Michael Wooldridge at the East Sussex National Wurlitzer

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Michael Wooldridge

Telephone Number :  01903 416 994   or   07748 113 975

Email address :  mw@michaelwooldridge.co.uk

Website :  www.michaelwooldridge.co.uk

Address :  PO Box 3403,  Littlehampton,  West Sussex,  BN16 9JR 

About Michael

As heard playing live to 5 million people on BBC Radio 2's 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon'!

Michael is a master musician, skilled with the theatre, electronic and classical organ, piano and keyboard.  He loves all kinds of music, so whether you are planning a Concert, Wedding, Dance, Cocktail Party, Show or, in fact, any event where you need the very finest music possible, he is the person you need to call.

Michael is often heard on BBC Radio 2's ever popular programme, The Organist Entertains, and amongst many varied and interesting jobs, has played the Theatre Organ for HRH Prince Charles at the Odeon, Leicester Square and appeared as organ and piano soloist with the legendary Mantovani Orchestra.

Since winning the prestigious ATOS UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition in 1980, Michael has remained a firm favourite in concert at electronic and theatre organ societies and, besides extensively touring the UK, has travelled to Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Dubai and Australia.  With a very extensive repertoire in many, many styles, his concert programmes are packed with popular music in all styles, orchestral, big band, shows, theatre organ, classical, rock and roll and much more, including many very well known pieces perhaps not often heard at organ concerts but always very much enjoyed.

Michael is a fully fledged show producer, having staged countless touring shows, summer seasons and pantos throughout the UK.  He feels extrememly privileged to work with many of the stars he grew up admiring on television, including Supersonic Syd Little, Crackerjack and Good Morning Sunday's Don Maclean, stars of the Black and White Minstrel Show, top piano entertainer Bobby Crush, master magician Paul Daniels and, from Ireland, the hilarious Jimmy Cricket and Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana.

He has always loved musical theatre so loves working in the orchestra pit, where he has played for a huge number of shows, including countless such favourites as Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Carousel and Fiddler On The Roof.  More unusual shows have included Cy Coleman's fabulous show, The Will Rogers' Follies: A Life In Review, As Happy As A Sandbag and in rehearsal, the 40th Aniversary production of Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice's very first show, The Likes Of Us.  He's even worked with some tribute bands, first the top Madness Tribute, the Los Palmas 6, and then, during 2013, he enjoyed many theatre dates playing with tribute show The Fabulous Shadows, featuring with the UK's number one tribute artist, as voted by the Agents Association of Great Britain, Jimmy Jemain as Sir Cliff Richard.

Whilst he has a range of different organs, digital pianos and keyboards, Michael is now mostly touring with a bespoke Roland organ, which gives him a three manual Atelier for use as a stunning instrument in its own right but also as the console controlling a range of Virtual Pipe Organs including the Paramount series of Wurlitzer organs from the 3/10 through to the 50 rank flagship, the 3/12 Barton of Detroit's Redford Theatre and the Lavender Audio samples of the superb Binns Organ at the Old Independent Church in Haverhill.

He is now thrilled to pass on his knowledge and experience through his private teaching practice, giving pupils lessons in their own homes on their own organs, pianos and keyboards, or with students from further afield visiting his home for tuition.  He is principal tutor at the Rye Wurlitzer Academy and spent three years as electronic organ tutor for Sussex University.  Outside of normal lessons, he also makes one off visits to people to assist with how to get more from their own instruments.

Alongside his performances and teaching, Michael is now publishes the 'Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade' magazine, continuing its long tradition of supporting the keyboard, organ and digital piano world in the UK, plus bringing in new features to add interest.  To view a past issue, join the free e-newsletter and to subscribe, visit www.CavalcadeProductions.co.uk

Michael's Photo Gallery

On stage; Clacton Summer 2013; Concert Pianist with the Mantovani Orchestra in Bournemouth Michael in concert with The New Foxtrot Serenaders on the Wurlitzer at the East Sussex National On stage, with Jimmy Cricket, Don Maclean & Dana; The Fabulous Shadows Michael Wooldridge at his custom built 3-manual Roland Atelier Two famous 4 manuals: Stockport Town Hall & Dome Brighton

Michael's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2022
January 9thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

January 10thMedway Music Club (more details)

with special guest, top drummer Gareth Thompson

January 20thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society (more details)

Special Guest: Gareth Thompson

January 30thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

February 6thSinging Hills Wurlitzer (more details)

With Tom Horton

February 6thHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

February 8thCosham Keyboard & Music Club
February 11thWorld of Music Dronfield (formerly North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
February 12thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
February 13thWorthing Wurlitzer (more details)

With special guest, Jamyma Hanson

February 16thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
February 17thStockport Plaza Theatre - Spirit of the Blitz Show (more details)

2.30pm, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie O'Hara and Pete Lindup, 0161 477 7779

February 27thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

March 3rdWeston Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

Orginally Artiste was "Jamyma Hanson"

March 6thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
March 11thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

with Jazz Superstar Liane Carroll

March 13thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

April 3rdHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

April 3rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

April 9thSt Albans Organ Theatre
April 10thNorth East Theatre Organ Association
April 12thHailsham MelodyTimes Concerts (more details)

with top drummer Gareth Thompson

April 13thHorsham MelodyTimes Concerts (more details)

with top drummer Gareth Thompson

April 20thFareham (more details)

Michael plays afternoon and Evening concerts at the TopNote Events 3-Day Organ Festival, 01757 708 509

