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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November 29th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 27th Nov 2017 – Michael Sullivan

 

It was a cold November night perhaps that had an effect on the instrument Michael had with him to play? The adage, ‘Putting all your eggs in one basket’ never seemed more relevant. Perhaps we forget that’s what our artistes do when they sit in front of us with their ‘one’ instrument on which to entertain us for the evening. When things go wrong with the keyboard what do you do in front of that audience who expect to be entertained, but you as the performer are sat at the keyboard of a broken instrument? It was particularly the instruments foot pedals, these latched to the last note played and held the note. For Michael it must have been disastrous for his confidence and ability to entertain, it wasn’t really until the second half of the evening when Michael began to overcome problems with the instrument and his performance recovered.

A flavour of the pieces played included; Anything goes, Sleepy Shores, Liberty Bell, Puppet on a string, The Sound of Music, Buddy Holly pieces, Arrivederci Roma, A Gershwin selection, Tiger Rag, Maple leaf Rag, On the sunny side of the street, She wears red feathers, a TV medley including Cross Roads and Z Cars, and toward the evenings conclusion, MacArthur park.

Michael played a Yamaha Tyros 4 with 2 Yamaha MSR 250 powered speakers plus Ketron midi pedals linked to a Roland SC 33 sound module.

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November 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 27th November 2017 – Mike Sullivan

 

Family commitments have taken Michael away from performing until recently but we will be pleased to welcome him this Nov 27th 2017.

Michael plays a Yamaha Tyros 4 with 2 Yamaha MSR 250 powered speakers plus Ketron midi pedals linked to a Roland SC 33 sound module.

He latterly has played for St Helens, Southport, in Lincoln and for Bolton In Tune on August 15th 2017.

His internet radio performances include, Organ 1st Radio in January, February, May and June this year.

The programme is a monthly internet programme presented by Alan Ashton. www.organradio.com

 

 

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