Mercure Hotel, Bewdley

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Musical Breaks

Telephone Number :  01384 274500

Email address :  musicalbreaks@btinternet.com

Contact name :  George Ingley

Venue address : Mercure Kidderminster Hotel, Habberley Road, Bewdley, Nr Kidderminster, Worcs, DY12 1LA

About Musical Breaks

We have changed the name of this page to Musical Breaks to reflect the fact that we now hold events at both Bewdley and Llandudno.The Bewdley events were originally known as Brian Sharp Musical Breaks. The decision was made  to change the name to Bewdley Musical Breaks when Brian decided to cut back on his work load and take more of a back seat regarding festival production and appearances.

Sadly Brian passed away on 19th January 2016, but as we have had a close working relationship with him over many years it seems approprate to include a few details regarding his outstanding career.

Brian Sharp was probably the most well-known organist in the UK. His career spanning over fifty years, encompassed all aspects of the Theatre and Electronic Organ World.

His professional career started at Dudley Hippodrome as an organist in variety shows and reviews, and following an enforced break for national service in the RAF he secured a summer residency at the Embassy Ballroom in Skegness with the winter months being spent at the up market La Reserve theatre restaurant in Sutton Coldfield where he accompanied big name cabaret stars like Des O'Connor, Frankie Vaughan and The Beverley Sisters. Brian's musical reputation soon spread and he was in great demand for Radio broadcasts on the BBC Light Programme in the Midlands during the 1960's.

Brian appeared on the popular Charlie Chester music show for twenty years, made other frequent appearances on Radio 2 and was part of the house band for the illustrious Pebble Mill at One and Saturday Night at the Mill BBC television shows throughout the 70's, where he cemented his reputation as a musical director, working with the likes of Roy Orbison and Gene Pitney.

Brian was a pioneer of the art of generating authentic string sounds from electronic organs and because of his unique sound his many solo tours during the early 1970's were often billed as showcases by organ companies, such as Hammond, Lowrey and Bentley. Particularly in Japan, Brian would receive star treatment as one of the day's top organists when he would make extended tours playing the Kawai organ in front of thousands of fans.

He always enjoyed enormous respect from his fellow organists for his superb arrangement and orchestration skills, which are clearly demonstrated when you listen to any of his recordings.

In the 1980's Brian was offered a residency at Sandford Park in Dorset, where his love for the theatre organ was re-ignighted and he spent fifteen years delighting holiday audiences on the Christie, piano and various electronic instruments.

Over the years Brian organised and appeared at many organ events and festivals and in 2010 joined forces with the Ingley Family, who also have had many years of experience in organising and presenting organ events, to present Brian Sharp Musical Breaks at the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel at Bewdley in the heart of beautiful rural Worcestershire.

Brian's CD's are still available by mail order from MSS Studios, Rhiwlas,Cae Deintur, DOLGELLAU, LL40 2YS. Tel: 01341 422115 or go to organs.uk

A total of £1532 has been donated to the Deanesly Centre Trust Fund following the Brian Sharp Memorial Concert held at the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel on Monday 26th September.

The following letter of thanks was received from the Sharp Family.

Dear George and Diane

Brian Sharp Memorial Concert – 26 September 2016

We would be happy if you could put this letter on your website.

We would like to thank you, Diane and David for the wonderful memorial concert you organised in honour of our late father.  The respect and reverence paid to dad by yourselves and the performers was both moving and comforting.

Please pass on our gratitude to Howard Beaumont, Jean Martyn and David Ingley for whom our father had not just professional respect, but personal fondness too.  Our mother, Stella, before passing away, was keen for you to arrange the concert, as both our parents had trust in your ability and integrity.   We would also like to thank all the lovely people, many of whom travelled a great distance, to support the event, and were loyal followers over many years. 

It is wonderful that you raised so much for dad’s chosen charity, the Deanesly Centre at New Cross Hospital and we are sure that our loving parents would be very proud.

With heartfelt thanks,

Joanne, Gaynor, Nigel and Samantha

(Sharp Family)

 

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Musical Breaks's Concert Diary

2018
August 20thDavid Ingley (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 20thIan Griffin (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 21stIan Griffin (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 21stMark Thompson (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndMark Thompson (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndPete Shaw (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndTony Whittaker (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 23rdKevin Morgan (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 23rdKevin Morgan (more details)

Afternoon Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 23rdDavid Ingley (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 23rdTony Whittaker (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

September 23rdDavid Ingley (more details)

Music in the Bar, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 24thDavid Ingley (more details)

Evening Concert Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 24thAndy Oakley, Comedian (more details)

Evening Show featuring Comedy and Song, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 25thDavid Ingley (more details)

Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 25thChris Powell (more details)

Informal Afternoon Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 25thHoward Beaumont (more details)

Evening Show, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 25thChris Powell (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 26thDavid Ingley (more details)

Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 26thByron Jones B.E.M (more details)

Informal Afternoon Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 26thHoward Beaumont (more details)

Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 26thByron Jones B.E.M (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

September 27thDavid Ingley (more details)

Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

2019
August 19thDavid Ingley (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 19thChris Stanbury (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 20thChris Stanbury (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 20thElizabeth Harrison (more details)

Afternoon and Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 20thChris Powell (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 21stChris Powell (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 21stJohn Cooper (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 21stKevin Morgan (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndKevin Morgan (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndDavid Ingley (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndJon Smith (more details)

Evening Concert with Chiho Sunamoto, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndChiho Sunamoto (more details)

Evening Concert with Jon Smith, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

September 30thDavid Ingley (more details)

Music in the Bar, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 1stDavid Ingley (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 1stSteve Hubble (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 2ndDavid Ingley (more details)

Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 2ndSteve Hubble (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 2ndIan Griffin (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 2ndAndy Oakley, Comedian (more details)

Evening Show featuring Comedy and Song, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 3rdDavid Ingley (more details)

Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 3rdIan Griffin (more details)

Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 3rdBrett Wales (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 3rdMichael Wooldridge (more details)

Afternoon and Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 4thDavid Ingley (more details)

Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel