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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October 24th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 23rd October 2017 – Rod Pooley

 

The evenings were drawing in, how fast the year is passing. Our guest for the evening was Rod Pooley. He opened with a sense of humour that continued throughout. “It was good to be back in Essex after such a long time… and the only way is??” Of course many replied “ESSEX…” He was, he thought a young man when last he performed for us, there was a bit of friendly banter between him and our booking secretary about how he came to be overlooked for so long and then the concert began with, ‘windmills of your mind’.  Followed by “Charlie Chan”. Between each piece thereafter Rod continued with his humour which never failed to raise a laugh, he was himself the brunt of much of it. We listened to the realistic sound of ‘the big band’, ‘orchestras’ film music and much more. Some titles from the evening were, ‘O Mio Bambino Caro’, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ ‘All I ask of you’ and ‘Home’ by Michael Bublé. The evening was very well received by all with much applause. Rod commented that he hoped he wouldn’t need to wait another 14 years to be asked back again.

 

I am informed that, for those who like to know these things…

The instrument that Rod was using was the TRX Organ system based on Yamaha Tyros 5 with Hammond pedals.

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October 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

Artiste – Visiting us 23rd October 2017 Rod Pooley

 

Rod Pooley was born in Welling, Kent, in 1966.  He began playing electronic organ at the age of seven. At the time he received early tuition from John Norris (Then the Principal of the Southern Music Training Centre Bromley). Rod added the piano to his playing skills from the age of ten. His then tutor was London jazz pianist, James Fagg, maybe the reason why Rod is now a fluent jazz player.

Rod attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The school at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. Whilst there Rod can claim that he performed a solo during a concert in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath the then Mp for Bexley.

At the Grammar School Rod formed its first jazz band. During and after leaving full time education, Rod won many titles in the organ world. These included:

1981 at 14 years of age Young Theatre Organist of the Year

1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age National Organist of the year

1988 at 21 years of age Yamaha Electone Festival Winner

Rod has Grade VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17.

Rod was the Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne for two years. His professional career was established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. He has performed in many forms of entertainment as both soloist and a member playing in big bands. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck.

Rod organised and ran a successful organ and keyboard school; he now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with a directorship of The Drawtones his Funky Organ Classics band.

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September 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

Artiste – 25th September 2017 Alex Payler

Alex’s performance instrument is the state of the art YAMAHA Electone Stagea ELS-02C. As well as being the first pro-player to import this very special instrument into the UK, he is now one of the leading exponents of this particular model in the world. The state of the art Stagea ELS-02C is at the apex of technological innovation and along with its cutting-edge design, is by far the most musically expressive electronic instrument created in the world today.  Check out Alex’s YouTube Channel for special live performances…

https://www.youtube.com/alexpayler

Acknowledgement to http://www.organfax.co.uk/players/alexpayler/#close

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