May 22nd, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert review 21st May 2018 – Michael Wooldridge

Artiste’s instrument – Customised 3 tier bespoke Rolland Atelier with a Paramount Virtual pipe organ provided via his laptop.

Although not a large audience to greet Michael he did provide an evening of solid musical entertainment enjoyed by most. Amongst the music we heard were:- Get Happy, the wind beneath my wings, A medley of Wurlitzer theatre organ music, a medley of the UK’s ‘successful’ Eurovision wins. (We had just had the 2018 event on TV) followed by yet more medleys from Gershwin, Latin America, Jazz.
After the interval we returned to 76 Trombones, and more well filled medleys from Flanagan and Allen, a classical collection, Abba (to which many sang along too) a collection of Tommy Steele hits, concluding with a medley of Glen Miller Big band sounds. In all the music we listened to was an accomplished performance it could though have been better appreciated by a larger audience to help create atmosphere.

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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 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 26th March 2018 – Dirkjan Ranzijn

Dirkjan was born in 1968, thirty miles north of Amsterdam in a town called Alkmaar. Dirks father Leen was a painter and decorator not a musician himself. However his paternal grandfather’s hobby was to play violin for the Royal Dutch Orchestra. Being an only child Dirk’s parents were able to encourage their son by introducing him to a variety of activities, including visits to the theatre, circus and musicals from a very early age. Dirk was excited by the applause, lighting effects and audience participation. He was encouraged to act and sing in school productions. At ten years of age ‘Sinterklaas’, , the Dutch equivalent of Father Christmas brought him a Bontempi keyboard. After a week Dirk’s father realised his son was playing ‘Jingle Bells’. which Dirk had taught himself by ear. A teacher was quickly recruited to encourage the budding musician. He matured and a great career evolved featuring many musical genres with much travel and international performances. Dirk’s 25th solo album has been released and is a great success. In 2012 Dirk had his big break through Danish television in a very popular Evening Show, this led to his own 2 hour TV show and a one hour documentary about his life and work in Show Business. In 2015 Dirk was the ‘Orchestra’ during 6 Saturday Evening shows on Dutch Television. All together his television career spans over the 25 tv shows.
Acknowledgement http://www.organfax.co.uk

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