March 28th, 2022 by Steve Morl

Tony Stace

Tony started playing the organ aged nine, his father owned a Hammond T500 which was his pride a joy. Tony showed promise and tuition was arranged. For his 11th birthday Tony asked his parents to let him play a concert. His parents made the arrangements and Tony played to an audience of 100 friends and family, a well applauded success. At 13 Tony received an Elka E49 from his parents who continued to provided support and encouragement. A string successful appearances and competition wins both Nationally and internationally ensued. Tony’s dedication has made him today’s professional, together with Andrew Nix they are running Festivals under the banner ‘Topnote Events’  

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January 10th, 2022 by Steve Morl

Review 13th Dec 2021 Rod Pooley

It was almost Christmas and we were all looking forward to a club Christmas night. Although we tried to keep to the usual format, Covid interfered and festivities were restricted. The forty of us who attended were there to see Rod Pooley who entertained with a mixture of both Christmas and other music performed using a TRX system based on Yamaha Genos. In between the music there was of course Rod’s sense of humour. At the interval all were offered a few festive nibbles and a beverage provided on a prepared selection plate intended to limit cross contamination. Christmas; a little constrained but that was due to Covid worries. A great night from Rod, a few sing along items and an Encore of Hooked on Classics.

From the 1st half
Feeling Groovy, Hark the Herald & other carols, Morning in Cornwall, Windmills of your mind, Last Christmas, Daydream Believer, ABBA I do I do, The Blue Danube, O come all ye faithful, Once in royal David, Bad Day, Latin medley,

From the 2nd half
Silver Shiny stockings, Let it snow let it snow, Rudolf the red nose reindeer, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Blue Bossa, Down Town, Satisfaction, When you say nothing at all, The Snowman, Walking in the rain, White Christmas, Hooked on Classics medley

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July 1st, 2019 by Steve Morl

Lewis Scott

Lewis Scott is a young organist from Cottingham, East Yorkshire.  He plays Electronic, Theatre and Classical organ at 2 local churches. His concert repertoire includes music from;- theatre organ, orchestral, film music, show tunes, big-band jazz and popular tunes from across the years. The music is his own style and interpretation in which he takes great pride.

Formative years.

Aged 8 Lewis learned on a Technics E55, he progressed though instruments such as the Technics G7, and Roland Atelier AT900c.

Lewis joined the American Theatre Organ Societies, London Chapter, and at the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ Competition in 2014, and in 2015 was awarded the Dean Herrick Memorial Trophy for promoting the theatre organ. In September of 2016 Lewis won the competition held at the Astoria Centre, Barnsley. He was again awarded the Dean Herrick Award in 2017 for further promoting the organ to new audiences. Since his time playing the theatre organ, he has played in young organist concerts across the country, and in 2017 performed his first solo concert at Ryehope, Sunderland. Lewis is an avid photographer and plays cricket when he can. he is a collector of organs, and has several Technics Models including a GA3, C800 and FN3, and a vintage Hammond A100.

Lewis is presently restoring a Compton Theatre organ from the Tonic, Bangor. originally built in 1936.

photo – wephoto.co.uk      Info – OrganFax.co.uk

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June 28th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 24th June 2019 Kevin Grunill

Kevin arrived with what some were heard to have described as; an elderly Technics FN3. The instrument setup on the stage had no trailing wires or additional speakers. Despite its perceived age the instrument appeared neat and traditional.  Once Kevin was playing it was obvious it could fill the hall with sound. The FN3 was coupled to his PC and he used the Hauptwerk Paramount 450 Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ to give Blackpool sounds. We heard a good evening of musical variety interspersed with not a little humour. Kevin’s style of play is distinctly his own and all music is concluded to a slowing crescendo, a little unusual for a romantic melody. An enjoyable evening concluded with an encore comprising an appreciated medley from Les Miserables.

Amongst music played by Kevin;

Make em laugh, That’s entertainment, Make the world a little younger, the city of my dreams, red rose café, Misty, I’m in the mood for love, The pie in the face polka (Mancini),   the wind beneath my feet (Bet Midler), The lady is a tramp, Dancing cheek to cheek, A medley of music from stage and screen, Somewhere over the rainbow, Doe Ray Me (Sound of music), Phantom of the opera,

After the interval

March of the high school cadets, Neil Sedaker – The hungry years, An ‘American collection’, Mac the knife, A big Band medley, Harry Warren’s – This Heart of mine, in both celebration and commemoration of ‘D’ Day, Aces high, Anchors away, The great little army – Marches. Further medleys in the Blackpool style and that of the theatre organ. The evening concluded with a selection of waltzes but of course Kevin returned for his encore of Les Miserables.

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