International Organist Tony Wilson is making a whistle stop tour of the UK this week, flying in from his Los Angeles home to play just two concerts (6th & 8th May), both as fund raising events for the Rye Wurlitzer Academy, which Tony believes is the most wonderful organ tuition project in the world.
Tony lives in Los Angeles and has two major aspects to his life. His first passion was the organ and in his teens he was an active member of a youth organisation called the Young Organists Association, who encouraged young Americans to play the theatre and electronic organ. As well as a wonderful career playing concerts, Tony has enjoyed many jobs as resident organist in Pizza Parlours, playing large theatre organs in American restaurants where you have a pizza supper with entertainment on the Wurlitzer, hence the themed "pizza and pipes" concert on 8th. After some years, Tony decided to have a change and a new challenge to life, so whilst he still plays many concerts and is also working as featured artist for Rodgers and Roland instruments, he decided to stop playing in pizza parlours and began a new strand to his working life.
Tony is now Vice President of Motion Picture magic, a firm who work making links between major brands and the major film and TV studios, including Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks and Universal, so when you next watch a film and see products and brands on screen, it may be that Tony was the man who put them there!
Tony will be playing a concert with Michael Wooldridge on the two Wurlitzers of Singing Hills Golf Course at 7pm this Wednesday, 6th May, and for a Pizza and Pipes evening on the Rye Wurlitzer at 7.30pm this Friday, 8th May. Tickets and more information for Singing Hills from Honor on 01903 817 116 during office hours or for Rye from Richard on 01424 444 058.
Whilst he is in the UK, Tony will also be running some special masterclass events for students of the Rye Wurlitzer Academy and will be travelling down to hear Michael Wooldridge play the UK’s oldest Wurlitzer in concert in the Congregational Church, Beer, Devon, at 2pm on Saturday 9th May.
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