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Review 25th Jan 2022- Chris Jones
BOKC was pleased to welcome Chris Jones with his Customised Yamaha AR100 and Ketron SD40 arranger module at the first of our afternoon concerts. Our audience, the largest since the start of the pandemic seem to be approving of the performance time change introduced to avoid travelling in the dark during winter evenings attending our concerts.
The audience were presented with an afternoon of musical variety, from the 50’s to recent times. Many old favourites, medleys and singalongs. Chris made a point of introducing the music with comments on composers and contemporary events.
From the 1st half
Hello Dolly, Miss Marple, The railway children, Wheels, Entry of the Gladiators, portrait of my love, Walk away, Say wonderful things to me, The old rugged cross, Amazing grace, Jerusalem, God bless the prince of Wales, Keep the home fires burning, There will always be an England, Long way to Tipperary. Loch Lomond, You’ll never walk alone, Pack up your troubles.
From the 2nd half
Rock around the clock, Oh Boy, This old House, The bare necessities, If I ruled the world, Save your kisses for me, meditation, Sleepy Lagoon, If I were a rich man, Sun rise sun set, Match maker, Opus 1, Deep in the heart of Texas, The way to Amirillo, Hands up baby, oh blah dee, The Lambeth walk, You made me love you, On Mother Kelly’s door step, Show me the way to go home, We’ll meet again. i’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
Encore Land of Hope & Glory.
Concert review 28th October 2019 Chris Jones
We must thank Chris for stepping in at the last minute to replace David Lingwood who was unable to attend. Chris brought a Yamaha AR100 organ (personally customised) plus Ketron SD40 Expander Module, used for additional sounds and Rhythms. He provided a full concert with comprehensive variety and while perhaps we take for granted that all our attending artistes are accomplished, we should recognise that Chris at ‘the drop of a hat’ put together a professional evening of entertainment for us. He very much settled in by the second half and the music provided after the interval was even more rounded and entertaining, His humour – camp brought a smile and not a ‘little titter’ as Frankie Howard would say.
1st Half Everything is in rhythm with my heart, Put on a happy face, Somewhere out there, I only have eyes for you, Im in the mood for love, sleepy time girl, Liberty bell march, Sheep may safely graze, me & my teddy bear, the teddy bears picnic, portrait of my love, (Matt Monroe) walk away, someone to watch over me, time after time, say wonderful things to you, (Sung by CHRIS). If I were a rich man, match maker, yellow river, A time for us, Feelings, TV theme selection, I could have danced all night,
2nd Half Orange coloured sky, Any dream will do, Oh bla dee Oh bla da, Deep in the heart of Texas, On the way to San Francisco, roundup, your the cream in my coffee. Chris was called for an encore for which he played. Ethel Merman’s – I’ve got the sun
Visiting us 28th October 2019 Chris Jones
Chris’s interest in music began at 11 with piano he moved to the electronic organ at 13 and by the time he was 14 he was performing for Orpington organ society and his school. Later work found him a role as Deputy organist at the Streatham Ice rink. In 1985 Chris met David Lingwood at the first Caister Keyboard Festival and then after he turned professional. He has played for many societies all over Britain and at most major festivals. In 1991 he worked as Showroom Manager for Wersi at their UK headquarters in Purley in 1994 for GIG Sounds in Streatham, South London in 1995 at Rose-Morris in the West End. In 1996 he was offered the job as Manager of Roland Friday Keyboards, but in January 1997 Roland Friday sold the retail business to Music Land. Chris continues to work for them on a part time basis with David Harrild.
Chris’s musical tastes cover a broad spectrum, though he is particularly keen on Musicals, Marches, Romantic Ballads and Latin American.