February 24th, 2019 by Steve Morl

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

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November 28th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert Review – 26th November 2018 – Steve Allison

 

 

Sadly due to the untimely passing of Chiho Sunamoto the club was at a loss for an artiste to perform at our concert of the 26th November until Steve Allison revealed that he was available for the evening.

Steve gave us a night of music that was distinctly his own. Very much he seemed to favour ‘marches’ and if you were a lover of this style then it would have been your night. There was though variety but each segment of the evening contained music that Steve had no doubt deliberately grouped, due to perhaps, being able to maintain a tempo or backing. However the evening contained music that at some point would have appealed to all. Without him we would have been turning all away at the door. So a big thank you to Steve for entertaining us for the evening.

Some of the music we heard included.

A medley to commemorate WW1 The songs of the troops. ‘If’, A quick step medley in the style of the tower ballroom. One moment in time, A selection of ‘Spanish holiday music’ Angel in blue,. Misty, Unforgettable, Games lovers play. Barbaretta  march, (Bridge to far) A selection of waltz’s, A samba, Oh my beloved father, Theme from the battle of Britain, aces high, Every thing I do, Solitaire.

Steve was recalled to provide an encore for which he produced a medley music in an ‘Um- Pah’ style.

All in all . Our thanks to Steve who rescued the evening.

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November 13th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Tragic news….

Tuesday 13th November

Chiho Sunamoto

Sadly we learn of the untimely passing of Chiho Sunamoto after an inspirational personal fight with a long term illness. Many amongst her audiences will have been oblivious to her poor health as despite those health issues she continued to provide first class keyboard performances along with her husband John.

Chiho would have been our artist for 26th Nov 2018 and as a club we will hold her in thought at that evening’s concert.

Our condolences and expression of sympathy go out to her husband John and all her family facing this tragedy together.

 

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September 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us Sept 24th 2018 – David Thomas

Almost a local boy, David was born in Hornchurch in 1963. He began his interest in music at Secondary School where he took up the Trombone, until then he had been limited to the Descant Recorder whilst attending Primary School.  The Trombone led him into the School Orchestras, a Dance Band and later the local Youth Orchestra. In the late 70’s he discovered an old “Trench”, fold-away Harmonium tucked away in his Grandparent’s house and after this sparked an interest  he decided he would like to try his hand at something a little more up to date. The years have passed and David’s keyboard abilities  developed.  He has appeared along with many of Britain’s Top Organists and at many prestigious venues, played on Radio, and been the subject of Personality Profiles in Home Keyboard Review and other magazines. During the 80’s he was voted Second in Organ Player magazine’s readers poll as “Most Promising Up And Coming Organist.” in 1988 David became the resident Organist for The London Borough of Barking at its Broadway Theatre where he began providing the pure “Dance Music” (Ballroom, Latin, Disco, Sequence and Old Time) for monthly Tea Dances. The winter of 2010 saw David & his wife Teresa take over former Wisbech & District Organ Society and re-brand the shows as KeyNote CONCERTS. 

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