We are deeply saddened to annouce that Nigel Makepeace has sadly passed away.
The founder of Keysound was known to many for his kind and caring nature, and was a beloved figure in the organ and keyboard world. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Nigel will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this sad time.
Steve, Ria, and Paul at Keysound have made a book of condolence available here.
The May/June issue of Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine is out now. Do you already subscribe? If not, it comes highly recommended!
This edition sees another packed issue, with features including a look at the new Hammond Organ, the SK Pro from Bonners Music Superstore, and an in depth chat with organist Byron Jones, learning about his life accompanying big name stars in cabaret, through touring his own shows, to owning two theatre organs. There's also first looks at new keyboards from Casio Music and Yamaha Music Europe, plus our usual hints and tips from top professiona... Read more.
After this last year, I'm sure a break away is just what we all need! What better way to spend it than at one of the many organ and keyboard festivals that are on offer.
Many organisers have been forced to postpone or even cancel events during the last year but with a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel - dates are now planned from the Autumn onwards.
Check out our Festival Directory for more information*
*more dates being added in due course
Hi all, it's been a while since we've posted as the world went a little bit crazy for a while and our beloved music scene got put on hold! That said, over the last few weeks, we have been starting to hear about some of your plans to get back up and running again and we are wishing you all the best of luck!
Along with so many things in the world, Covid has hit our organ clubs and artistes hard but we hope and pray that there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel and from the Summer onwards, we can look forward to hearing live music once again and g... Read more.
Like many venues, the Astoria Centre at Barnsley is currently unable to open to present its regular series of dances and concerts. In response to this, the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust has recorded a special series of episodes called “At The Astoria”. The first of these is now available to watch online via YouTube and features none other than Blackpool’s ‘Maestro of Music’ - Phil Kelsall MBE at the console of the magnificent Compton organ.
We have just heard about this newly released book outlining the history of the Wurlitzer theatre organ at the Musical Museum at Kew Bridge. I'm sure this will be of great interest to many of you. For more details, visit their OrganFax page .
A brief outlne...
A new book to celebrate an iconic instrument invented to be a substitute orchestra to accompany silent films.
It could be said that the Wurlitzer organ was an early synthesizer, for the pipework was made to sound like instrum... Read more.
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