April 25th, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert review 23rd April 2018 Andrew Nix

 

Another good concert with our Artiste for the night Andrew Nix. The audience numbers for the evening were disappointing perhaps due to another event, Seacroft. It was also the first night for the club renewals for 2018 – 2019.

True to the character portrayed in descriptive comments about Andrew, he did have a true Yorkshire sense of humour very much in evidence throughout the evening. We enjoyed a ‘two for the price of one’ evening with Andrew as both keyboard musician and comedian. Some of the music we herd included. With sword and lance, a buddy holiday medley, a medley of traditional Irish songs, When Irish eyes are smiling, Fire Dance, and an Irish gig. Then there was you, a Sigmund Romberg Medley, Music Box Dancer, Pretty Face Polka, and the Lambeth Walk. After the interval we heard the Beer barrel polka, Roll out the barrel, Good Morning Good Morning, Somewhere over the rainbow, wedding of the painted doll, Impossible dream, A Beatles medley including Money cant by you love, Yesterday, Hey Jude, then Fly me to the Moon and finally a Dixieland medley. There were calls from the audience for even more and so on the spot of the moment Andrew produced a medley of snippets from many other well known tunes. In all a very good evening.

Andrew’s instrument was a Roland Atelier

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April 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

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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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.
Acknowledgement http://www.organfax.co.uk

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February 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

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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