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.

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

Michael's Festival appearances

Michael will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2019

January 11th

   Musical Breaks With Chris Powell - Torquay

October 1st

   Bewdley Musical Break 2019

Concerts in 2019
May 5thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

May 14thEast Devon Organ Club
May 19thWorthing Wurlitzer (more details)

featuring Jamyma Hanson from the Rye Wurlitzer Academy

May 29thRegis Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

Michael appears as a guest at David Ingley's concert to play some piano and organ duets

June 2ndCinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District
June 6thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
June 15thChelmsford Organ and Keyboard Club
June 23rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

June 23rdHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at Roffey Sports and Social Club, RH12 4DY, Ballroom and Popular Sequence, 01403 210 356

June 26thBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Tea Dance with Vocalist Emily Matthews (more details)

2pm 01202 451 870

June 27thBournemouth Pavilion
July 3rdNorth Herts Organ Society
July 4thScunthorpe Organ Society
July 10thHorsham MelodyTimes Concerts
July 12thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Silent Film Night - The Phantom of the Opera

July 20thWoking Leisure Centre (more details)

with Len Rawle - www.WokingWurlitzer.co.uk

July 23rdCinema Organ Society - Southern District (more details)

Troxy, Stepney, 7pm

July 28thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

July 28thHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at Roffey Sports and Social Club, RH12 4DY, Ballroom and Popular Sequence, 01403 210 356

August 11thSwitzerland - Home concert in Lachen
August 13thCosham Keyboard & Music Club
August 20thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
August 21stPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
September 1stEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

September 8thScottish Cinema Organ Trust (COS)
September 10thLeamington & District Organ Society (more details)

TUESDAY concert

September 12thBournemouth Pavilion
September 13thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

The annual Rye Proms with Michael at the Wurlitzer plus the Rye Bay Crew to lead the patriotic singing

September 14thBrighton Dome Pavillion (more details)

2pm, A free one hour concert as a part of the Heritage Open Day. 01273 709 709. Please be aware that some tours may be moving quietly around the venue whilst the concert is taking place.

September 18thBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Tea Dance with Vocalist Emily Matthews (more details)

2pm 01202 451 870

September 22ndOld Windsor Memorial Hall
September 22ndHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at Roffey Sports and Social Club, RH12 4DY, Ballroom and Popular Sequence, 01403 210 356

September 28thWizard Compton, Bristol
October 3rdMusical Breaks (more details)

Afternoon and Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 13thSinging Hills Wurlitzer (more details)

duetting with Len Rawle MBE

October 14thBanstead Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

With special guests, top entertainer Andy Eastwood and drummer to the stars, Dean Morris

October 18thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

with UK Big Band Sounds

October 20thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

November 3rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

November 8thBristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society
November 10thHorsham Dance (more details)

8pm at Roffey Sports and Social Club, RH12 4DY, Ballroom and Popular Sequence, 01403 210 356

November 17thHenley & District Theatre Organ Trust (more details)

Allen Digital Theatre Organ

November 19thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
November 20thBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Tea Dance with Vocalist Emily Matthews (more details)

2pm 01202 451 870

December 1stEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

December 6thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

Wurlitzer Christmas Concert with the Kent Police Choir and more

December 8thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

The ESN Christmas Show with Michael Wooldridge at the Wurlitzer and special guests

December 11thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

Christmas Dinner and Dance

December 12thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

2.30pm, The annual 'Christmas Cracker' Show, with the Compton and massed choirs, Free admission

December 21stPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 22ndPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 23rdPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 24thPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 27thPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 28thPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 29thPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 30thPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

December 31stPanto, Dick Whittington - Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight (more details)

Call theatre on 01983 823 884 or visit www.MedinaTheatre.co.uk for daily times, mostly 2pm with some morning and evening performances

Concerts in 2020
January 21stBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
February 1stOdiham - Alice In Wonderland (more details)

Amateur Musical at Mayhill School, RG29 1NB, Holy Ridiculous Theatre, 07887 792 249, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

February 7thOdiham - Alice In Wonderland (more details)

Amateur Musical at Mayhill School, RG29 1NB, Holy Ridiculous Theatre, 07887 792 249, 7.30pm

February 8thOdiham - Alice In Wonderland (more details)

Amateur Musical at Mayhill School, RG29 1NB, Holy Ridiculous Theatre, 07887 792 249, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

February 16thEastbourne TopNote Events Organ Festival (more details)

Michael plays afternoon and evening concerts at the Cumberland Hotel, Book to stay the weekend on 01609 748 295 or 01757 708 209

February 18thThanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

3rd Tuesday of month

February 20thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club (more details)

Michael and Chris Stanbury join the wonderful Glyn Madden in Concert

February 25thNew Forest Organ Society (more details)

with top trupeter Richard Baker and international drummer Gareth Thompson

March 9thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
March 12thSleaford Organ Club
April 19thWorthing Wurlitzer
April 24thCrawley Keyboard Club
May 18thSt Audries Bay Organ Weeks (more details)

01984 632 515

May 19thSt Audries Bay Organ Weeks (more details)

01984 632 515

May 26thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
June 3rdLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
June 3rdGrimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club
June 7thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
June 29thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

June 30thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

August 10thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
August 11thWithernsea Organ Society
August 12thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
August 12thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
August 20thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club (more details)

with the young stars from the Rye Wurlitzer Academy

September 19thTitchfield Come Dancing (more details)

7pm-10.30pm at Titchfield Community Association, Mill Street, PO14 4AB, 01329 234 562

October 17thWoking Leisure Centre (more details)

Duet Show with Len Rawle

November 15thScottish Cinema Organ Trust (COS)
November 22ndLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Stockport
December 6thSinging Hills Wurlitzer
December 13thCinema Organ Society - Northern District
Concerts in 2021
October 16thTitchfield Come Dancing (more details)

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