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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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Artiste – Visiting us 26th Feb 2018 Janet Dowsett
Janet has travelled the UK and abroad as a performer on electronic and theatre organs. She is both a performer and teacher, on organ and keyboards. Yet another of her roles is that of Music Examiner for the Associated Board Of The Royal School Of Music.
She holds both FLCM and LLCM diplomas.
(Fellow, London College of Music & Licentiate of the London College of Music)
Janet worked for Yamaha for 11 years as a demonstrator, presenting concerts, demonstrations and master classes on technique. Additionally her role included that of the Promotions Manager organising Festivals, events, and promoting the network of Yamaha Music Schools.
Since 1992, Janet follows a Freelance and busy schedule all over the country at Organ Societies and Festivals. She has demonstrated keyboards on the TV shopping channel QVC.
During the examinations period of March/April/June/July and then November/December Janet’s concert availability is restricted by her commitment to the ABRSM.
Janet plays a Yamaha EL900 which she apparently carries wherever she goes?
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Visiting us 22nd January 2018 – Mark Thompson
Mark’s playing 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; He was performing in concerts at the age of fifteen, and travelled the UK and abroad playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions.
In 2002 Mark played won the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and 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 or providing backing vocals, he is musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies. His other works include that of, vocal coach, accompanist or Music Director for many North East stage schools, and musical theatre colleges in 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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