March 28th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 26th March 2018 – Dirkjan Ranzijn

Dirk, as he suggested we call him, arrived… He had just made the journey from Holland  to perform for us. His character like the instrument he brought with him was much larger than life. We had an evening of great entertainment with a wacky sense of humour made all the more amusing because of the constant distorted translation from Dutch to English.

Dirk brought the audience into his performance and encouraged participation. We were rocking in our seats and some even found themselves jumping out of them at times or waving arms in the air to make the letters YMCA. The music we heard was a very accomplished performance and with the requested encore ran slightly overtime. Many rose to their feet at the end of the performance.

Amongst the music we listened to were;  Beautiful noise, Lugarno (A piece composed by Dirk whilst in Switzerland) Bizet Carmen, Standing by, Valerie, Spirit of Norway,  Willie Nelsons, “On the road again”. A medley from Grease, A rock and roll selection, because we believe, A Latin American selection, the Snow Waltz, Tequila sunrise, that will be the day, YMCA, Tulips from Amsterdam. Bless Em All, Unforgettable, and A medley from Les Miserables.

The encore was itself a medley of many other pieces.

 

Dirk’s instrument was a Bohm Sinfonia 480

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March 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 26th March 2018 – Dirkjan Ranzijn

Dirkjan was born in 1968, thirty miles north of Amsterdam in a town called Alkmaar. Dirks father Leen was a painter and decorator not a musician himself. However his paternal grandfather’s hobby was to play violin for the Royal Dutch Orchestra. Being an only child Dirk’s parents were able to encourage their son by introducing him to a variety of activities, including visits to the theatre, circus and musicals from a very early age. Dirk was excited by the applause, lighting effects and audience participation. He was encouraged to act and sing in school productions. At ten years of age ‘Sinterklaas’, , the Dutch equivalent of Father Christmas brought him a Bontempi keyboard. After a week Dirk’s father realised his son was playing ‘Jingle Bells’. which Dirk had taught himself by ear. A teacher was quickly recruited to encourage the budding musician. He matured and a great career evolved featuring many musical genres with much travel and international performances. Dirk’s 25th solo album has been released and is a great success. In 2012 Dirk had his big break through Danish television in a very popular Evening Show, this led to his own 2 hour TV show and a one hour documentary about his life and work in Show Business. In 2015 Dirk was the ‘Orchestra’ during 6 Saturday Evening shows on Dutch Television. All together his television career spans over the 25 tv shows.
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December 2nd, 2017 by Steve Morl

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.

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November 29th, 2017 by Steve Morl

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.

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