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 Senior Examiner for the London College 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 also demonstrates keyboards live on QVC television. During the months of March/April/June/July and December Janet's concert availability is very limited due to her high level of committment to the London College of Music. 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 Cole Porter, Don Black, The Merry Widow, Sports Themes,Leroy Anderson's 'Blue Tango' and 'The Buglers' Holiday', Strauss Waltzes, modern ballads such as The Military Wives - 'Wherever You Are', novelty pieces such as Dizzy Fingers and The Maple Leaf Rag, marches such as 'Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines' and '633 Squadron', theatre organ pieces such as Eleanora, songs from shows such as 'Oliver', and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.
Janet is available for both electronic and theatre organ concerts in the UK. She is now taking bookings for 2015 and 2016. Phone on 0118 9883971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2016|
|February 8th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|February 9th||East Coast Organ Society|
|February 10th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|February 23rd||Orpington Keyboard Club|
|February 24th||Charnwood Music For All|
|February 25th||Burntwood Music For All|
|March 9th||Hailsham Organ Club|
|April 6th||Watford Organ & Keyboard Club|
|April 7th||Bridport Electronic Organ Club|
|April 8th||Trowbridge Electronic Organ Club|
|April 13th||Horsham Organ and Keyboard Society (more details)|
Replacing Penny Weedon
|April 25th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 31st||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 1st||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|August 3rd||Peel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre|
|September 12th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 8th||Fleet Organ Society|
|November 7th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|Concerts in 2017|
|January 11th||Verwood Organ Society|
|January 24th||Gloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|July 30th||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
|October 17th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|