Janet Dowsett - Concert Organist

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Janet Dowsett

Telephone Number :  01189 883971 for concert bookings only   or   0118 9887444 The Music People office number

Email address :  janetdowsett@hotmail.com

Website :  www.themusicpeople.co.uk

Address :  9 Green End Close,  Spencers Wood,  Reading,  Berks,  RG7 1EH 

About Janet

Janet has travelled extensively in the UK and abroad as a performer on electronic and theatre pipe organs. She combines a career as a performer with that of teacher, on both organ and keyboards, and a Music Examiner for the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools Of Music. She also writes for various publications, and is the co-owner with her husband, Neil, of The Music People – a company selling musical goods via a website www.themusicpeople.co.uk and mail order on 0118 9887444.

She holds both the FLCM and LLCM diplomas.

Janet worked for the Yamaha organisation for 11 years as a demonstrator, presenting concerts, demonstrations and masterclasses on registration, technique and so on related to the electronic organ, and later as the Promotions Manager organising Festivals, events, and promoting the network of Yamaha Music Schools.

Freelance since 1992, Janet follows a very hectic timetable and is in great demand all over the country at Organ Societies and Festivals. She is also known for her compering skills, and is a regular contributor to the Yamaha Interactive and Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade. She has also demonstrated keyboards live on QVC television. During the months of March/April/June/July and November/December Janet's concert availability is very limited due to her high level of committment to the ABRSM. These months see Janet working almost non-stop in the UK and abroad examining music candidates of all levels and ages, on all musical instruments.

Janet’s instrument is the Yamaha EL900 which she carries wherever she goes. She is also in great demand to play theatre organ concerts. She has several commercial recordings available on CD.

Janet's easy personality is always a hit at Organ Societies - she's guaranteed to make the audience smile! Her programme is always suited to the age group of her audience (and the volume of her performance is never too much!) She also makes sure her concert programme evolves over a period of a few months, so there will always be something new to hear.

Her current programme includes such things as: Selections from Mary Poppins, Don Black, Big Band hits such as Hot Toddy, ballads such as Burt Bacharach's Alfie,  marches such as 'Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines' and '633 Squadron', theatre organ pieces such as Polly, film themes such as The Magnificent Seven and the Great Escape, songs from shows such as 'Oliver', and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and so on.

Janet is available for both electronic and theatre organ concerts in the UK. She is now taking bookings for the remainder of 2016 and 2017. Phone on 0118 9883971 or email janetdowsett@hotmail.com for availability.

Janet has produced a most successful series of book for customers called 'Magic' books which are available priced £6.99 plus p&p from www.themusicpeople.co.uk or from her direct at one of her concerts or festival events. Chord Magic is the definitive guide to reading and understanding chord symbols, and playing them correctly on a keyboard or organ. Registration Magic talks about how to put sounds and rhythms together and make your playing as authentic as possible. Fingering Magic is for all your right hand fingering issues. Timing Magic looks at how to count and keep time in your playing. Practice Magic deals with how to improve by understanding proper practice techniques.   Twiddy-Bits Magic explores how to sound more professional by adding in those extra touches to your musical arrangements. Intros & Endings Magic  - how to create your own, and enjoy using 'famous' intros and endings. Signs & Symbols Magic will enhance your enjoyment of playing the keyboard or organ by understanding the music more thoroughly and completes the series.


Janet's Photo Gallery

Janet Dowsett with Yamaha EL900 Janet Dowsett with Yamaha EL900 Janet Dowsett Janet Dowsett with Yamaha EL900

Janet's Concert Diary

Janet's Festival appearances

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


September 19th

   Seacroft Sizzling September Spectacular

September 23rd

   Key Breaks with Brett & Chris -Stratford

Concerts in 2016
February 8thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
February 9thEast Coast Organ Society
February 10thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
February 23rdOrpington Keyboard Club
February 24thCharnwood Music For All
February 25thBurntwood Music For All
March 9thHailsham Organ Club
April 6thWatford Organ & Keyboard Club
April 7thBridport Electronic Organ Club
April 8thTrowbridge Electronic Organ Club
April 13thHorsham Organ and Keyboard Society (more details)

Replacing Penny Weedon

April 25thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club
May 31stNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
August 3rdPeel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre
September 3rdFleet Organ Society
September 12thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
November 7thNottingham Organ Society
Concerts in 2017
January 11thVerwood Organ Society
January 24thGloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club
June 14thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
July 30thSwineshead Charity Concerts (more details)


September 19thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
September 29thBriston Organ Shows
October 17thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
October 21stBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
November 1stWatford Organ & Keyboard Club