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Visiting us 21st May 2018 – Michael Wooldridge
Well we wont be Michaels largest audience, it seems he has played to potentially 5 Million listeners on the BBC Radio 2’s ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’, he’s a regular on the organist entertains and has played in the presence of British royalty. As a youngster Michael won the ATOS UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition in 1980. His career then developed and he has travelled a great deal in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Dubai and Australia. Michael has an extensive repertoire in many styles, his concert programmes are packed with popular music in all styles, orchestral, big band, shows, theatre organ, classical, rock and roll and much more. He is a show producer, having staged touring shows, summer seasons and pantos throughout the UK. Michael has worked along names such as Supersonic Syd Little, Crackerjack and Good Morning Sunday’s Don Maclean, stars of the Black and White Minstrel Show, piano entertainer Bobby Crush, master magician Paul Daniels, Jimmy Cricket and Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana. He spent three years as electronic organ tutor for Sussex University. Presently he is a private tutor and is the principal tutor at the Rye Wurlitzer Academy.
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Visiting us 23rd Apr 2018 – Andrew Nix
Andrew Nix, born 22nd August 1968 near Selby, North Yorkshire, he is both a musician and entertainer with a varied musical repertoire and Yorkshire humour.
At the age of ten his interest in organs became apparent. Andrews’s mother had an organ at home and he sat down and taught himself Christmas carols. His parents recognised potential and arranged lessons for him. After leaving school Andrew was offered three nights a week playing in a local club. He accompanied artistes and played for dancers. At 17 he was appointed Organist and Musical Director for a Theatre Group performing at Butlins, Barry Island. Then three years later Andrew became freelance and in demand for concerts and dances nation-wide on both Theatre and Electronic organs. May 2000 Andrew began performing on a Roland Atelier, and now tours with the AT900c. He and a good friend Tony Stace are trading as “Topnote Events” they host weekend breaks at various venues
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Visiting us 18th December 2017 – Steve Hubble
Steve born and from Birmingham showed an early interest in music his first instrument was a Bontempi chord organ from Woolworths bought for him at the age of 4, with it he entertained pupils and teachers in school assemblies. Steve loved playing the piano, he worked through graded exams but all the time he was forming a passionate interest in the electronic organ. He was avidly interested in the more orchestral instruments such as Eminent, Riha, Yamaha and Technics. At the age of 16 Steve had his first electronic organ, 2 years later he entered and won the 1983 Midlands Organist of the Year Contest.
This launched his professional career as a concert organist and keyboard player.
Steve extensively toured throughout the UK playing for Organ Societies, Keyboard Clubs and Festivals. He was particularly noted for his musical arrangements and orchestral style of playing. He also appeared many times on radio including Radio 2 “The Organist Entertains” and Radio WM “Keyboard Magic
Steve is particularly pleased to have played live on TV on Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘Bit on the Side.’ It is rare to find organs and keyboards featured on TV so this was a great opportunity promoting both himself and the keyboards we all appreciate.
Concert Review 27th Nov 2017 – Michael Sullivan
It was a cold November night perhaps that had an effect on the instrument Michael had with him to play? The adage, ‘Putting all your eggs in one basket’ never seemed more relevant. Perhaps we forget that’s what our artistes do when they sit in front of us with their ‘one’ instrument on which to entertain us for the evening. When things go wrong with the keyboard what do you do in front of that audience who expect to be entertained, but you as the performer are sat at the keyboard of a broken instrument? It was particularly the instruments foot pedals, these latched to the last note played and held the note. For Michael it must have been disastrous for his confidence and ability to entertain, it wasn’t really until the second half of the evening when Michael began to overcome problems with the instrument and his performance recovered.
A flavour of the pieces played included; Anything goes, Sleepy Shores, Liberty Bell, Puppet on a string, The Sound of Music, Buddy Holly pieces, Arrivederci Roma, A Gershwin selection, Tiger Rag, Maple leaf Rag, On the sunny side of the street, She wears red feathers, a TV medley including Cross Roads and Z Cars, and toward the evenings conclusion, MacArthur park.
Michael played a Yamaha Tyros 4 with 2 Yamaha MSR 250 powered speakers plus Ketron midi pedals linked to a Roland SC 33 sound module.