Mark Thompson -- click link to hear him play
October 22nd, 2021 by Steve Morl

Mark Thompson 27th Sept 2021

Live performance has returned to BOKC,  The club welcomed Mark Thompson and his Yamaha EL90 to our stage on 27th Sept 2021.  Covid still with us, this first tentative concert  brought a not unexpected low turnout  but Mark produced an evening of quality music of broad appeal. The interval saw a ‘costume’ change to a lively almost orange suit which alone drew applause from the audience. Mark’s commentary between his music contained much to amuse the audience. and the evening concluded with his call to encore.

27th Sept was amidst  the fuel crisis, hopefully Mark found fuel for his return home. 

Some music from the first half

When you’re smiling, Love (Nat King Cole), Roll out the barrel, Wonderful tonight, Somewhere out there (American tail), the cross hand boogie, El Comanchero, Jurassic park theme, Home alone theme, Somewhere in my memory (home alone), Music for VE day, Alexander’s Rag time band, boogie woogie bugle boy, When the saints come marching in, Sleepy shores (André reeve)

Some music from the second half

Anything goes, lady & the tramp, Diamonds & Pearls, And the waltz goes on, Thinking out load (Ed Sheeran), Trish trash polka, Spanish dance (shostakovich), A medley 1950 -1970s – I will survive (Gaynor), My Girl,  Living doll (Cliff) do wah diddy diddy (Manfred Mann), Here come my baby, The wonder of you (Elvis), Hit the Road Jack, Mac the knife, When you’re smiling, A Rock Roll medley – Dancing the night away,

Encore we’ll meet again.

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Elizabeth Harrison
April 1st, 2020 by Steve Morl

Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison born December 1976 just outside Preston, Lancashire. She has established herself on the concert circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer. Her varied musical repertoire along with her cheerful Lancashire humour has made her one of the country’s favourite performers.

‘Elizabeth’s performances are full of life and expression and her choice of music is interesting with lots of variety. Not a note of sheet music in sight. She loves every minute and feels right at home on stage’. Says Organfax

Elizabeth was last with us on a warm summer evening 26th June 2017. We were treated then to a talented performance of varied styles and musicale genres punctuated with farming humour and stories of her love of tractors.

Elizabeth’s instrument then was a Roland ATELIER Combo AT-350C with Pedal board and a “Tower Organ in a box” module.

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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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