Last year David Windle announced his new summer season residency on the North Pier in Blackpool. Here he presented a series of organ concerts on the Yamaha FX20 three times a week giving 12 hours of organ music to its visitors.
Unfortunately, due to budget cuts the concerts will not be reinstated for the 2010 season.
We wish David well and hope that the management at the Pier may reconsider their decision.
2nd October 2010 will see the next UK Electronic Organ Competition which is being held at Park United Reformed Church in Reading.
There are 3 categories for the competition:
* Under 12's
* 13 - 17 year olds
* 18 years and over (no upper age limit)
Entry to Competition is first by submitting a recording (audio/video) to enter Preliminary. The deadline is the 2nd May 2010. Those successful will play in the Final on 2nd October 2010.
Previous competitions have seen performers f... Read more.
Although not exactly 'organ world' news, we thought you would like to know that Carillon Festivals have just announced that Tony Compton and "The Guvn'er" Jack Emblow are to appear at their Eastbourne Accordion Festival (19th-22nd February 2010). Jack, who is possibly the UK's most famous accordion player is known by many for his time on Sunday on Radio 2 programme "Sing Something Simple", one of the longest running programs on BBC Radio. More details can be found on the Read more.
The Welsh Wizard himself, Byron Jones has confirmed the line up for 2 of his forthcoming festivals.
His first event at the Belvedere Hotel in Bournemouth will feature Matthew Bason, Elizabeth Harrison, Janet Dowsett, Paul McCulloch & Byron along with Harmony Music.
Saturday morning will be at the Pavillion Theatre with Byron And Matthew on the Compton at 10.00 am for 1 hour. If you are around call in and see them?
If any local people would like to come in for the concerts over the weekend phone 07788442071. At this moment in time there are still some... Read more.
Promoting the Theatre Organ -The Way Forward What is the future of the theatre organ? Who cares?
Join a special FREE one-day conference organised by the Cinema Organ Society to exchange ideas and thoughts about spreading the word about theatre organ (and electronic organ) entertainment for the years ahead.
The conference takes place on Saturday 20th February 2010, between 11.30 to 17.00 at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
• Do you help to run a successful venue?
• Are you worried about declining audiences?
• How can we take ... Read more.
Brett Wales and Chris Powell are delighted to announce that they have now raised £700 for their chosen charity following the recent success of their inaugural organ festivals.
The money has been raised over their 2 organ festival weekends in Bournemouth for Stepping Stones. The group is run by parents, for parents and carers of children with Down Syndrome in North Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. The charity is very dear to Chris & Brett as it is run by a close friend who's daughter Gemma has Downs Syndrome and has told us of the wonderful work that they do.Read more.