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Wurlitzer Concert

Posted: Saturday 8th June

Joe Marsh, Damon Willets, Cameron Lloyd and David Ivory will be in concert on the original 1939 Wurlitzer of the Opera House, Blackpool to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Theatre Organ Club, WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE 2012 at 2.00pm.

You are invited to go along and indulge in an afternoon of wonderful music performed by four fine and entertaining organists on what is the only publicly playing original Wurlitzer installation in a cinema/theatre in the UK .

Tickets are only £5.00 and are available at the BoxOffice on the day. Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.

About the organists :

JOE MARSH has performed in concerts throughout the British isles as well as the United States. He has a number of recordings to his credit and has been heard on the BBC radio programme "The Organist Entertains" as well as Radio Hilversum in Holland. He has composed a selection of music some of which has been published.

DAMON WILLETS first began playing the Piano at the age of six and attained grade six in the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music examinations under the instruction of Gladys Walker and also Winston Flavell. With this aptitude together with an love of popular, tuneful music, he found himself much in demand as a hotel pianist from the age of seventeen.Damon has been on the organ circuit for several years now and is the proud owner of the Ex - Granada Grantham 3/5 Compton organ.

CAMERON LLOYD became addicted to the Theatre Organ at the age of eleven after a paying a visit to the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. He was encouraged by the City Organist, Steve Tovey, who permitted Cameron to practice on his electronic organ at home in addition to the 4/57 Compton organ at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Cameron has been a full-time organist for over 10 years, performing primarily for Ballroom and Sequence dancing as well as concerts. He was delighted to play at the Odeon Leicester Square in 2005 and has played for public dancing at the Tower Ballroom, Empress Ballroom, and Spanish hall in Blackpool on numerous occasions and is also resident organist at Bilston Town Hall playing the Compton installed there each and every Thursday.

DAVID IVORY was taught by John Fear and was organist of St Marys Church, Bury St Edmunds. During the 1970s he was organist of the Rex cinema, Stratford. It was here Davids concert career started out, and he was soon playing for concerts in venues across the UK, including the Granada Cinemas. Since the early 80's, David has been resident organist at the Mechanical Music Museum in Cotton, Suffolk, where he plays the 2/11 Wurlitzer, which originated from the Leicester Square theatre, several times per week. David's well defined playing style continues to be in demand today all over the country.


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