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Phil At The Palace!Phil At The Palace!

Monday 31st January

January 27th saw Phil Kelsall and his family at the Palace with HRH Prince Of Wales to receive his M.B.E for his services to music.

Phil is pictured here with his family after the ceremony. Well done Phil!

650lbs Grand Piano Mysteriously Appears On Florida Sandbar...650lbs Grand Piano Mysteriously Appears On Florida Sandbar...

Sunday 30th January

A 650lbs grand piano has mysteriously appeared on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay - and no one appears to be coming Bach for it!

The piano was placed at the highest point along the sandbar, about 200 yards from shore, so that it doesn't disappear underwater during high tide.

But who put it there - and, almost more importantly, why - remains unknown.

It could have come from one of the condominiums that line the shore of the bay - or it could have come from further afield.

The one thing authorities do know is that unless the instrument turns from a mino... Read more.

Preston Community Concerts - New Venture by Elizabeth Harrison

Monday 17th January

Starting this month, Elizabeth Harrison is organising a series of charity concerts under the name of 'Preston Community Concerts'.

Following the sad news that the Top Note Organ Society in Leyland is to close, Elizabeth decided that it was important to keep music live in the Preston and Leyland areas. In aid of St Catherine's Hospice, on Monday 24th January 2011, 8pm start, Blackpool Tower Organist John Barnett will be performing at Midge Hall Methodist Church, Longmeanygate, Midge Hall, Leyland, PR26 6TD.

The venue is superb, cosy, warm and comfortable with excellent parkin... Read more.

Suprise M.B.E Celebrations For Len Rawle...Surprise M.B.E Celebrations For Len Rawle...

Monday 10th January

Sunday 9th January saw a tribute being made to Len Rawle to congratulate him on being awarded an M.B.E in the Queen's New Years Honours List.

Organised by Friends Of Rye leader, Richard Moore, the afternoon included a slide show with over 100 pictures and messages from artistes and organisers from all over the world offering their congratulations.  Specially invited guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon alongside Len who knew nothing about it!

Well done to all involved and once again Len, congratulations!

New Theatre Organ Heritage And Restoration Centre.

Monday 10th January

The Penistone Cinema Organ Trust is currently working on a new project to install the former Astoria, Purley, Compton organ in it's own premises. The premises will be the first dedicated Theatre Organ Heritage and Restoration centre.

Based on the outskirts of Barnsley only 1 mile or so from M1 junctions 37 and 38 the venture will provide an auditorium, containing the Compton, together with displays and items related to the history of the Cinema Organ in the UK. The centre will be unique in providing dedicated workshop facilities for Cinema Organ restoration, which will be made avail... Read more.

Theatre Organ Announcement!

Sunday 2nd January

We have been given the following statement by Malcom Palmer of the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust.

"All concerts that were planned by the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust for 2011 have been canceled with immediate effect due to the closure of the former Buttermarket. This is due to circumstances beyond the control of the STOT. Should the situation change i.e. If the build should be either purchased or leased, an announcement will be made on Organfax. Although not our fault, the Shopshire Theatre Organ Trust ... Read more.

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