We have been sent the following news item from Roger Fisher at LTOT (Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Peel Green).
Robert Hope-Jones (1859-1914), well known organ builder of Victorian times, who started work in Birkenhead, went on to join the Wurlitzer Company in America, and earned himself the title “Father of the Theatre Organ”. He died exactly a hundred years ago, on 13th September 1914. Coinciding with the centenary of his death comes the following am... Read more.
Fiona and Vanessa Lake have asked us,
"If there are any musicians out there who knew our wonderful dad, Brian Lake, who died last summer. My sister, Vanessa and I, Fiona, are compiling an album of photos and stories about dad to celebrate his life. Dad played sax, clarinet and of course piano. And as his career developed he moved into the development of the organ. Any help would be appreciated".
If you have any information you can contact Fiona and Vanessa Lake on their email
John & Jackie Romero (Carillon Studios & OrganFax) are just about settled at their new home in Middlewich and now have new contact details.
Telephone: (01606) 270148
Post: 39 Brooks Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 0JG
Exactly 45 years to the night since the opening show with George Blackmore, the Guernsey Electronic Organ Society held its final ever concert on Wednesday 16th July with Chris Powell. Sadly, a combination of ever increasing air and ferry fares coupled with the island's relative isolation have meant that it has become increasingly difficult to keep things going.... That said, July 16th saw a larger than usual crowd assemble at the delightful Peninsula Hotel, who were treated to a wonderful 'pre-concert play in' from Gerald Henshaw, followed by Chris Powell's 9th visit to play the... Read more.
Following our news BBC news article (four items down) we have found another radio program dedicated to organ and keyboard music.
Michael Wellby (chairman of the East Coast Organ Society - ECOS) hosts a program on Coastal FM every Wednesday night at 9.00pm and repeats Sunday at midday. Don't worry if you can't receive Coastal FM on your radio as it is also streamed from their website.
In addition you will often find artiste interviews which can be... Read more.
Today (10th June) sees the airing of a half hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 all about the electronic organ. Entitled 'Wayne's World Of The Secret Organ', the programme (presented by fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway) charts the rise and fall of the electronic 'home organ'. Personalities taking part include Nigel Ogden, James Taylor and Brett Wales.
Why not tune in at 11.30am today to hear our kind of music on the radio waves. Also available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days following the broadcast....