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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September 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

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…

https://www.youtube.com/alexpayler

Acknowledgement to http://www.organfax.co.uk/players/alexpayler/#close

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August 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

Artiste – visiting us 21th August 2017 – David Harrild

 

First lessons
At the age of 9, his parents bought him his first organ which was a Bontempi from Woolworth’s, unfortunately his persistent practising on the Bontempi stretched his parents tolerance until they could stand no more, so he was given the option of attending lessons and a new organ.

Throw Away The Books
After 1 year’s tuition, he decided that he would throw away the teaching books and play by ear. At least that way, he could progress to more exciting material other than “Merrily We Roll Along”.

Through the years
Through the years David was inspired by  his idol, Harry Stoneham, this encouraged him to form his Trio that consisted of  Drums, Tenor Sax and Organ. The Trio become familiar  faces  with local  Working Men’s Clubs, Bowls Clubs and then on to Masonic Ladies Festivals, Social Evenings and Dinner Dances.

Ability to play by ear
Many of you who have heard David in concert will know that he never carries music with him. David’s concerts are performed by his ability to play by ear. This ability enables him to choose his material, listen to it once or twice and then play it. David is now known around the country for performing at Music Festivals, Dinner Dance, Masonic Functions, Organ and Keyboard Clubs.

Acknowledgement  http://www.organfax.co.uk/players/davidharrild/#close

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