Today (10th June) sees the airing of a half hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 all about the electronic organ. Entitled 'Wayne's World Of The Secret Organ', the programme (presented by fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway) charts the rise and fall of the electronic 'home organ'. Personalities taking part include Nigel Ogden, James Taylor and Brett Wales.
Why not tune in at 11.30am today to hear our kind of music on the radio waves. Also available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days following the broadcast....
On November 5th 1968, Hodges and Johnson (then piano agents) opened their new outlet in Colchester and appointed Classically trained organist-George Fulcher as the manager.
He saw potential and was keen to purchase/sell Hammond organs - eventually managing to convey his enthusiasm for this to the proprietors. With his close pal, Alan Pilgrim (after several `in store` events) `Colchester Hammond Organ Society` was formed and from these humble beginnings the present day society exists (which still meets monthly on t... Read more.
Stan Gande, founder member and former treasurer of the Association of Organ Enthusiasts, passed peacefully away on Friday 14th March.
Stan was a very active sportsman, took up boxing as a young man and was a keen swimmer who devoted a great deal of time encouraging and teaching others to swim.
His whole working career was spent with the Civil Service (with the exception of a break for service in the Royal Navy), rising from entrance as a telegraph boy, where he met his wife Joan, to a senior clerical position with the Home Office.
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Back in 1978 the London Chapter of ATOS set in motion the Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition, which over the years has given valuable performing and social experience to many aspiring organists. Some, including Janet Dowsett, Martin Harris, Michael Wooldridge, Nicholas Martin and OrganFax's own Ian House are now well known to us all, but there are many more who have enjoyed and benefited hugely from the experience. A full list of past winners can be found here.
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Further from our previous news post, a petition has been set up for fans of organ music to show their support for the change that many believe must happen to stop Radio 2s "The Organist Entertains" doing more harm to the organ and keyboard world.
The BBC's weekly radio show on Radio 2, "The Organist Entertains", seems to be be creating increasingly large armounts of negative feedback.
Organist Chris Jones feels that enough is enough and has written directly to Nigel Ogden, the show's presenter, expressing his disappintment in the show's content.