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An Evening with Chiho Sunamoto & Jon Smith

Posted: Friday 16th July

An Evening with Chiho Sunamoto & Jon Smith

Presented by "The Burgess Hill Keyboard Club"

Friday 3rd September 2010 at 7.30pm (Doors open at 6.45pm)

Martlets Hall - Civic Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9NN

Tickets are £7.00 and available in from The Martlets Box Office or The Burgess Hill Keyboard Club. Please contact Rosalie on Tel: 01444-241269/239656 or Email: BHKClub@aol.com

For further Information see the The Burgess Hill Keyboard Club website

Soft Drinks,Tea & Coffee are included in the admission ticket price. Also there will be a Club Raffle & Licensed Bar A treat of musical delight with a fun atmosphere, a great night of top class musical entertainment is guaranteed, as two of the finest keyboard players in the country will be here to entertain us!

Chiho Sunamoto - who has recently been described as "The Vanessa May of the Organ & Keyboard World", brings a breath of fresh air onto the keyboard scene. Originally from Matsuyama, in the South of Japan, Chiho began by learning the piano at the age of 3, from there progressing at the age of 9 to the local Yamaha Music School to learn the art of organ playing. During Chiho's time at St. Katerina University, where she studied opera singing, piano and classical organ, she became one of the youngest people to pass Yamaha's top exam, Grade 3 Music Diploma. Twice Chiho was a finalist in the Yamaha Electone (organ) Festival, which led to offers of work from Yamaha as an overseas demonstrator and contracts with two of Japan's major TV stations where she composed and performed for a variety of shows. After leaving University, Chiho continued to tour as an overseas demonstrator for Yamaha, performing in 42countries. In 1986 she settled in the North East of England and has continued to perform both nationally and internationally. As well as performing, Chiho teaches organ and piano, and is the only female in Europe to hold Yamaha top exam passes in Piano, Organ and Music Fundamentals. Since being based in the UK, Chiho has released 8 CDs, 9 cassettes and a video featuring a range of music. She has also released several software discs and music books for Yamaha. Notable public performances include:- Edinburgh Festival, Becks Theatre London, Blackpool Tower Centenary concert which was broadcast live on Radio 2, the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, and the Fairfield Hall, Croydon. Her latest TV performance is part of the Channel 4 documentary series about the organ, entitled "Howard Goodall's Organ Works" Her diverse musical tastes that includes classical composers through Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff to Frank Sinatra, ensures there is something for everyone in her performances.

Jon Smith has been a professional musician for over 25 years and giving public performances since he was 11 years old. He was involved with the development of the first Digital Organ in Germany with HOHNER. Jon is truly an INTERNATIONAL performer, having entertained thousands of people all over the world, from Shanklin to Toronto, Scarborough to Barbados, U.S.A., Canada, Europe, aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean. He has also worked along with international stars in top cabaret venues and played extensively in the U.K. delighting audiences in Summer Shows on the East Coast and the Isle of Wight. He has proved to be much in demand playing for Strict Tempo Dancing. His unique style combined with his vocal talents are a rare combination adding a new dimension to both dances and concerts. His recent concert appearances in the UK have been well received, and although very busy with his highly successful 'JON SMITH DANCE & PARTY BREAKS' and Dances in South Yorkshire he still tries to fit in at least one concert performance per month. He has recently produced a CD entitled 'Some Enchanted Evening'.


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