Alan studied both classical piano and classical organ and obtained the diploma ALCM seperately for both instruments. One of the highlights of his performing career was to win 1st prize in The Wigan Music Festival playing classical piano where he had to compete against many talented pianists from around the country.
Teaching piano and organ pupils has been the major part of his occupation and several of his pupils have gone on to be music teachers in schools and performers in Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and on cruise liners.
The love of playing theatre organ has been with him since his father took him to watch Ernest Broadbent play the Mighty Wurlitzer at Blackpool Tower, but it has only been recently that he has been able to pursue his ambition to perform the theatre organ publiclly.
Alan's performances to date have included playing The Wurlitzer at The Royalty Cinema, Bowness and the Heritage Centre, Peel Green, The Conn at The Rex Cinema, Elland andThe Plaza, Stockport where he has been added as one of the staff of organists.
Alan has played church organ from being 14 years old and has adapted his classical 2 feet pedal action to suit the theatre organ, this can be seen in action on Alan's Youtube channel. Playing for the church has given him the opportunity to play many different pipe organs including Liverpool Cathedral, St Georges Hall and St Andrews Parish Church, Jeruselem, which he did during a charity bike ride around the River Jordan in 1996.
Keeping fit is a good way for Alan to relax and he particularly enjoys cycling and jogging.
Recently Alan has had the pleasure of recording "Don't Laugh At Me 'Cause I'm A Fool" for a CD which includes tracks from all the performers at The Royalty Cinema, Bowness.
Alan has a Yamaha EL90 along with a Yamaha stage piano with amplification to use in organ and keyboard clubs and also for weddings and celebrations and he is now taking bookings for all occasions.
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