August 16th, 2019 by Steve Morl

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July 1st, 2019 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 22nd July 2019 is Lewis Scott

Photo credit- American Theatre Organ Society, London

 

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.

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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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January 2nd, 2018 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 22nd January 2018 – Mark Thompson

 

Mark’s playing the Electronic organ began at age seven. He joined the Technics Academy at nine; He worked his way through his grades whilst along the way entering local competitions and reached the area finals in 1999. 

Mark was a pupil of Chiho Sunamato at the Yamaha School of Music; He was performing in concerts at the age of fifteen, and travelled the UK and abroad playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions.

In 2002 Mark played won the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and subsequently performed on many of the UK’s most prodigious theatre organs.

Mark also plays in a 60s and 70s band, ‘Wallstreet’, on keyboards and or providing backing vocals, he is musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies. His other works include that of, vocal coach, accompanist or Music Director for many North East stage schools, and musical theatre colleges in Blackpool and Leeds. 

Mark plays ‘cocktail piano’ at hotels and restaurants across the North East, also for weddings throughout the year. He plays with ‘The Fab Dakers Boys’ jazz band at Newcastle United’s football ground, ‘St. James’ Park’, and features in the ‘The Ratpack Vegas Spectacular’ band, for shows at theatres around the country.

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