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Hammond Player Session Day

Friday 21st May

Production Room in Leeds have a Hammond B3 Mk2 in store complete with Leslie and are running a Hammond Player Session day on Thursday 27th May with Malcolm Deakin and Barrie Freeman from Hammond. There will be two separate sessions:

Set 1 will start at 14:30pm

This session will be a general workshop/clinic plus product knowledge featuring all the current Hammond and Leslie Speaker Range including the new B-3 MK2. There will plenty of time for Q&A as well as hands on time.

Set 2 will start at 19:30pm

This session will focus on "MEET THE B" taki... Read more.

Phil Kelsall To Return To Rye...Phil Kelsall To Return To Rye...

Saturday 15th May

Friends Of Rye Wurlitzer are delighted to remind you that the next festivity of theatre organ entertainment is Sunday 23rd May at Rye College.
 
They have a real treat, their artiste for the afternoon will be Phil Kelsall resident organist at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool for the past 30 odd years.
 
Phil performs at Rye every two years, and, on a personal note as well as giving him a warm welcome  they are very excited about this visit.  Since he played last they have had a lot done to the organ both in appearance and performance progress.  With ... Read more.

John Mann's Folly...John Mann's Folly...

Tuesday 4th May

Saturday 1st May saw John Mann play a spectacular concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer in the Old Time Fun Fair at Folly Farm much to the delight of the large audience who travelled from near and far to hear it.
 
John played a varied programme including some duets with himself, using the "playback" facility of the Wurlitzer and accompanying it on the grand piano. John also used this facility to accompany the song and dance number "If I only had a brain" from the Wizard of Oz.
 
The night also saw the launch of the new CD John has recorded on the Wurlitzer, which is... Read more.

Dirk's Asda Extravaganza!Dirk's Asda Extravaganza!

Tuesday 4th May

The ASDA store in Andover was filled with the sound of music on 30 April when the ever-popular DirkJan Ranzijn performed tirelessly throughout the day to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dirk, who was sponsored by the Weyhill Electronic Organ Society, entertained customers and staff members alike with his excellent selection of music and the commendable sum of £594 was collected for the Charity.  The event was supported by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley who clearly enjoyed the occasion and the entertainment on offer.

Grateful than... Read more.

Michael & Mantovani!Michael & Mantovani!

Saturday 24th April

The mighty Compton organ at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, was featured to a packed house of around 1,400 patrons by organist Michael Wooldridge last Sunday when he appeared as special guest with the legendary Mantovani Orchestra. 

Using the orginal Mantovani scores, in the presence of the great man's son, Kenneth Mantovani, the orchestra was conducted by Roderick Dunk, who often directs major orchestras around the world but including the Halle orchestra and the BBC's Friday Night Is Music Night, along with leader Cynthia Fleming, from the BBC Concert Orchestra. 

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New Kent Organ FestivalNew Kent Organ Festival

Tuesday 20th April

Carillon Festivals (John and Jackie Romero) will be running what we believe to be the first Organ & Keyboard Festival in Kent in just a few weeks time. May 14th - 17th. It will be their first Organ & Keyboard event outside of Eastbourne and has both a stunning line up and a great new venue.

Ryan Edwards, Elizabeth Harrison, Pete Shaw and Chris Jones will be the featured artists during the festival. As well as hosting the event, John Romero, who has recently returned to the organ society circuit will also be playing in concert during the weekend. Musicland will also be adding... Read more.

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