2021/22 - Please think of those that rely on our musical world for their income before booking me in 2021/22. Whilst I'd be delighted to be invited to play, there are others that have not been getting their usual income from music and I believe it's only right to give those artists first chance of any concerts that resume. I will still be here the year after and just as delighted to play using my new Yamaha Stagea ELC-02.
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.
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 these early years, he owned many instruments and most performances were either on his Hammond M102 or on 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 on his career in IT, Michael returned to the concert scene ini 2017 and now uses a Yamaha Stagea ELC-02 imported from Japan for all electronic concerts.
With a full-time career as an IT Manager, Michael is only able to accept a limited number of engagements each year. Please do get in touch early.
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 house is now home to a 2-manual Wurlitzer console (originally from the New Victoria Cinema, Edinburgh) that he is rebuilding as a Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ using computers instead of pipes.
2020 saw Michael making a return recreational visit to the USA to play a number of theatre organs around PA, DE and NJ before things halted due to Covid. Michael was due to travel to the Isle of Man Wurlitzer to play for a midweek concert and make return visits to the LTOT in Peel Green and the Wurlitzer's at Beer and Rye. Many of these events are being rebooked for 2021/22/23 with return electronic concerts at Cookhill and Leamington as well as a number of new venues. Special cross-events featuring electronics and pipes are scheduled for 2021 at St. Peter's, Cradley and 2022 at The Cinema Organ Society midlands Compton.
Booking now for 2023
|Concerts in 2020|
|January 8th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|Concerts in 2021|
|April 10th||Brentford Musical Museum (more details)|
Online Event YouTube MusicalMuseumLive
|July 15th||East Herts Modern Organ Club|
|September 11th||St Peter's church, Cradley, West Midlands, B63 2UL (more details)|
|November 30th||Leamington & District Organ Society (more details)|
with Mike & Elspeth Sullivan
|Concerts in 2022|
|January 5th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|April 9th||Beer Wurlitzer|
|May 2nd||Nottingham Organ Society|
|May 18th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club|
|May 29th||Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District (more details)|
Change of usual date to avoid Jubilee weekend.
|June 20th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton|
|June 22nd||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|August 3rd||Cookhill Keyboard Club|
|December 11th||Henley & District Theatre Organ Trust|