…” He was, he thought a young man when last he performed for us, there was a bit of friendly banter between him and our booking secretary about how he came to be overlooked for so long and then the concert began with, ‘windmills of your mind’.  Followed by “Charlie Chan”. Between each piece thereafter Rod continued with his humour which never failed to raise a laugh, he was himself the brunt of much of it. We listened to the realistic sound of ‘the big band’, ‘orchestras’ film music and much more. Some titles from the evening were, ‘O Mio Bambino Caro’, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ ‘All I ask of you’ and ‘Home’ by Michael Bublé. The evening was very well received by all with much applause. Rod commented that he hoped he wouldn’t need to wait another 14 years to be asked back again.

 

I am informed that, for those who like to know these things…

The instrument that Rod was using was the TRX Organ system based on Yamaha Tyros 5 with Hammond pedals.

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September 30th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 25th September 2017 – Alex Payler

25th September and summer was over, the evenings drawing in and maybe that was why the turnout for our concert by Alex Payler was so disappointingly low. We even delayed the start of the evening hoping for a few more attendees.

Alex provided a captivating performance of live music with varied genres. He performed on his very capable Yamaha. There surely ought to have been content to please all.  The evening opened with a lively rendition of Palladio soon contrasted by the minuet from the L’arlesienne suite by Bizet. As the evening progressed we heard music from film, stage, TV and the classics. Perhaps the style of his music should described as orchestral rather than Hammond, how the listener appreciated  what they listened to would depend on their preference of style but the performance itself was absorbing, rounded and accomplished. At the end of the evening Alex was applauded and an encore requested for which he played Brazil by Ary Barroso

Alex’s instrument was the 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.

Alex’s concert content

 

PART 1 [Approx. Running Time—1:00Hr]

 

  1. Palladio (K. Jenkins)
  2. L’arlesienne Minuet (Bizet)
  3. It Don’t Mean A Thing…(Ellington)  ▼
  4. The Habanera (Bizet)
  5. The ‘Phantom Connection’ (Webber) ▼
  6. Take Five (Brubeck)
  7. Trumpet Tune (J.Clarke/Purcell)  ▼
  8. James Bond Theme (Barry)
  9. Beauty & The Beast (Menken)
  10. E.T. The Flying Theme (J.Williams)
  11. ‘Lament’ / Firedance (Whelan)

 

PART 2 [Approx. Running Time—1:00Hr]

 

  1. Thunderbirds Theme (Gray)
  2. 1492 Conquest of Paradise (Vangelis)
  3. Westside Story Overture (Bernstein) ▼
  4. Hello Dolly (Herman)
  5. Band of Brothers (Kamen)
  6. Libertango (Astor Piazzolla) ▼
  7. Lean On Me (B. Withers)
  8. Aladdin – Arabian Nights/Friend Like Me (Menken)
  9. Bolero (Ravel)

 

  1. ENCORE: Brazil (Ary Barroso)

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