Visiting us 19th August 2019 Dave Smith
Photo credit – organ fax
Dave began playing the piano at 4 years old. At 7 he entered a competition organized by Carroll Levis. Dave was the youngest entrant he couldn’t reach the pedals on the grand piano of the old Grand Theatre, but he played an acceptable “Oh Mein Papa.” “Too young,” was the verdict of Mr Levis, but David, promised “I’ll be back.”
He was encouraged by his father to take classical music lessons with a Piano teacher a progressed through the entire eight grades of Associated Board Piano Examinations, passing all with Distinction.
As time went by Dave grew into and developed an illustrious career, he become musical director in cabaret clubs in and around Manchester. he was MD for stars like Morecambe & Wise, Ken Dodd and Tony Hancock, later appearing in a Royal Command Performance in the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret.
Presently Dave has a group called “Jeriactric Jazz” playing in many venues around the Lancashire area.
he’s also the Musical Director, Organist and Choir Master at the church of St. Anne in his local village.
This year, Dave is celebrating 60 years in the music business !
Concert review 24th June 2019 Kevin Grunill
Kevin arrived with what some were heard to have described as; an elderly Technics FN3. The instrument setup on the stage had no trailing wires or additional speakers. Despite its perceived age the instrument appeared neat and traditional. Once Kevin was playing it was obvious it could fill the hall with sound. The FN3 was coupled to his PC and he used the Hauptwerk Paramount 450 Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ to give Blackpool sounds. We heard a good evening of musical variety interspersed with not a little humour. Kevin’s style of play is distinctly his own and all music is concluded to a slowing crescendo, a little unusual for a romantic melody. An enjoyable evening concluded with an encore comprising an appreciated medley from Les Miserables.
Amongst music played by Kevin;
Make em laugh, That’s entertainment, Make the world a little younger, the city of my dreams, red rose café, Misty, I’m in the mood for love, The pie in the face polka (Mancini), the wind beneath my feet (Bet Midler), The lady is a tramp, Dancing cheek to cheek, A medley of music from stage and screen, Somewhere over the rainbow, Doe Ray Me (Sound of music), Phantom of the opera,
After the interval
March of the high school cadets, Neil Sedaker – The hungry years, An ‘American collection’, Mac the knife, A big Band medley, Harry Warren’s – This Heart of mine, in both celebration and commemoration of ‘D’ Day, Aces high, Anchors away, The great little army – Marches. Further medleys in the Blackpool style and that of the theatre organ. The evening concluded with a selection of waltzes but of course Kevin returned for his encore of Les Miserables.
Concert review 20th May 2019 Mathew Bason
Mathew’s concert immediately followed our 2019 AGM and that alone was probably enough to subdue us all. The second half of the evening with Mathew on the stage with his Weiltmeister in hand brought the evening to life. His piano accordion (Weiltmeister) playing added to his already established high level of performance on his Roland 350C Dual Keyboard (and pedals plus separate Yamaha P-105). Mathew also gave us a moving sung rendition of “Bring Him home” accompanied by his Ipad!!
Mathew is not a stranger to us and his name is synonymous with that of an accomplished entertainer, in that he did not disappoint.
Amongst Mathew’s music we heard:- Make ‘em’ laugh, in love for the first time, Perfect – Ed Sheeran, A medley to the world of dance and Bigband, A feline collection, (as Mathew called) including the aristocats, A well sung by Mathew, rendition of; ‘Bring him home’. A selection of Viennese music, blue bell polka (On the Weiltmeister), Samba de Orfeu from Black Orpheus, Grieg – Norwegian Dance no. 2. March militaire, All of me – John Legend, A country and Weston medley, Rhinestone Cowboy, Ring of fire.
Called for an encore Mathew Played the Radetzky March – an all time favourite at the proms!
Visiting us – 25th March 2019 – Ian House
Ian House is a popular musician. His performances have taken him across Europe. Within in a comparatively short time he has built a reputation for creativity and technical knowhow. Ian works closely with the Yamaha Corporation Japan and Yamaha Music Europe.
Ian was born and raised in Bristol, a member of a very musical family and tradition. Ian’s encouragement in music began age seven. His original study choice was keyboard and he later developed this onto the organ. Ian worked through his grades ultimately achieving a Diploma from the London College of Music and Media.
At 13 Ian was introduced to the theatre organ during a visit to the Thursford collection in Norfolk. This fostered an interest in studying the instrument further, consequentially he went on to win the Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition in 2003. Ian now works as both a consultant and a National Piano and Keyboard specialist for Yamaha Music Europe and Yamaha Corporation Japan