Mark Thompson -- click link to hear him play
March 13th, 2020 by Steve Morl

Mark Thompson

Mark’s playing of 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; and was performing in concerts by the age of fifteen. Mark then travelled the UK and abroad playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions. In 2002 Mark won the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and has 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 providing backing vocals, he is also the musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies. Mark’s other works include that of, vocal coach, accompanist or Music Director for many North East stage schools, and musical theatre colleges in both 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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Michael Carter
February 24th, 2020 by Steve Morl

Michael Carter

Michael learned to play the organ after visiting Blackpool Tower, at age nine. He was fascinated by the sound and so attracted to the instrument. Hard work and the tutelage of Organist Foley Bates eventually returned Michael to the Tower where he achieved his ambition to play that famous instrument. As a teenager he worked weekends and in the school holidays at a local music shops where maintained his development of style and evolved further his ability with the instrument. His prowess led to performing at concerts, dances, and local events including an appearance on the same bill as a young Joe Pasquale for a charity event. Michael has owned many instruments and entertains either on his Hammond M102 or on a Yamaha HS series. His IT career has dominated his time for some years but latterly he has acquired a Yamaha HX1 and then an EL900m, and with them returned to the concert circuit playing both electronic Yamaha Stagea D-Deck DDK-7 and theatre organ. His career in IT continues to limit though, his music appointments. In his spare time, Michael helps with maintenance at some theatre organ venues and is the editor of ‘Cinema Organ’; the quarterly journal of the Cinema Organ Society, a role he took over from John Leeming. Domestically his garage now houses a 2-manual Wurlitzer console that he is rebuilding as a Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ

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David Ingley
January 27th, 2020 by Steve Morl

David Ingley

David won holiday camp talent competition at the age of ten, this was his catalyst for becoming a professional organist. He initially explored performing in local charity concerts, he soon found that he was in great demand. Family holidays taken at various organ festivals encouraged him and he won a teenage talent competition at the National Home Organ Festival at Hemsby in 1983. He was soon playing junior spots at major
organ festivals both in this country and abroad. Aged fourteen he filled semi-professional engagements at clubs in and around the Midlands. Leaving school in the summer of 1986 he realised his ambition and became a full-time professional organist. David has considerable experience, playing for dancing and backing cabaret in the clubs, has been musical director for several variety and dance shows. He has made concert appearances at organ societies and festivals all over the country. Much of David’s work is playing for strict tempo dancing where his reputation and popularity has taken him to venues throughout the UK. playing Ballroom, Latin American, Modern Sequence or Traditional Old Time. He currently plays Technics GA3, modified to make it portable, plus a Yamaha PSR8000, for both concert and dance work, To make life easier for his ‘crew’ he purchased the Orla GT8000 Compact portable and uses this mainly in  upstairs venues. David also runs a small organ and keyboard teaching studio.

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October 29th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 28th October 2019 Chris Jones

We must thank Chris for stepping in at the last minute to replace David Lingwood who was unable to attend. Chris brought a Yamaha AR100 organ (personally customised) plus Ketron SD40 Expander Module, used for additional sounds and Rhythms. He provided a full concert with comprehensive variety and while perhaps we take for granted that all our attending artistes are accomplished, we should recognise that Chris at ‘the drop of a hat’ put together a professional evening of entertainment for us. He very much settled in by the second half and the music provided after the interval was even more rounded and entertaining, His humour – camp brought a smile and not a ‘little titter’ as Frankie Howard would say.

1st Half Everything is in rhythm with my heart, Put on a happy face, Somewhere out there, I only have eyes for you, Im in the mood for love, sleepy time girl, Liberty bell march, Sheep may safely graze, me & my teddy bear, the teddy bears picnic, portrait of my love, (Matt Monroe) walk away, someone to watch over me, time after time, say wonderful things to you, (Sung by CHRIS). If I were a rich man, match maker, yellow river, A time for us, Feelings, TV theme selection, I could have danced all night,

2nd Half Orange coloured sky, Any dream will do, Oh bla dee Oh bla da, Deep in the heart of Texas, On the way to San Francisco, roundup, your the cream in my coffee. Chris was called for an encore for which he played. Ethel Merman’s – I’ve got the sun

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