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Concert Review 25th June 2018 Ian Griffin
It was the 25th of June, perhaps the first month of hot weather of; ‘the long hot summer of 2018’. Our artist for the evening Ian Griffin had travelled from Wales to entertain us and was, he said, returning to Wales at the end of the performance.
We listened to an evening of good and varied music and of course a helping of welsh humour. Ian took the trouble to explain details about the instrument he was playing, its history development and other nuances, The speakers he explained were ‘Bose’ a prestigious US manufacturer but, like so much today, now made in.. China.
Some of the music we heard included:- To begin, I will go where the music takes me, I love how you love me, (Bobby Vincent) This time tomorrow. Hits from Dusty Springfield, Steve Wonder, Neil Sedaker – miracle song. There were big band, musical and orchestral sounds including, I got you under my skin, it had to be you, born free, softly as I leave you, if I were a rich man, as long as he needs me.
As before for us, Ian opened the second half up to ‘The audience choice’ for an hour he played our choice of music without a written note of music or script, just our request notes passed in the interval.
For an encore he played us out to Ski Sunday.
A thoroughly good evening that surely included something for all and played on Ian’s Ketron.
Concert review 21st May 2018 – Michael Wooldridge
Artiste’s instrument – Customised 3 tier bespoke Rolland Atelier with a Paramount Virtual pipe organ provided via his laptop.
Although not a large audience to greet Michael he did provide an evening of solid musical entertainment enjoyed by most. Amongst the music we heard were:- Get Happy, the wind beneath my wings, A medley of Wurlitzer theatre organ music, a medley of the UK’s ‘successful’ Eurovision wins. (We had just had the 2018 event on TV) followed by yet more medleys from Gershwin, Latin America, Jazz.
After the interval we returned to 76 Trombones, and more well filled medleys from Flanagan and Allen, a classical collection, Abba (to which many sang along too) a collection of Tommy Steele hits, concluding with a medley of Glen Miller Big band sounds. In all the music we listened to was an accomplished performance it could though have been better appreciated by a larger audience to help create atmosphere.
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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