Michael Carter at the COS Northern Wurlitzer in Victoria Hall, Saltaire

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Michael Carter

Telephone Number :  07973 909 505

Email address :  MichaelCarterOrganist@gmail.com

Website :  soundcloud.com/michael-carter-music

About Michael

IMPORTANT - Due to Covid-19, many concerts are subject to cancellation or amendment. Please do check before travelling and also view any notes associated with each concert listing. Stay well everyone.

 

Michael Carter is an organist from the West Midlands, near Solihull. He plays both electronic and theatre organ.

During his concerts you will hear a mix of theatre organ standards, orchestral arrangements, light classical items, film music and showtunes, as well as some popular tunes and diverse musical interpretations.

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"Thanks Michael for an enjoyable concert. We had very favourable comments on your programme choice, especially the Film Music items."  Leamington Spa & District Organ Society. (Yamaha EL900m)

"Thank you Michael for an extremely entertaining hour of music performed by yourself at our Wurlitzer on Easter Sunday. Our audience were so pleased with the variation of Musicals & Light Classical tunes eg 'Blood Brothers selection' and 'The Legend of the Glass Mountain'."  Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust - (3/10 Wurlitzer)

“Michael played a very varied programme of music to suit all tastes. This included a selection from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘The Godfather’, ‘Meditation’ and ‘The Legend of the Glass Mountain’. His presentation was excellent and an enjoyable evening was had by all.”  Cookhill Keyboard Club. (Yamaha D-Deck DDK7)

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Michael started learning to play the organ following a visit to Blackpool Tower, aged nine. Michael was mesmerised by the sound and remembers deciding there and then that he wanted to play that instrument.  Within a few years of hard work and with tutorage from Midlands Cinema Organist, Foley Bates, he returned to the Tower and achieved his ambition to play the famous instrument.

Throughout his teenage years he worked weekends and school holidays in local music shops and continued with his lessons in theatre style whilst developing his own approach on electronic.

Michael started performing for concerts, dancing, and local events including an appearance on the same bill as a young Joe Pasquale for a charity event.  Throughout this time he owned many instruments and most performances were on his Hammond M102, followed by a Yamaha HS series.  His love for theatre organ remained and Michael performed a number of concerts alongside his teacher as well as solo events.

After a 20-year musical hiatus to focus his career in IT, Michael acquired a Yamaha HX1 and then an EL900m.  He has now returned to the concert circuit on both electronic (Yamaha Stagea D-Deck DDK-7) and theatre organ.  With a full-time career as an IT professional, Michael is only able to accept a limited number of engagements each year. Please do get in touch early, if possible, to help with diary planning.

In his spare time, Michael helps with maintenance at some theatre organ venues and is the editor for 'Cinema Organ'; the quarterly journal of the Cinema Organ Society, taking over the role from John Leeming.  Not content with this, his garage now houses a 2-manual Wurlitzer console that he is rebuilding as a Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ.

This year sees Michael making a recreational visit to the USA to play a number of theatre organs around PA, DE and NJ. Michael is also travelling to the Isle of Man Wurlitzer to play for a midweek concert and making return visits to the LTOT in Peel Green and the Wurlitzer's at Beer and Rye. In addition, he is booked to return for electronic concerts at Cookhill and Leamington as well as a number of new venues. A special cross-event is planned at St. Peter's, Cradley later in the year featuring the Compton church organ alongside (and with) Yamaha DDeck.

Booking now for 2021 with a brand new programme.

 

Michael's Photo Gallery

 Michael Carter at The Wannamaker organ, Philadelphia, PA, USA  Michael Carter at his Yamaha EL900m Empress Ballroom, Blackpool Winter Gardens. (Photo: Wayne Ivany)

Michael's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2020
January 8thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
February 24thBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
March 10thBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
May 13thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society (more details)

CANCELLED

July 16thEast Herts Modern Organ Club
July 28thIsle of Man Wurlitzer (more details)

CANCELLED

August 5thCookhill Keyboard Club (more details)

AT RISK due to Covid-19 - Please check nearer the date

September 12thSt Peters Church, Cradley, B63 2UL (more details)

Special Event: Church Organ and Electronic

November 16thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
December 12thBeer Wurlitzer
December 20thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust (more details)

Christmas Concert with Cameron Lloyd and guests

Concerts in 2021
January 6thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre