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Message From Janet Dowsett...Message From Janet Dowsett

Tuesday 31st July

Due to unforeseen circumstances Janet Dowsett will not be appearing at this year's final Pakefield Festival for Sceptre Promotions and thinks it unlikely that she will be attending the Hemsby and Blackpool Festivals in the Spring of next year also. 

Janet wanted to stress that she is still very much 'on the road' as a concert organist playing both theatre and electronic organs and has a healthy diary of bookings ahead of her.  She is certainly not 'retiring' or 'moving to other things' and will continue to be available for bookings from Concert Secretaries for 2013 and bey... Read more.

New Website For Rye Wurlitzer AccademyNew Website For Rye Wurlitzer Accademy

Wednesday 25th July

The Rye Wurlitzer Academy has a brand new website where you can see all about the remarkable strides they are making in teaching young people to play the organ, plus, in the scrapbook section, photos and summaries of their special events and trips to date, including a daily blog of their visit to the American Theatre Organ Society Convention in Los Angeles.

Take a look now, it really is remarkable what they are doing!

New ClubNew Club Announced!

Friday 20th July

In these hard times where everyone is convinced the "organ world" is on its last legs, there is still some good news! We would like to welcome a brand new club to the the OrganFax family.

Run by Tony Stace and his wife Louise, Music for Northallerton shows the way things can be done. More details will appear on their page shortly and we invite you to visit their Music for Northallerton OrganFax page for mo... Read more.

Jon Lord DiesJon Lord Dies

Tuesday 17th July

Rocker Jon Lord, who founded Deep Purple and co-wrote their most famous song, Smoke On The Water, has died aged 71. The Leicester born keyboard player, who had pancreatic cancer, died in London today.

A statement on his website said he had passed "from Darkness to Light". The statement also said Lord was "surrounded by his loving family" when he died.

Last year, Lord told fans he was "fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure".

Jon started playi... Read more.

Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust News

Sunday 15th July

News has been received from the new owner of Shrewsburys Buttermarket that the three manual 12 rank [ex-Ritz cinema Chatham Wurlitzer] will be allowed to remain in the venue. In the not to distant future, it could be this year, the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust hope to start to run monthly organ concerts again.

The Trust [who own the organ] have been running concerts since it was installed in the building in 1988 up to 2010 when the building was closed after being placed into administration. Since then the property has been sold on and a £1 million re-furbishment ... Read more.

Music In The MallMusic In The Mall

Saturday 14th July

As we have mentioned previously in OrganFax news, Andover shoppers were treated to the sound of music on Saturday 30 June – music provided by top Dutch musician, DirkJan Ranzijn.

The entertainment was provided as part of the Chantry Centre’s Community Calendar and Dirk performed tirelessly throughout the day to help raise funds for Andover Young Carers. Sponsored by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society, Dirk entertained the s... Read more.

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