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Mark Thompson

Telephone Number :  0191 660 0135   or   07853376675

Email address :  mithompson86@aol.com

Website :  Markthompsonmusic.com

Address :  25 The Orchard,  Pity Me,  Durham,  DH1 5DA 

About Mark

Mark has been playing the Electronic organ from the age of seven. After gaining interest he joined the Technics Academy at the age of nine, where he worked his way through grades and entered local competitions, reaching area finals in 1999. Mark was later taught by Chiho Sunamato at the Yamaha School of Music. He began playing concerts at the age of fifteen, and now travels up and down the UK, and abroad, playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions. In 2002 Mark played in, and won, the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and has performed on many of the country's top theatre organs since.

In addition to his work on the organ circuit Mark plays in 60s and 70s band, ‘Wallstreet’, on the keyboards/providing backing vocals, works as musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies and in the orchestra for their shows, and works as vocal coach, accompanist or MD for many North East stage schools, and for musical theatre colleges in both Blackpool and Leeds. Mark also plays cocktail piano at hotels and restaurants across the North East, and for many weddings throughout the year. He often plays with jazz band 'The Fab Dakers Boys' at Newcastle United's football ground, 'St. James' Park', on match days, and also regularly features in the band for 'The Ratpack Vegas Spectacular' show at theatres around the country.

In 2012 Mark was given the job of Musical Director for The Gala Theatre's pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty', in Durham, with a total of 60 performances to play for and conduct, a role which he has performed every year since. This year will be his 6th Panto season, with a run of 73 performances of 'Robinson Crusoe'. One of the highlights of Mark's musical career so far was back in 2010, when he was lucky enough to spend a month in Eilat, Israel, playing and singing with the band 'Skidoo 23'.

A distant memory now, but back in 2007 Mark completed a Mathematics degree at Durham University, which one day he may even use!

       

Mark's Photo Gallery

Mark's Concert Diary

Mark's Festival appearances

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

2020

February 14th

   TopNote Events - Eastbourne

March 23rd

   Keyboard Cavalcades Spring Spectacular

April 3rd

   TopNote Events - Fareham

Concerts in 2020
March 11thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
March 26thKingswinford and District Organ Society (more details)

Cancelled by Club due to Coronavirus guildlines

March 27thSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

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

March 31stSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club
April 5thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
April 19thMusic for the North East
May 6thNorth Herts Organ Society
May 15thBriston Organ Shows
May 16thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
May 18thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton (more details)

CANCELLED owing to Covid 19

May 21stHarrogate Keyboard Club (more details)

Currently postponed.

June 16thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
July 14thBlackpool Keyboard Club
September 1stNew Forest Organ Society
September 3rdScunthorpe Organ Society
September 12thCambridge Electronic Organ Society
September 29thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
October 13thCosham Keyboard & Music Club
October 14thHailsham Organ Club
October 15thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
Concerts in 2021
February 3rdGrimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club
February 4thNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
March 4thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

May 17thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
May 20thHarrogate Keyboard Club
May 27thKingswinford and District Organ Society
July 16thCookhill Keyboard Club
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