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- Concert Review – Mark Thompson 27th Sept 2021 October 22, 2021
Mark Thompson 27th Sept 2021
Live performance has returned to BOKC, The club welcomed Mark Thompson and his Yamaha EL90 to our stage on 27th Sept 2021. Covid still with us, this first tentative concert brought a not unexpected low turnout but Mark produced an evening of quality music of broad appeal. The interval saw a ‘costume’ change to a lively almost orange suit which alone drew applause from the audience. Mark’s commentary between his music contained much to amuse the audience. and the evening concluded with his call to encore.
27th Sept was amidst the fuel crisis, hopefully Mark found fuel for his return home.
Some music from the first half
When you’re smiling, Love (Nat King Cole), Roll out the barrel, Wonderful tonight, Somewhere out there (American tail), the cross hand boogie, El Comanchero, Jurassic park theme, Home alone theme, Somewhere in my memory (home alone), Music for VE day, Alexander’s Rag time band, boogie woogie bugle boy, When the saints come marching in, Sleepy shores (André reeve)
Some music from the second half
Anything goes, lady & the tramp, Diamonds & Pearls, And the waltz goes on, Thinking out load (Ed Sheeran), Trish trash polka, Spanish dance (shostakovich), A medley 1950 -1970s – I will survive (Gaynor), My Girl, Living doll (Cliff) do wah diddy diddy (Manfred Mann), Here come my baby, The wonder of you (Elvis), Hit the Road Jack, Mac the knife, When you’re smiling, A Rock Roll medley – Dancing the night away,
Encore we’ll meet again.
Mark’s playing of 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; and was performing in concerts by the age of fifteen. Mark then travelled the UK and abroad playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions. In 2002 Mark won the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and has 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 providing backing vocals, he is also the musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies. Mark’s other works include that of, vocal coach, accompanist or Music Director for many North East stage schools, and musical theatre colleges in both 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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David won holiday camp talent competition at the age of ten, this was his catalyst for becoming a professional organist. He initially explored performing in local charity concerts, he soon found that he was in great demand. Family holidays taken at various organ festivals encouraged him and he won a teenage talent competition at the National Home Organ Festival at Hemsby in 1983. He was soon playing junior spots at major
organ festivals both in this country and abroad. Aged fourteen he filled semi-professional engagements at clubs in and around the Midlands. Leaving school in the summer of 1986 he realised his ambition and became a full-time professional organist. David has considerable experience, playing for dancing and backing cabaret in the clubs, has been musical director for several variety and dance shows. He has made concert appearances at organ societies and festivals all over the country. Much of David’s work is playing for strict tempo dancing where his reputation and popularity has taken him to venues throughout the UK. playing Ballroom, Latin American, Modern Sequence or Traditional Old Time. He currently plays Technics GA3, modified to make it portable, plus a Yamaha PSR8000, for both concert and dance work, To make life easier for his ‘crew’ he purchased the Orla GT8000 Compact portable and uses this mainly in upstairs venues. David also runs a small organ and keyboard teaching studio.
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Concert review 28th October 2019 Chris Jones
We must thank Chris for stepping in at the last minute to replace David Lingwood who was unable to attend. Chris brought a Yamaha AR100 organ (personally customised) plus Ketron SD40 Expander Module, used for additional sounds and Rhythms. He provided a full concert with comprehensive variety and while perhaps we take for granted that all our attending artistes are accomplished, we should recognise that Chris at ‘the drop of a hat’ put together a professional evening of entertainment for us. He very much settled in by the second half and the music provided after the interval was even more rounded and entertaining, His humour – camp brought a smile and not a ‘little titter’ as Frankie Howard would say.
1st Half Everything is in rhythm with my heart, Put on a happy face, Somewhere out there, I only have eyes for you, Im in the mood for love, sleepy time girl, Liberty bell march, Sheep may safely graze, me & my teddy bear, the teddy bears picnic, portrait of my love, (Matt Monroe) walk away, someone to watch over me, time after time, say wonderful things to you, (Sung by CHRIS). If I were a rich man, match maker, yellow river, A time for us, Feelings, TV theme selection, I could have danced all night,
2nd Half Orange coloured sky, Any dream will do, Oh bla dee Oh bla da, Deep in the heart of Texas, On the way to San Francisco, roundup, your the cream in my coffee. Chris was called for an encore for which he played. Ethel Merman’s – I’ve got the sun