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.
Kevin Grunill has asked us to remind any organ lovers in the Yorkshire area that Chris Powell's concert tomorrow (Saturday 11th January) will not be held at the Paramount Cinema in Penistone, but rather on the superb Allen Digital Theatre Organ installed at St. Andrews Methodist URC church in the town at 2.30 pm. All the proceeds from the concert will go towards the installation project for 2 Compton Cinema Organs in the Astoria Centre, Barnsley! Keep up the good work Kevin!
Hot off the press is 'Electone Player' by Alex Payler and very impressive it looks too!
The album is the result of a concert he performed last year when little did he know that the Senior Vice President of International Artists at Warner Brothers Records was sitting in the audience. After discovering Alex's website he was in touch and expressed his interest in what Alex was doing... After some research Alex discovered that he has worked with artists such as Cher and Madonna and is the main man behind Mischael Buble's international success. Since the fist meeting, he has gone o... Read more.