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 27th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 28th October 2019 Chris Jones

Chris’s interest in music began at 11 with piano he moved to the electronic organ at 13 and by the time he was 14 he was performing for Orpington organ society and his school. Later work found him a role as Deputy organist at the Streatham Ice rink. In 1985 Chris met David Lingwood at the first Caister Keyboard Festival and then after he turned professional. He has played for many societies all over Britain and at most major festivals. In 1991 he worked as Showroom Manager for Wersi at their UK headquarters in Purley in 1994 for GIG Sounds in Streatham, South London in 1995 at Rose-Morris in the West End. In 1996 he was offered the job as Manager of Roland Friday Keyboards, but in January 1997 Roland Friday sold the retail business to Music Land.  Chris continues to work for them on a part time basis with David Harrild.
Chris’s musical tastes cover a broad spectrum, though he is particularly keen on Musicals, Marches, Romantic Ballads and Latin American.  

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