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Elizabeth Harrison

Telephone Number :  07814 261983 (this number is always best)   or   01254 830267

Email address :  elizabethharrisonmusic@gmail.com

Address :  Cuthbert Hill Farm,  Garstang Rd,  Chipping,  Preston,  Lancs,  PR3 2QJ 

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth will be hosting Organ Week at St Audries Bay twice in 2020. Dates are 4th-9th May and 20th-25th September.

Leyland in Tune Charity Concerts are 4th Monday of the Month at Midge Hall Meth Church, Longmeanygate, Leyland, PR26 6TD 7.30pm

Elizabeth Harrison has established herself on the concert circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer.  Her varied musical repertoire along with her cheerful Lancashire humour has made her one of the country’s favourite performers.  

She has been performing concerts for approaching 30 years, during which she has accumulated a wealth of experience playing both electronic and theatre organs, and she is now undoubtedly one of the busiest performers on the concert and dance circuit.

Elizabeth's concerts are well rehearsed and she plays music to suit all tastes in a refreshing style and presented with her own brand of light hearted humour.  When chatting to the audience she has the ability to make each individual member of the audience feel like she is speaking to them personally.  She always includes references to recent activities and talks about every day life on her farm.

My ambition was always to have job satisfaction and I have definitely accomplished that, as I love my life travelling around and meeting lovely people.  Over the years I’ve made lots of friends, worked and stayed in many parts of the UK, given pleasure to lots of people through playing an instrument I love.  What more could I ask for? 

My interest in organ music began when I was 9 years of age.  I had no idea my father Robin, a Dairy Farmer, was interested in learning to play the organ until he purchased a second-hand Howard Skyline from John Broadbent, the son of famous organist Ernest Broadbent (who was the star resident organist at Blackpool's famous Tower Ballroom for seven years).  Dad never did learn to play as I was immediately fascinated having never seen an electronic organ before and I couldn’t keep my hands and feet off it!  A local teacher was found and this is where my musical journey began. 

Whilst most musicians are inspired by famous or well know names, when I was in my early teens, I was influenced by two local organists who were committee members of the Blackburn Home Organ Club.  Coincidentally, both gentlemen were called Jack, and both were brilliant players but very modest.  Jack Winston became my teacher.  

By watching and listening to both of the gentleman Jacks regularly, I learned the importance of playing with feeling and expression.  I could see that whilst they weren’t singing out loud, they were reading the words to the piece being played which helped to express the music.  I watched them play intricate counter melodies, harmonies, custom made introductions and endings, they played in difficult keys and time signatures, so very inspiring, and made me want to play in the same way.

They also taught me that it was important to be able to play a concert on any organ and not rely on only the sounds or presets of the instruments I was rehearsing on.  I was advised by my teacher not to listen to other organists or else I’d unknowingly copy what they did!  “Listen to orchestras, you need your own style,” Jack used to say.  That said, in more recent years I have enjoyed listening to some fabulous theatre organists and always listen out for good counter melodies!

I listen to music almost all day long and have found subscribing to a digital music service of great benefit.  I listen to concert orchestras such as Bryan Smith, Ken Turner, Percy Faith and Syd Lawrence.  I enjoy listening to Nat King Cole, Elton John, old TV and Radio favourites, novelty pieces, Strauss Waltzes and much more! 

Playing for ballroom and sequence dancing is something I began to enjoy over 20 years ago.  In more recent years, I discovered Old Time Dancing and I am pleased to be a member and play for both The Old Time Dance Society and the English National Old Time Dance Society.  This involves playing set dances such as the Caledonians, Quadrilles, Lancers, Gavottes, Glides and many more dances.  I love the music of that period. 

This year, is the fourth consecutive year that I have had the honour to be invited to play alongside The Empress Orchestra in the impressive Empress Ballroom, in The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, for The Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival.

Though I was never trained as a theatre organist my style of playing seems to come across really well on the theatre organ.  One of my earliest theatre organ concerts, when I was a teenager, was a joint concert with Doreen Chadwick at the former Chorley Town Hall Compton.  Because the organ pipes were at the opposite end of the hall to the organ, I can clearly remember, there was a tremendous delay before the sound got back to the console and it took a bit of getting used to!  I have been lucky enough to play some of Europe’s finest organs, including the 4/20 Wurlitzer in Stockport Town Hall, which was a real highlight for me, it has such a beautiful sound.  

The handful of times I’ve played the Wurlitzer in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom I’ve encountered problems with the lift! Just my luck!  What an honour it is to be regularly invited to play the three manual Compton at The Astoria Centre, Barnsley.  The venue, hospitality and atmosphere is superb and the organ is always in tip top condition.  One theatre organ I’d love to play in the future is the New Victoria Wurlitzer at Howden Le Wear. 

