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- Concert Review – Mark Thompson 27th Sept 2021 October 22, 2021
Elizabeth Harrison born December 1976 just outside Preston, Lancashire. She has established herself on the concert circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer. Her varied musical repertoire along with her cheerful Lancashire humour has made her one of the country’s favourite performers.
‘Elizabeth’s performances are full of life and expression and her choice of music is interesting with lots of variety. Not a note of sheet music in sight. She loves every minute and feels right at home on stage’. Says Organfax
Elizabeth was last with us on a warm summer evening 26th June 2017. We were treated then to a talented performance of varied styles and musicale genres punctuated with farming humour and stories of her love of tractors.
Elizabeth’s instrument then was a Roland ATELIER Combo AT-350C with Pedal board and a “Tower Organ in a box” module.
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Michael learned to play the organ after visiting Blackpool Tower, at age nine. He was fascinated by the sound and so attracted to the instrument. Hard work and the tutelage of Organist Foley Bates eventually returned Michael to the Tower where he achieved his ambition to play that famous instrument. As a teenager he worked weekends and in the school holidays at a local music shops where maintained his development of style and evolved further his ability with the instrument. His prowess led to performing at concerts, dances, and local events including an appearance on the same bill as a young Joe Pasquale for a charity event. Michael has owned many instruments and entertains either on his Hammond M102 or on a Yamaha HS series. His IT career has dominated his time for some years but latterly he has acquired a Yamaha HX1 and then an EL900m, and with them returned to the concert circuit playing both electronic Yamaha Stagea D-Deck DDK-7 and theatre organ. His career in IT continues to limit though, his music appointments. In his spare time, Michael helps with maintenance at some theatre organ venues and is the editor of ‘Cinema Organ’; the quarterly journal of the Cinema Organ Society, a role he took over from John Leeming. Domestically his garage now houses a 2-manual Wurlitzer console that he is rebuilding as a Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ
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Visiting us 19th August 2019 Dave Smith
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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.