April 24thPeterborough, Spirit of the Blitz Show (more details)

2.30pm at The Key Theatre, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie O'Hara and Pete Lindup, 01733 207 239

April 26thNorwich Keyboard and Electronic Organ Club
May 1stHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

May 7thNetherlands Organ Federation
May 8thNetherlands Organ Federation
May 15thBlackpool Organ Festival (more details)

Michael plays and hosts - Info at cavalcadeproductions.co.uk

May 16thBlackpool Organ Festival (more details)

Michael plays and hosts - Info at cavalcadeproductions.co.uk

May 17thBlackpool Organ Festival (more details)

Michael plays and hosts - Info at cavalcadeproductions.co.uk

May 18thBlackpool Organ Festival (more details)

Michael plays and hosts - Info at cavalcadeproductions.co.uk

May 21stClacton Spirit of the Blitz Show (more details)

2.30pm, Westcliff Theatre, 01255 433 344, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie O'Hara and Pete Lindup

May 22ndHunstanton - Those Were The Days Variety Show (more details)

2.30pm, Princess Theatre, 01485 532 252, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie OHara and Pete Lindup

May 23rdAldershot Princes Theatre - Spirit of the Blitz Show (more details)

2.30pm, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie O'Hara and Pete Lindup, 01252 329 155

May 26thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
May 29thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

with John Mann

June 4thBognor Regis - Jubilee Afternoon Tea Concert (more details)

2pm, Tony Poland 01243 823 964 - Held in the Methodist Church but all welcome

June 11thAstoria Centre
June 12thLincoln - Spirit of the Blitz Show (more details)

3pm, New Theatre Royal, 01522 519 999, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie OHara and Pete Lindup

June 16thBournemouth Pavilion
June 19thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer
June 23rdKingswinford and District Organ Society (more details)

Duet Concert with David Ingley, Film and Movie Music Special

July 3rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

July 8thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Variety night with multi-instrumentalist Andy Eastwood

July 10thColchester Keyboard Concerts (more details)

2.30pm start

July 13thLittlehampton Show MD (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for the Stage Door Theatre Company Amateur Show at the Windmill Theatre, 07367 182 621

July 14thLittlehampton Show MD (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for the Stage Door Theatre Company Amateur Show at the Windmill Theatre, 07367 182 621

July 15thLittlehampton Show MD (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for the Stage Door Theatre Company Amateur Show at the Windmill Theatre, 07367 182 621

July 16thLittlehampton Show MD (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for the Stage Door Theatre Company Amateur Show at the Windmill Theatre, 07367 182 621

July 17thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

July 22ndSt Edmundsbury In Tune
July 29thSheppey Organ Club
July 31stGosport and District Organ Club
August 7thHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

August 7thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

August 18thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
August 21stEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

August 25thStockport Organ & Keyboard Club
August 26thCinema Organ Society - Northern District (more details)

Opening concert of the Northern Convention

September 9thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Proms night with the Rye Bay Crew

September 13thHailsham MelodyTimes Concerts (more details)

Proms Night with Special Guests

September 15thBournemouth Pavilion
October 6thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

Playing piano as guest with Jamyma Hanson

October 16thScottish Cinema Organ Trust (COS)
October 19thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

2pm Tea Dance in the Ballroom - Electronic Organ

October 22ndTitchfield Come Dancing (more details)

7pm - 10pm at Titchfield Community Accosiation, Mill Street, PO14 4AB. 01329 234 562

October 23rdHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

October 23rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

November 6thSinging Hills Wurlitzer (more details)

with Keith Beckingham

November 18thWarwick Music4You Festival (more details)

Michael plays Friday evening and Saturday afternoon concerts at the Tinsel and Turkey Festival, 01427 615 265 or 07877 481 424

November 19thWarwick Music4You Festival (more details)

Michael plays Friday evening and Saturday afternoon concerts at the Tinsel and Turkey Festival, 01427 615 265 or 07877 481 424

November 22ndBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
November 27thHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

November 27thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

December 9thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Christmas Concert with special guests

December 11thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Christmas Concert with Musical Special Guests

December 13thHailsham MelodyTimes Concerts (more details)

Christmas Concert with Richard Moore and Young Stars from the Rye Wurlitzer Academy not the Wurlitzer

December 14thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

2pm Tea Dance in the Ballroom - Electronic Organ

December 19thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

2.30pm Christmas Cracker with the Compton, Piano, Choir, Readings and more!

Concerts in 2023
January 9thMedway Music Club (more details)

With special musical treats featuring top drummer Gareth Thompson

February 5thHenley & District Theatre Organ Trust
February 14thNew Forest Organ Society (more details)

2.30pm - 01425 611 438

February 19thWorthing Wurlitzer
April 4thTorquay Festival (more details)

Byron Jones 07788 442 071

April 5thTorquay Festival (more details)

Byron Jones 07788 442 071

April 21stCheltenham Music Festival (more details)

Brett Wales 0115 927 4925 or 07572 422 976

April 22ndCheltenham Music Festival (more details)

Brett Wales 0115 927 4925 or 07572 422 976

June 4thCinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District
June 5thCheadle and District Organ Society
June 20thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
June 21stPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
July 5thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel plus late night duets with David Ingley

July 6thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert & Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Stourport Manor Hotel

August 16thMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, plus late night duets with David Ingley

August 17thMusical Breaks (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

December 10thCinema Organ Society - Southern District
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