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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 :  1 Hollyhock Way,  Littlehampton,  West Sussex,  BN17 6UJ 

About Michael

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

NEW CD OUT NOW - Piano Magic features a whole host of piano favourites, including some arrangements from the show Michael Co-Produced, Liberace Live from Las Vegas!, played on the marvellous Yamaha Clavinova CVP-609 with orchestral backings from Michael's Yamaha EL-700 Digital Orchestral Organ and Gareth Thompson on drums.  Order details are on Michael's Website, www.MichaelWooldridge.co.uk

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.

2017

February 17th

   Eastbourne Organ & Keyboard Festival

July 7th

   Mill Rythe - Hayling Island

September 25th

   Bewdley Musical Break

2018

March 5th

   AOE Musical Break

Concerts in 2017
January 11thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
January 12thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
January 15thMusic4You Festival Bournemouth (more details)

01530 274 270 or 07877 481 424

February 14thCosham Keyboard & Music Club
February 16thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
February 18thEastbourne Organ Festival (more details)

Cumberland Hotel, Top Note Events, 01609 748 295 or 01757 708 509

February 19thEastbourne Organ Festival (more details)

Cumberland Hotel, Top Note Events, 01609 748 295 or 01757 708 509

February 21stLancing Dance (more details)

2.30pm at the Parish Hall, BN15 8AJ, Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence, £5 on the door, 07940 360 189

February 24thCrawley Keyboard Club
February 25thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

A duet show with Dr. Carol Williams featuring the Wurlitzer and Carlo Curley Organs

February 26thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

February 26thHorsham Dance (more details)

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

February 28thOrpington Keyboard Club
March 5thHenley & District Theatre Organ Trust (more details)

Allen Digital Theatre Organ 3pm at the Town Hall, 01189 724 988

March 8thHorsham Organ and Keyboard Society (more details)

Michael presents a special evening featuring the young stars of the Rye Wurlitzer Academy

March 12thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

March 15thBroadway Organ Society
March 18thTitchfield 50/50 Dance (more details)

01489 589 689

March 21stLancing Dance (more details)

2.30pm at the Parish Hall, BN15 8AJ, Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence, £5 on the door, 07940 360 189

March 22ndBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Afternoon Tea Dance (more details)

2.30pm, featuring guest vocalist Emily Matthews, 01202 451 870

March 31stSheppey Organ Club
April 6thBournemouth Pavilion
April 9thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

April 18thCinema Organ Society - Southern District (more details)

7pm at the Troxy, Stepney, E1 0HX

April 23rdThe Worthing Wurlitzer
April 28thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

With the New Foxtrot Serenaders

April 30thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

May 3rdWatford Organ & Keyboard Club
May 7thCinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District
May 8thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
May 17thBourne Organ Club
May 20thTitchfield 50/50 Dance (more details)

01489 589 689

May 21stOld Windsor Memorial Hall
June 4thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

June 7thA Musical Boat Trip (more details)

Join Michael and the Students of the Rye Wurlitzer Academy as they play on a special day excursion sailing of the historic MV Balmoral, from Rye Harbour to London's Tower Pier and then return by coach. More information at www.RyeWurlitzerAcademy.co.uk

June 14thBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Afternoon Tea Dance (more details)

2.30pm, featuring guest vocalist Emily Matthews, 01202 451 870

July 2ndEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

July 6thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
July 6thBournemouth Pavilion
July 8thSelsey (more details)

7pm at the Methodist Church, Popular music with Electronic & Church organ plus grand piano, 01243 605 669

July 9thHayling Island - Top Note Festival - with Guests (more details)

Michael plays an afternoon solo concert and evening concert with guests trumpeter Richard Baker and drummer Dean Morris at the popular Mill Rhythe Festival, 01609 748 295 or 01757 708 509

July 10thWorthing Symphony Concert (more details)

7.30pm at The Assembly Hall, BN11 1HQ, Michael joins the Worthing Symphony Orchestra to play the organ part in the famous Saint-Saens Organ Symphony on the Worthing Wurlitzer, in a concert featuring Nicola Benedetti playing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, The Big Country by Moross and Alwyn’s The Card, 01903 206 206

July 10thThe Worthing Wurlitzer (more details)

