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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November 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 27th November 2017 – Mike Sullivan

 

Family commitments have taken Michael away from performing until recently but we will be pleased to welcome him this Nov 27th 2017.

Michael plays a Yamaha Tyros 4 with 2 Yamaha MSR 250 powered speakers plus Ketron midi pedals linked to a Roland SC 33 sound module.

He latterly has played for St Helens, Southport, in Lincoln and for Bolton In Tune on August 15th 2017.

His internet radio performances include, Organ 1st Radio in January, February, May and June this year.

The programme is a monthly internet programme presented by Alan Ashton. www.organradio.com

 

 

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October 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

Artiste – Visiting us 23rd October 2017 Rod Pooley

 

Rod Pooley was born in Welling, Kent, in 1966.  He began playing electronic organ at the age of seven. At the time he received early tuition from John Norris (Then the Principal of the Southern Music Training Centre Bromley). Rod added the piano to his playing skills from the age of ten. His then tutor was London jazz pianist, James Fagg, maybe the reason why Rod is now a fluent jazz player.

Rod attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The school at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. Whilst there Rod can claim that he performed a solo during a concert in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath the then Mp for Bexley.

At the Grammar School Rod formed its first jazz band. During and after leaving full time education, Rod won many titles in the organ world. These included:

1981 at 14 years of age Young Theatre Organist of the Year

1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age National Organist of the year

1988 at 21 years of age Yamaha Electone Festival Winner

Rod has Grade VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17.

Rod was the Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne for two years. His professional career was established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. He has performed in many forms of entertainment as both soloist and a member playing in big bands. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck.

Rod organised and ran a successful organ and keyboard school; he now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with a directorship of The Drawtones his Funky Organ Classics band.

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