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 2021
August 14thAstoria Centre
August 22ndEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Tea Dance

August 29thHorsham Evening Dance (more details)

8pm at the Rofey Club, Spooners Road, RH12 4DY, 01403 210 356

September 5thEastbourne Lawns (more details)

1pm - 4.30pm, Michael is a part of the band playing on the lawns to welcome cars arriving on the annual MG Car Run, No Charge, Come along to enjoy the sea, the sun and some great swing music

September 10thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Proms Night with the Rye Bay Crew - Playing Yamaha and not the Wurlitzer

September 12thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Tea Dance

September 19thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Duet concert with Michael Maine

September 27thPakefield Organ Festival (more details)

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

September 28thPakefield Organ Festival (more details)

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

September 29thPakefield Organ Festival (more details)

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

September 30thPakefield Organ Festival (more details)

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

October 5thLiverpool - 1940s Variety Luncheon (more details)

1pm Lunch and Show - Spirit of the Blitz, with Andy Eastwood, Pete Lindup and Maggie O'Hara, at the Devonshire House Hotel, 0151 264 6600

October 10thHorsham Dance (more details)

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

October 10thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Tea Dance

October 12thCrewe - Those Were The Days Variety Show (more details)

2.00pm, Lyceum Theatre, 01270 368 242, Nostalgic Musical Variety Show featuring Andy Eastwood, Maggie O'Hara and Pete Lindup

October 16thTitchfield Come Dancing (more details)

7pm-10.00pm at Titchfield Community Association, Mill Street, PO14 4AB. 01329 234 562

October 19thPaignton Organ Festival (more details)

Evening Concert - More details from Byron Jones on 0117 9497 742

October 20thPaignton Organ Festival (more details)

Morning Concert - More details from Byron Jones on 0117 9497 742

October 24thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Tea Dance

October 27thRegis Organ and Keyboard Club
October 29thYamaha Club Festival Event (more details)

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

October 30thYamaha Club Festival Event (more details)

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

October 31stYamaha Club Festival Event (more details)

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

November 12thWorld of Music Dronfield (formerly North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
November 14thScottish Cinema Organ Trust (COS)
November 21stHorsham Dance (more details)

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

November 28thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Stockport
December 3rdRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Christmas Concert with RWA Students - all playing Yamaha not the Wurlitzer

December 5thSinging Hills Wurlitzer (more details)

Christmas Special with Len Rawle MBE

December 12thCinema Organ Society - Northern District
December 14thHailsham MelodyTimes Concerts (more details)

with the Young Stars of the Rye Wurlitzer Academy

December 20thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

2.30pm, Christmas Cracker Afternoon with Michael at the Compton, Ian Carter at the Piano and a choir

December 21stBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
Concerts in 2022
January 10thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

with special guest, top drummer Gareth Thompson

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

March 6thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
April 10thNorth East Theatre Organ Association
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 30thTitchfield Come Dancing (more details)

7pm-10.30pm at Titchfield Community Association, Mill Street, PO14 4AB

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
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 23rdKingswinford and District Organ Society (more details)

Duet Concert with David Ingley, Film and Movie Music Special

July 4thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel

July 5thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel

August 25thStockport Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

Covid 19 - check with Tony Tyreman for latest update

October 6thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
October 22ndTitchfield Come Dancing (more details)

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

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

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