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.
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
Visiting us 19th August 2019 Dave Smith
Photo credit – organ fax
Dave began playing the piano at 4 years old. At 7 he entered a competition organized by Carroll Levis. Dave was the youngest entrant he couldn’t reach the pedals on the grand piano of the old Grand Theatre, but he played an acceptable “Oh Mein Papa.” “Too young,” was the verdict of Mr Levis, but David, promised “I’ll be back.”
He was encouraged by his father to take classical music lessons with a Piano teacher a progressed through the entire eight grades of Associated Board Piano Examinations, passing all with Distinction.
As time went by Dave grew into and developed an illustrious career, he become musical director in cabaret clubs in and around Manchester. he was MD for stars like Morecambe & Wise, Ken Dodd and Tony Hancock, later appearing in a Royal Command Performance in the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret.
Presently Dave has a group called “Jeriactric Jazz” playing in many venues around the Lancashire area.
he’s also the Musical Director, Organist and Choir Master at the church of St. Anne in his local village.
This year, Dave is celebrating 60 years in the music business !
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.
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.