December 14th, 2021 by Steve Morl

22nd November 2021 concert detail Chris Stanbury

BOKC was pleased to welcome Chris Stanbury who by all accounts gave his usual brilliant concert performed using his Yamaha ELC-02 Stagea organ.

From the 1st half

Chris started with At the Sign of the Swinging Cymbal, followed by Closest Thing to Crazy, Thunder and Lightning Polka, A Rock and Roll Medley, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The One Note Samba, Radio Themes Medley including Nellie the Elephant !, Max Bygraves Medley, A Selection of Rhumbas, then Swinging Shepherd Blues. The first half ended with a superb Sixties Medley, ending on A Whiter Shade of Pale.

From the 2nd half

The second half started with the Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by On A Clear Day You Can See for Ever, a Ted Heath Medley: Hot Toddy / East of the Sun, a Dusty Springfield Medley, a brilliant performance of Bohemian Rhapsody, followed by Hoagy Carmichael’s Skylark, some Sambas including Tico Tico, then Meditation from Thais, finishing on a foot tapping Dreamboats and Petticoats Medley. For his encore, Chris played the Thunderbirds theme.

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August 16th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Chris Stanbury

Chris is an accomplished keyboard player on the professional circuit. He’s playing extends comfortably across the latest electronic instrument, jazz or classical piano to theatre or classical pipe organ, he dedicatedly applies skill and musicianship whether he’s playing at a concert, social dance, theatre show or wedding party,

Chris was classically trained yet he is equally at home playing jazz and pop music, his music qualifications from  the London College of Music include Bachelor of, and Master of Music degrees. His career has led him to perform at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, playing a premiere of a jazz organ piece at the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, corporate functions and various tours of the Far East, both as a solo performer and session musician, and performances on national TV and BBC Radio 2. 

Chris combines a performing career with that of a music examiner for the London College of Music and that of teacher.

At home he keeps an extensive collection of new and vintage instruments. His present concert instrument is the Yamaha ELS-02X Stagea organ.

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

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July 23rd, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 2019-07-22 Lewis Scott

 Lewis, a young and keen instrumentalist provided our concert and was assisted in ‘setting up’ by his family. It was apparent that they are all very enthusiastic, in itself appealing by their dedication. Lewis produced a rounded selection of music with a bias toward theatre organ, all played faultlessly but played ‘straight’ and at a tempo that seemed to warrant a little more pace. His personal style perhaps is still developing together with his audience repartee, nevertheless, so rewarding to see a young and talented performer at the keyboard.

Some of the music played included – Colditz theme, Murder on the orient express, Hushaby mountain, A night in Tunisia, Tenderly, The last waltz (Englelbert Humperdink), Midnight in Moscow. Tonight,  Don’t go breaking my heart, your song (Elton John). Quando Quando, Teco Teco. Stranger on the shore (Acker Bilk). Theme from ET.

After the interval – I’m still standing (Elton john). Stardust, Telstar, My Cherie Amour, Take the ‘A’ train, Titanic theme, A medley from Westside story,

For the encore Co Co Cabana.

Lewis’s instrument was a Roland Atelier AT900C with full pedalboard

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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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