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Visiting us – 24th June 2019 – Kevin Grunill
(Picture credit – Organfax)
Kevin was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1972. From an early age he showed an interest in music, at twelve he learned to play the electronic organ progressing at sixteen to the theatre organ for which he developed a different playing style to that of his electronic organ. Kevin took to performing concerts throughout the country featuring both electronic and theatre organs and is a musician just as at home playing modern electronic instruments as traditional pipe organ and piano. Kevin continued his musical education and studied at a performing arts college before Leeds University in 1994 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in music. Kevin has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare and the Opera House, the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool and Granada Television Studios Manchester. He has also performed at numerous organ societies and private residences both here and abroad.
Visiting us – 25th March 2019 – Ian House
Ian House is a popular musician. His performances have taken him across Europe. Within in a comparatively short time he has built a reputation for creativity and technical knowhow. Ian works closely with the Yamaha Corporation Japan and Yamaha Music Europe.
Ian was born and raised in Bristol, a member of a very musical family and tradition. Ian’s encouragement in music began age seven. His original study choice was keyboard and he later developed this onto the organ. Ian worked through his grades ultimately achieving a Diploma from the London College of Music and Media.
At 13 Ian was introduced to the theatre organ during a visit to the Thursford collection in Norfolk. This fostered an interest in studying the instrument further, consequentially he went on to win the Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition in 2003. Ian now works as both a consultant and a National Piano and Keyboard specialist for Yamaha Music Europe and Yamaha Corporation Japan
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
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.