In 2009 my local organ club in Leyland sadly closed with just 19 people in attendance.  Just before the club closed, I approached a local Methodist Church on the outskirts of Leyland to see if I could use the building to host a charity concert in aid of a local good cause.  90 tickets were sold locally and organist John Barnett played the first concert.  Every month since, on the fourth Monday of the month, we have a charity concert and to date we have raised in excess of £45,000 for local good causes.  The concerts go under the name ‘Leyland In Tune’ and are a near sell out each time.  As a result of that success, I have offered advice and help in the formation of St Edmundsbury In Tune and Stilton in Tune both of which are doing extremely well. Future plans are to encourage other players and members of the public to start new community concert nights wherever they can.  If I were to win the lotto I’d build a community venue and hold concerts there. 

Many people will know that I have lots of other interests and hobbies outside of the organ world.  I have my own farm in Chipping, Lancashire, where I am currently renovating the farmhouse, and I take a very keen interest in gardening; I like to source new plants for my garden whilst on my musical travels.

I have a specialist collection of Marshall tractors and a huge collection of advertising character Homepride Fred the Flour Grader.  Once a month I take a few days off from my music work to wear a different hat as a Graphic Designer.  I design a 40 page community newspaper called Grange Now. 

I am thrilled to spend my life sharing my music with people all around the UK, and it’s a good job I’m full of energy with all the different things I do.  I’m looking forward to a future of organ playing and hoping to give opportunities to some of the excellent new younger players who are trying to make a name for themselves in the organ scene.

For more information and to engage Elizabeth to play for you, call her on 07814 261 983 or visit www.organfax.co.uk/players/elizabethharrison

 

 

 

Elizabeth's Photo Gallery

Bournemouth Pavillion St Audries Organ Weeks 2020

Elizabeth's Concert Diary

Elizabeth's Festival appearances

Elizabeth will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2019

February 15th

   Tope Note Events - Eastbourne

April 1st

   Keyboard Cavalcade Spring Spectacular

April 5th

   Top Note Events - Solent

April 8th

   Byron's Music For All

May 12th

   Keyboard Cavalcade Blackpool Extravaganza

August 19th

   Music in Llandudno 2019

Concerts in 2019
November 11thSt Teth Cornwall
November 12thChilthorne Domer Village Hall
November 17thScarborough Electronic Organ Society
November 21stEast Herts Modern Organ Club
November 22ndGeneral Food Social Club Banbury
November 23rdNorwich Canary Club
November 24thPoplar Social Club Accrington
November 27thGuild Hall Cambridge
November 30thPudsey Civic Hall
December 5thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
December 7thMellor Brook Community Centre
December 8thPoplar Social Club Accrington
December 10thEccleston WI Party
December 11thCunliffe Hall Concert
December 14thAspatria
December 17thThe Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands
December 22ndWigginton Aft, Poplar Accrington Eve
December 29thPoplar Social Club Accrington
Concerts in 2020
January 4thRed Rose Club Ulverston Dance
January 5thPoplar Social Club Accrington Dance
January 7thHornby Village Hall Dance
January 9thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
January 11thPudsey Civic Hall
January 14thAbergele and District Electronic Organ Society
January 15thBourne Organ and keyboard Club
January 15thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre (more details)

Lunchtime concert

January 18thCummersdale
January 19thPoplar Social Club Accrington
January 25thNorwich Canary Club
January 28thHornby Village Hall Dance
February 1stNorthallerton Town Hall
February 2ndWigginton Village Hall
February 4thHornby Village Hall
February 7thBolton Abbey Village Hall
February 8thNormandy Sequence Dance Club
February 15thAlton Dance
February 22ndHarworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts
February 23rdHarworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts
February 25thHornby Village Hall
March 1stPoplar Social Club Accrington
March 2ndSt Ambrose Leyland 2pm
March 3rdHornby Village Hall
March 6thBroughton Beck Mill Rooms
March 7thTop Note Harrogate
March 8thTop Note Harrogate
March 9thCairns Hotel Harrogate
March 10thBournemouth Pavilion
March 11thBournemouth Pavilion
March 20thAscot Organ and Keyboard Club
March 21stWincham Community Centre
March 24thHornby Village Hall Dance
March 27thOld Time Dancing
March 28thOld Time Dancing
March 29thOld Time Dancing
March 30thPrivate concert
April 3rdHellesdon Village Hall
April 5thWigginton Village Hall
April 7thHornby Village Hall
April 11thAspatria Masonic Hall Easter Dance
April 14thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
April 15thPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
April 16thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
April 18thNorwich Canary Club
April 19thHenley & District Theatre Organ Trust
April 21stBowness
April 24thSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.

