The family of the Late Brian Sharp would like to thank all Brian’s fans and colleagues in the organ world for the many messages of sympathy and condolence received at this very sad time.
Brian was laid to rest at a private funeral attended by family and close friends on Wednesday 17th February. Floral tributes were provided by the family and memorial donations in lieu of flowers raised £340 for donation to the Deansley Centre Trust Fund at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, from where both Brian and his daughter Joanne had received treatment.
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Andrew Varley is now the proud owner of the Yamaha D Deck believed to be only one of two to be used on the concert circuit.
The D Deck is largely a portable Stagea and quite an uncommon sight in the UK. The instrument is very compact and weighs only 2kg more than the 76 note Tyros 5. It has a 49 note upper keyboard, a 61 note lower keyboard and a 20 note pedalboard. Andrew intends to start using the instrument later in the year for Concerts and for all his Ballroom & Sequence Dances.
Horsham Organ & Keyboard Society have had a late change of artiste. March 9th 2016 will now feature Len Rawle instead of Ian House.
More details can be found on their OrganFax page...
Sadly the organ world has recently lost another of its great musicians, Alan Haven died earlier this month and has recently been given a green burial in Bawtry.
This legendary jazz organist worked alongside legendary 007 composer John Barry on Bond films such as 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger'. His single released in 1965 called 'Image' was frequently used as a theme tune by the offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline. It was also used as a theme by DJ Tony Blackburn.
Alan, who was born in... Read more.
"It's with great sadness that we have to announce that after a battle with cancer, Brian Sharp passed away in the early hours of Tuesday 20th January 2016. The funeral has yet to be arranged but will be for family and close friends only. There are plans however, to hold a memorial concert at some time in the future - details to follow. The family would very much appreciate privacy at this very difficult time".
Our thoughts go to Brian's family at this time.
All to often we hear doom and gloom stories of clubs closing. All to often it is assumed that the economy is the cause or our audiences getting too old. However this is very often not the case.
More frequently the causes are clubs not having enough committee members or volunteers to help out. Worse is when a club folds due to personal grievances between organisers. You would be surprised at the stories we get to hear!
Following one such example where a club closed we are very pleased to tell you the good news of a club relaunching, albeit under a different n... Read more.