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Mark Thompson

Telephone Number :  0191 660 0135   or   07853376675

Email address :  mithompson86@aol.com

Address :  25 The Orchard,  Pity Me,  Durham,  DH1 5DA 

About Mark

Mark has been playing the Electronic organ from the age of seven. After gaining interest he joined the Technics Academy at the age of nine, where he worked his way through grades and entered local competitions, reaching area finals in 1999. Mark was later taught by Chiho Sunamato at the Yamaha School of Music. He began playing concerts at the age of fifteen, and now travels up and down the UK, and abroad, playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions. In 2002 Mark played in, and won, the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and has performed on many of the country's top theatre organs since.

In addition to his work on the organ circuit Mark plays in 60s and 70s band, ‘Wallstreet’, on the keyboards/providing backing vocals, works as musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies and in the orchestra for their shows, and works as vocal coach, accompanist or MD for many North East stage schools, and for musical theatre colleges in both Blackpool and Leeds. Mark also plays cocktail piano at hotels and restaurants across the North East, and for many weddings throughout the year. He often plays with jazz band 'The Fab Dakers Boys' at Newcastle United's football ground, 'St. James' Park', on match days, and also regularly features in the band for 'The Ratpack Vegas Spectacular' show at theatres around the country.

In 2012 Mark was given the job of Musical Director for The Gala Theatre's pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty', in Durham, with a total of 60 performances to play for and conduct, a role which he has performed every year since. This year will be his 6th Panto season, with a run of 73 performances of 'Robinson Crusoe'. One of the highlights of Mark's musical career so far was back in 2010, when he was lucky enough to spend a month in Eilat, Israel, playing and singing with the band 'Skidoo 23'.

A distant memory now, but back in 2007 Mark completed a Mathematics degree at Durham University, which one day he may even use!

       

Mark's Photo Gallery

Mark's Concert Diary

Mark's Festival appearances

Mark will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2018

January 12th

   Chris Powell's Music4You Bournemouth SOLD OUT

May 20th

   St Audries Bay Organ & Keyboard Weekend

August 20th

   Music In Llandudno

September 28th

   Topnote Events - Fareham

October 5th

   Topnote Events - Ilkley

November 2nd

   Topnote Events - Kettering

2019

March 4th

   Association Of Organ Enthusiasts

Concerts in 2018
May 8thBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
May 14thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
May 15thBolton In Tune (BADEOS)
May 17thBournemouth Pavilion
May 21stSt Audries Bay Organ Weeks
May 22ndLaunceston Electronic Organ Club (more details)

Eagle House Hotel. 3 Castle Street. Launceston. PL15 8BA.

June 13thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
June 22ndBriston Organ Shows
June 26thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
August 7thBexley Music Club
August 8thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
August 21stMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndMusical Breaks (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

September 2ndNorthallerton; Music For Northallerton
September 11thSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club
October 23rdNew Forest Organ Society
Concerts in 2019
January 10thSleaford Organ Club
January 16thFife Electronic Organ Society
January 19thRobert Stewart Memorial Church, Newcastle - Charity Concert (more details)

Wingrove Road, Fenham, NE4 9BU. 7pm. For tickets call 07853376675

February 6thNorth Herts Organ Society
February 7thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
February 13thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
March 3rdStilton In Tune
March 5thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert

March 6thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert

March 10thRutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club
March 11thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
March 12thWithernsea Organ Society
March 13thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
March 14thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
March 17thAldermaston Concert Centre
March 18thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
March 20thWatford Organ & Keyboard Club
March 25thLeyland In Tune
March 26thThanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
March 27thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
March 28thStockport Organ & Keyboard Club
May 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
May 14thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club
May 16thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
July 19thCookhill Keyboard Club
September 2ndNuneaton and District Organ Society
September 6thColchester Organ Society
September 9thBanstead Organ and Keyboard Club
September 16thHull - The Organised Music Society (TOMS)
September 17thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
September 18thPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
October 7thNottingham Organ Society
Concerts in 2020
March 26thKingswinford and District Organ Society
May 13thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
September 29thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club