Dorset based society, Wessex Organ World have just presented a hugely successful concert with a difference. Well known organ star, Ian Griffin appeared alongside the hugely talented, Rhiannon Evans who's amazing vocal ability was discovered at last October's Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience where she won the festivals X-Factor competition.
We have heard from their Chairman, Dave Stanley with the following report of the evening:
On March 19th we were treated to one of the best concerts ever held at Wessex Organ World Society. The playing by Ian Griffin was outstanding even though he was in a lot of pain due to a rib injury. Ian is well loved by our members and always gives a great concert.
Rhiannon Evans, appearing at her first organ club, was feeling nervous but gave the performance of a West End star. The reaction from the members to every song was electric. The second half was members requests arranged by Ian. Rhiannon was involved in singing certain numbers. Ian's final rendition of "My Way" brought the members to their feet and they applauded for many minutes.
Having already agreed to an encore, Ian and Rhiannon performed "Time to Say Goodbye". Goodbye was the last thing the members wanted and they again rose to their feet in extended appreciation.
The reaction as the members left the hall was unprecedented with some saying that this was the best concert ever. We all agree that both Ian and Rhiannon cannot come back soon enough.
It was indeed a concert that will live in the memories of the members for some time to come.
Well done W.O.W, yet another example of clubs trying something different and to great success!
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