January 28th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert 25th January 2019 –   Elizabeth Harrison

It was a cold winter’s night not at all like the last time we were visited by Elizabeth on a warm summer’s night in 2017.  Our January night concert was attended by an audience of 54. Elizabeth began by introducing herself as a farmer, a driver of big machines and goods vehicles. We learned about Cows, how they order themselves singularly for milking and we learned that Elizabeth and her boyfriend, also a farmer, whom previously we heard about in 2017, were no longer 26 miles apart…? This brought an amused chuckle from the audience.  The evening was to be punctuated by her delightful and light sense of humour delivered with an accent that somehow seemed so right for a farmer.  And so the music started for an audience already amused. Unusually, Elizabeth performed facing us; throughout the evening she punctuated her performance with facial expressions that were themselves quite entertaining.

As before her music was silky smooth. Elizabeth is an accomplished entertainer with a performance repertoire that included something for everyone. Amongst the evenings music were the following;  A selection of waltzes, Housewives choice, Blaze away, Pack up your troubles, when you’re smiling, Run rabbit Run, My old man said follow the van, Hello Dolly, A selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Non Stop – original ITN news theme,

Contemplating & Remember Chiho Sunamoto, Elizabeth dedicated and played – If I loved you

Elizabeth continued with, When Irish eyes are smiling, A selection of Scottish themes, Runaway, Prelude in a classic style, From Nicholas & Alexandra ‘to beautiful to last, Here in my heart, I could have danced all night, we’ll meet again. Elizabeth was re-called for an encore, The theme from the Battle of Britain Film concluding the evening to rapturous applause.

 

Elizabeth’s instrument was a Roland AT350C Dual Keyboard and pedals, plus the new Theatre Organ in a box V3

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November 28th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert Review – 26th November 2018 – Steve Allison

 

 

Sadly due to the untimely passing of Chiho Sunamoto the club was at a loss for an artiste to perform at our concert of the 26th November until Steve Allison revealed that he was available for the evening.

Steve gave us a night of music that was distinctly his own. Very much he seemed to favour ‘marches’ and if you were a lover of this style then it would have been your night. There was though variety but each segment of the evening contained music that Steve had no doubt deliberately grouped, due to perhaps, being able to maintain a tempo or backing. However the evening contained music that at some point would have appealed to all. Without him we would have been turning all away at the door. So a big thank you to Steve for entertaining us for the evening.

Some of the music we heard included.

A medley to commemorate WW1 The songs of the troops. ‘If’, A quick step medley in the style of the tower ballroom. One moment in time, A selection of ‘Spanish holiday music’ Angel in blue,. Misty, Unforgettable, Games lovers play. Barbaretta  march, (Bridge to far) A selection of waltz’s, A samba, Oh my beloved father, Theme from the battle of Britain, aces high, Every thing I do, Solitaire.

Steve was recalled to provide an encore for which he produced a medley music in an ‘Um- Pah’ style.

All in all . Our thanks to Steve who rescued the evening.

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November 13th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Tragic news….

Tuesday 13th November

Chiho Sunamoto

Sadly we learn of the untimely passing of Chiho Sunamoto after an inspirational personal fight with a long term illness. Many amongst her audiences will have been oblivious to her poor health as despite those health issues she continued to provide first class keyboard performances along with her husband John.

Chiho would have been our artist for 26th Nov 2018 and as a club we will hold her in thought at that evening’s concert.

Our condolences and expression of sympathy go out to her husband John and all her family facing this tragedy together.

 

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September 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us Sept 24th 2018 – David Thomas

Almost a local boy, David was born in Hornchurch in 1963. He began his interest in music at Secondary School where he took up the Trombone, until then he had been limited to the Descant Recorder whilst attending Primary School.  The Trombone led him into the School Orchestras, a Dance Band and later the local Youth Orchestra. In the late 70’s he discovered an old “Trench”, fold-away Harmonium tucked away in his Grandparent’s house and after this sparked an interest  he decided he would like to try his hand at something a little more up to date. The years have passed and David’s keyboard abilities  developed.  He has appeared along with many of Britain’s Top Organists and at many prestigious venues, played on Radio, and been the subject of Personality Profiles in Home Keyboard Review and other magazines. During the 80’s he was voted Second in Organ Player magazine’s readers poll as “Most Promising Up And Coming Organist.” in 1988 David became the resident Organist for The London Borough of Barking at its Broadway Theatre where he began providing the pure “Dance Music” (Ballroom, Latin, Disco, Sequence and Old Time) for monthly Tea Dances. The winter of 2010 saw David & his wife Teresa take over former Wisbech & District Organ Society and re-brand the shows as KeyNote CONCERTS. 

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