Despite not being for sale outside of Asian markets, Yamaha Electone organs have continued to thrive. The Stagea ELS-01 series was released in 2004 and as of April, will be superceeded buy a new range, the ELS-02.
The new organ series includes AEM - the Yamaha technology that is behind their stunning Super Articulation sounds, as well as featuring many other sounds and styles found in Tyros4.
The panel layout, however, has not changed - a common feature of new Yamaha instruments designed to aide ease of use when upgrading. Indeed, ELS-01 can be upgraded to ELS-02!... Read more.
Carillon Studios are offering a stunning 20% on all their keyboard software until the end of this month. So if you own a Yamaha, Roland, Ketron, Korg, Solton, Hammond or Technics instrument and fancy giving it a new lease of life, check out their new website www.CarillonStudios.Com Select the drop down "keyboard software" menu and select your brand. Once you've decided what you would like to order, add the coupon code JAN20 to get your discount. You will get a further 25 reward points (w... Read more.
Back in 1978 the London Chapter of ATOS set in motion the Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition, which over the years has given valuable performing and social experience to many aspiring organists. Some, including Janet Dowsett, Martin Harris, Michael Wooldridge, Nicholas Martin and OrganFax's own Ian House are now well known to us all, but there are many more who have enjoyed and benefited hugely from the experience. A full list of past winners can be found here.
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We have had the following message come in from Rod Pooley...
'It has finally come to that time in my career to say farewell to the organ club/ festival circuit.
I still have a TRX organ system which I will be using for all of the concerts I do have already booked in the diary. So don't worry if you have me booked your date will be honoured.
Why you may ask am I doing this? Many reasons. I have a very successful function band now which takes most of my time and is really enjoyable. Also playing to ever decreasing numbers at many organ clubs is soul destroying an... Read more.
Further from our previous news post, a petition has been set up for fans of organ music to show their support for the change that many believe must happen to stop Radio 2s "The Organist Entertains" doing more harm to the organ and keyboard world.
The BBC's weekly radio show on Radio 2, "The Organist Entertains", seems to be be creating increasingly large armounts of negative feedback.
Organist Chris Jones feels that enough is enough and has written directly to Nigel Ogden, the show's presenter, expressing his disappintment in the show's content.