Here is news of a series of events that may help organisers and players alike.
Yamaha are running a series of evenings packed with useful advice, demonstrations and top tips from the professionals on ‘Best PA Practice’.
Ever found yourself faced with the task of 'doing the sound' for an organ concert, a pub gig, at your kids’ school play or a local church gathering? When you agree to it, it doesn't seem so bad but when you find yourself there on the night, sitting behind the mixing desk with feedback howling around the stage whilst the crowd glares at you e... Read more.
Yesterday 5th October saw the funeral for Nick Swift. The Chapel was full and standing room was arranged outside as over 200 people attended the memorial Woodlands.
Music was played by Michael Wooldridge, the eulogy was given by Colin Ford and the ceromony was conducted by Rev Ann Parker.
Many of the guests which included family, friends, customers, musicians and leading names in the music business stayed an hour or so to swap stories about Nick.
Following several years of hard work by the Furness Theatre Organ Project Group, the work to install a Wurlitzer pipe organ into the superb Royalty Cinema in Bowness, Windermere will finally come to fruition this weekend when international organist Chris Powell is joined by David Shepherd and David Ivory for a Gala Concert on Saturday 6th October @ 2pm followed by a showing of Harold Lloyd's 'Safety Last' (silent film) with David Ivory at the organ.
The 2-manual, 7 rank organ was originally installed in Ohio, USA before being shipped to the Rex Cinema in Stratford, Lon... Read more.
The home music world has been shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Nick Swift of Swift Music at the age of only 57. He was widely known for his unstinting support of organists, organ societies and music festivals throughout the country and the contribution he made is immeasurable.
Nick and his wife Margaret opened their organ, piano and keyboard shop in Bristol in September 2000. Nick had previously run his own business in finance and Margaret had been employed in the civil service. Together they resolved to run the kind of business that they wo... Read more.
We have just been informed of an open invitation to anyone who would like to celebrate Nick's life. His funeral will be Friday 5th October at 1.30pm at Woodlands, just north of Bristol, BS35 3TA.
Please do not bring or send flowers as there will be family flowers only. A collection box will be available on the day or donations can be made through BCM Funeral Directors, 177 Crow Lane, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7DR.
Brian Sharp Musical Breaks are once again holding an event at the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel, Habberley Road, Kidderminster, DY12 1LA, which runs from Tuesday16th until Thursday 18th October 2012.
The three day event presented by the legendary Brian Sharp, former resident organist at La Reserve, Sutton Coldfield and many other Midland venues during the late seventies and eighties, also features concerts of popular music performed by top organ and keyboard players Matthew Bason, DirkJan Ranzijn from Holland and David Ingley plus an evening of comedy with Andy Oakley.
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