August 16th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 23rd September 2019 Chris Stanbury

Chris is an accomplished keyboard player on the professional circuit. He’s playing extends comfortably across the latest electronic instrument, jazz or classical piano to theatre or classical pipe organ, he dedicatedly applies skill and musicianship whether he’s playing at a concert, social dance, theatre show or wedding party,

Chris was classically trained yet he is equally at home playing jazz and pop music, his music qualifications from  the London College of Music include Bachelor of, and Master of Music degrees. His career has led him to perform at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, playing a premiere of a jazz organ piece at the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, corporate functions and various tours of the Far East, both as a solo performer and session musician, and performances on national TV and BBC Radio 2. 

Chris combines a performing career with that of a music examiner for the London College of Music and that of teacher.

At home he keeps an extensive collection of new and vintage instruments. His present concert instrument is the Yamaha ELS-02X Stagea organ.

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July 23rd, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 2019-07-22 Lewis Scott

 

Lewis, a young and keen instrumentalist provided our concert and was assisted in ‘setting up’ by his family. It was apparent that they are all very enthusiastic, in itself appealing by their dedication. Lewis produced a rounded selection of music with a bias toward theatre organ, all played faultlessly but played ‘straight’ and at a tempo that seemed to warrant a little more pace. His personal style perhaps is still developing together with his audience repartee, nevertheless, so rewarding to see a young and talented performer at the keyboard.

Some of the music played included – Colditz theme, Murder on the orient express, Hushaby mountain, A night in Tunisia, Tenderly, The last waltz (Englelbert Humperdink), Midnight in Moscow. Tonight,  Don’t go breaking my heart, your song (Elton John). Quando Quando, Teco Teco. Stranger on the shore (Acker Bilk). Theme from ET.

After the interval – I’m still standing (Elton john). Stardust, Telstar, My Cherie Amour, Take the ‘A’ train, Titanic theme, A medley from Westside story,

For the encore Co Co Cabana.

Lewis’s instrument was a Roland Atelier AT900C with full pedalboard

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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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May 22nd, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 20th May 2019 Mathew Bason

Mathew’s concert immediately followed our 2019 AGM and that alone was probably enough to subdue us all. The second half of the evening with Mathew on the stage with his Weiltmeister in hand brought the evening to life. His piano accordion (Weiltmeister) playing added to his already established high level of performance on his Roland 350C Dual Keyboard (and pedals plus separate Yamaha P-105). Mathew also gave us a moving sung rendition of “Bring Him home” accompanied by his Ipad!!

Mathew is not a stranger to us and his name is synonymous with that of an accomplished entertainer, in that he did not disappoint.

Amongst Mathew’s music we heard:- Make ‘em’ laugh, in love for the first time, Perfect – Ed Sheeran,  A medley to the world of dance and Bigband, A feline collection, (as Mathew called) including the aristocats, A well sung by Mathew, rendition of; ‘Bring him home’. A selection of Viennese music, blue bell polka (On the Weiltmeister), Samba de Orfeu from Black Orpheus, Grieg – Norwegian Dance no. 2. March militaire, All of me – John Legend, A country and Weston medley, Rhinestone Cowboy, Ring of fire.

Called for an encore Mathew Played the Radetzky March – an all time favourite at the proms!

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