April 25thCheltenham
April 26thMeadstead Sequence Dance Club
April 27thBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
April 28thHornby Village Hall
May 2ndHellesdon Norwich
May 3rdStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
May 4thSt Audries Organ Week
May 5thSt Audries Organ Week
May 6thSt Audries Organ Week
May 7thSt Audries Organ Week
May 8thSt Audries Organ Week
May 9thRed Rose Club Ulverston
May 23rdWickham Community Centre
May 26thThanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

none

May 27thVerwood in Tune (more details)

2pm

May 29thGreenodd Village Hall
May 31stOssett Town Hall - Northern Theatre Organ Trust
June 2ndVictoria Hall Grange
June 6thWincham Community Centre
June 8thSt Audries Dancing Party Break
June 9thSt Audries Dancing Party Break
June 10thSt Audries Dancing Party Break
June 11thSt Audries Dancing Party Break
June 12thSt Audries Dancing Party Break
June 13thAstoria Centre
June 15thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
June 16thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
June 17thWatford Organ & Keyboard Club
June 18thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club
June 27thSunday Showtime, Live Music at Swineshead Village Hall (more details)

SVHMC DANCE, 7.30pm, £TBC

June 28thSunday Showtime, Live Music at Swineshead Village Hall (more details)

SUNDAY SHOWTIME, 2.30pm £TBC

July 5thWigginton Village Hall
July 6thSt Audries Bay Dancing Break
July 7thSt Audries Bay Dancing Break
July 8thSt Audries Bay Dancing Break
July 9thSt Audries Bay Dancing Break
July 10thSt Audries Bay Dancing Break
July 11thNorwich Canary Club
July 11thPeel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre
July 18thRed Rose Club Ulverston
July 22ndBournemouth Pavilion
July 25thAntrobus Village Hall
August 8thWarwick Organ Event
August 10thMyerscough College
August 12thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
August 15thNorwich Canary Club
August 18thMusical Breaks (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 22ndCummersdale Dance
August 25thBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
September 2ndGuild Hall Cambridge
September 6thWigginton Village Hall
September 8thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club
September 9thHailsham Organ Club
September 11thGargrave Village Hall
September 12thPudsey Civic Hall
September 19thSt Ambrose Leyland
September 20thSt Audries Organ Week
September 21stSt Audries Organ Week
September 22ndSt Audries Organ Week
September 23rdSt Audries Organ Week
September 24thSt Audries Organ Week
September 26thWizard Compton, Bristol
October 1stScunthorpe Organ Society
October 5thIsle of Wight
October 6thIsle of Wight
October 7thIsle of Wight
October 8thIsle of Wight
October 9thIsle of Wight
October 10thMiddlewich Civic Centre
October 11thLouth Town Hall
October 11thNorth Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society (more details)

Doors open 2.00pm Admission £6.00.

October 14thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
October 17thNorwich Canary Club
October 18thBlackpool Sequence Dance Festival Winter Gardens
October 19thBlackpool Sequence Dance Festival Winter Gardens
October 20thBlackpool Sequence Dance Festival Winter Gardens
October 24thRed Rose Club Ulverston
October 30thGreenodd Village Hall
October 31stAsfordby Village Hall Melton Mowbray
November 1stWigginton Village Hall
November 2ndCheadle and District Organ Society
November 6thBolton Abbey Village Hall
November 7thMiddlewich Civic Centre
November 8thKettering
November 9thTorquay Dance Festival
November 10thTorquay Dance Festival
November 11thTorquay Dance Festival
November 12thTorquay Dance Festival
November 13thTorquay Dance Festival
November 14thNorwich Canary Club
November 19thHarrogate Keyboard Club
November 21stAlton Dance
November 26thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
November 29thMeadstead Sequence Dance Club
December 5thNorwich Canary Club
December 7thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
December 8thWrightington Xmas Party
December 9thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
December 12thAspatria Masonic Hall Xmas Dance
December 13thBurtey Fen Collection
December 14thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
December 16thPeel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre
December 19thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
December 20thPudsey Civic Hall
Concerts in 2021
March 5thBolton Abbey Village Hall
March 28thMeadstead Sequence Dance Club
March 30thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
April 2ndColchester Keyboard Concerts
April 22ndKingswinford and District Organ Society
May 8thExeter St Thomas
May 28thTrouville Hotel Isle of Wight
May 29thTrouville Hotel Isle of Wight
May 30thTrouville Hotel Isle of Wight
May 31stTrouville Hotel Isle of Wight
June 26thSwinshead Village Hall Dance
June 27thSunday Showtime, Live Music at Swineshead Village Hall
September 25thExeter St Thomas Dance
October 17thBlackpool Sequence Dance Festival Winter Gardens
October 18thBlackpool Sequence Dance Festival Winter Gardens
October 19thBlackpool Sequence Dance Festival Winter Gardens
October 22ndOld Time Dance Society
October 23rdOld Time Dance Society
October 24thOld Time Dance Society
October 31stMedstead Dance
November 5thBolton Abbey Village Hall
December 11thNormandy Sequence Dance Club
Concerts in 2022
January 30thMedstead Dance