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Sad LossSad Loss

Monday 28th April

We have been asked to mention the sad passing of ILOMS founder member, Mike Holmes.

He was instrumental in the moving of the Christie organ from Clacton to it`s present location in Castle Hill reformed church-Dryden Road-Ipswich. He was always at hand and his invaluable expertise was often called upon when a problem regarding the organ was encountered. He will be sadly missed by the team and his friends.

John Mann Celebrates 75!John Mann Celebrates 75!

Monday 14th April

John Mann will be celebrating his 75th birthday on 20th June this year, and by way of celebration he is having a special birthday show at Portslade Town Hall on Saturday 21st June for his friends, family and members of his Appreciation Society. 

John and friends will be playing the Compton/Christie organ, which will be followed by a buffet, and the limited tickets are already being snapped up quickly for what will be an afternoon of music, fun and generally having a good time.  Please note there will be no tickets available on the door, pre-booking only. 

If y... Read more.

News From Colchester, 45 Years On!News From Colchester, 45 Years On!

Sunday 13th April

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.

Keyplay4u is Back.……Bigger & BetterKeyplay4u is Back... Bigger & Better

Saturday 12th April

Keyplay4u is returning to the market place now run by Esquin Jonker & Matthew Carman. They are proud to announce that they have released some new tuitional DVD's for Organ & Keyboard. Trick of the Trades Vol. 3 & 4 are now available. As before the DVD's are aimed very much at the home player and will cover many easy to execute techniques. The old saying of 'a picture paints a thousand words'  is so true when it comes to learning those 'Tricks of the Trade'.

Keyplay4u are also now stocking a wide range of instruments and accessories. Their range of Digital  P... Read more.

Organists Online!Organists Online!

Friday 11th April

Want to see all your favourite organists from the comfort of your armchair?  Look no further!

Basildon Keyboard Club's You Tube Channel now has 88 clips (and growing) of all your favourites in concert mode... that's around four and a half hours of great music!

Check it out here!

Jelani Hits a MillionJelani Hits a Million

Thursday 10th April

World renowned concert musician, Jelani Eddinton, has become the first theatre organist to have a YouTube video to score over a million 'hits'!  His 'Star Wars Symphonic Suite', recorded on the 5/80 Wurlitzer at the Sanfilippo residence was recorded and produced by young American organist Donnie Rankin.

As for why the video has attracted so many viewers, Jelani said he thinks the success is down to the fact that many people associate the pipe organ with churches: "I think a lot ... Read more.

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