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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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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August 16th, 2019 by Steve Morl

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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March 1st, 2018 by Steve Morl

Dirkjan Ranzijn

Dirkjan was born in 1968, thirty miles north of Amsterdam in a town called Alkmaar. Dirks father Leen was a painter and decorator not a musician himself. However his paternal grandfather’s hobby was to play violin for the Royal Dutch Orchestra. Being an only child Dirk’s parents were able to encourage their son by introducing him to a variety of activities, including visits to the theatre, circus and musicals from a very early age. Dirk was excited by the applause, lighting effects and audience participation. He was encouraged to act and sing in school productions. At ten years of age ‘Sinterklaas’, , the Dutch equivalent of Father Christmas brought him a Bontempi keyboard. After a week Dirk’s father realised his son was playing ‘Jingle Bells’. which Dirk had taught himself by ear. A teacher was quickly recruited to encourage the budding musician. He matured and a great career evolved featuring many musical genres with much travel and international performances. Dirk’s 25th solo album has been released and is a great success. In 2012 Dirk had his big break through Danish television in a very popular Evening Show, this led to his own 2 hour TV show and a one hour documentary about his life and work in Show Business. In 2015 Dirk was the ‘Orchestra’ during 6 Saturday Evening shows on Dutch Television. All together his television career spans over the 25 tv shows.
Acknowledgement http://www.organfax.co.uk

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