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Mark Thompson

Telephone Number :  0191 660 0135   or   07853376675

Email address :  mithompson86@aol.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.

2017

February 17th

   Eastbourne Organ & Keyboard Festival

June 26th

   AOE Summer Break

July 7th

   Mill Rythe - Hayling Island

September 1st

   Nottingham Belfry

October 6th

   Mercure York

November 3rd

   Kettering Park

2018

January 12th

   Chris Powell's Musci4You Bournemouth SOLD OUT

August 20th

   Music In Llandudno

Concerts in 2017
May 8thNottingham Organ Society
May 9thWithernsea Organ Society
May 10thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
May 22ndLeyland In Tune
May 24thLlay Organ Society
June 14thHorsham Organ and Keyboard Society
June 15thBournemouth Pavilion
June 28thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE)
June 29thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Spot

July 5thWatford Organ & Keyboard Club
July 20thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
July 21stCookhill Keyboard Club
August 13thMusic for the North East
September 3rdNorthallerton; Music For Northallerton
September 4thNuneaton and District Organ Society
September 5thNew Forest Organ Society
September 6thNorth Herts Organ Society
September 8thBristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society
October 10thPenrith and District Organ Society
October 11thHailsham Organ Club
October 17thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
October 18thBroadway Organ Society
October 20thAscot Organ and Keyboard Club
October 26thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

7.30pm

Concerts in 2018
January 11thSleaford Organ Club
January 13thCambridge Electronic Organ Society
January 16thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
January 22ndBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
February 1stScunthorpe Organ Society
March 13thEast Devon Organ Club
May 3rdNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
May 14thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
May 15thBolton In Tune (BADEOS)
May 21stSt Audries Bay Organ Weeks
June 13thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
June 18thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
June 19thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
June 20thBourne Organ Club
June 22ndBriston Organ Shows
June 26thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
June 27thVerwood Organ Society
August 7thBexley Music Club
August 8thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
August 21stMusical Breaks (more details)

Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, Evening Concert

August 22ndMusical Breaks (more details)

Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, Informal Morning Concert

October 23rdNew Forest Organ Society
Concerts in 2019
July 19thCookhill Keyboard Club