7.30pm, Michael joins the Worthing Symphony Orchestra to play the organ part in the famous Saint-Saens Organ Symphony on the Worthing Wurlitzer, in a concert featuring Nicola Benedetti playing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, The Big Country by Moross and Alwyn’s The Card, 01903 206 206

July 22ndBognor Regis Afternoon Tea Concert (more details)

2.30pm at Waterloo Square Methodist Church Hall, PO21 1ST, on Michael's electronic organ, 01243 823 964

July 23rdHorsham Dance (more details)

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

July 23rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

3pm Dance

July 25thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
July 30thSolihull - Michael hosts the ATOS UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition at Fentham Hall (more details)

2pm. Entry details at www.atos-london.co.uk

August 3rdBerlin Silent Film Festival (more details)

www.babylonberlin.de

August 4thBerlin Silent Film Festival (more details)

www.babylonberlin.de

August 5thBerlin Silent Film Festival (more details)

www.babylonberlin.de

August 6thBerlin Silent Film Festival (more details)

www.babylonberlin.de

August 15thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
August 18thSwitzerland (more details)

Michael plays Paramount Virtual Organ in Lachen

August 19thSwitzerland (more details)

Michael plays Paramount Virtual Organ in Lachen

August 20thSwitzerland (more details)

Michael plays Paramount Virtual Organ in Lachen

September 3rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Dance, 3pm

September 10thHorsham Dance (more details)

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

September 15thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

A Last Night of the Proms Concert with guests, The Rye Bay Crew

September 16thSittingbourne Dance (more details)

Paws and Claws Dance Club, 7.30pm at Teynham Village Hall, ME9 9TU, 01795 536 196

September 24thRye Wurlitzer
September 26thMusical Breaks (more details)

Kidderminster Mercure Hotel Bewdley

September 27thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
September 27thMusical Breaks (more details)

Kidderminster Mercure Hotel Bewdley

October 8thSinging Hills Wurlitzer (more details)

Duet Show with Len Rawle

October 8thHorsham Dance (more details)

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

October 11thHayling Island Dance Festival (more details)

Michael plays an afternoon and evening spot for dancing as a part of this residential event, 01442 508 850

October 15thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Dance, 3pm

October 18thBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Afternoon Tea Dance (more details)

2.30pm, featuring guest vocalist Samara Stanton, 01202 451 870

October 21stThe Worthing Wurlitzer (more details)

Michael plays some featured spots and for a singalong in the 11am - 4pm session of Worthing Beer Festival, More information at http://www.worthingbeerfest.co.uk

October 21stChelmsford Organ and Keyboard Club
October 24thLaunceston Electronic Organ Club (more details)

New Venue.7.30pm Eagle House Hotel. 3 Castle Street. Launceston. PL15 7HS.

October 25thVerwood Organ Society
October 29thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Dance, 3pm

November 1stBrighton Dome Pavillion (more details)

2.30 01273 709 709

November 12thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Dance, 3pm

November 12thHorsham Dance (more details)

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

November 13thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
November 19thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Stockport
November 29thLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur production of The Wizard of Oz for the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

November 30thLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur production of The Wizard of Oz for the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

December 1stLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur production of The Wizard of Oz for the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

December 2ndLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

2.30pm & 7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur production of The Wizard of Oz for the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

December 3rdEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

Dance, 3pm

December 8thRye Wurlitzer (Academy) (more details)

with the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir

December 10thEast Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)

A musical Christmas Variety show with special guests

December 15thRegis Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

With Special Guests - Note FRIDAY night

December 20thBournemouth Pavilion Ballroom Afternoon Tea Dance (more details)

2.30pm, featuring guest vocalist Emily Matthews, 01202 451 870

Concerts in 2018
February 18thThe Worthing Wurlitzer
March 6thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE)
March 7thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert

March 10thNorth East Theatre Organ Association
March 11thNorth East Theatre Organ Association
March 18thScottish Cinema Organ Trust (COS)
March 23rdCookhill Keyboard Club
April 14thTitchfield 50/50 Dance (more details)

01489 589 689

May 12thSt Albans Organ Theatre
June 5thWithernsea Organ Society
June 6thGrimsby and District Electronic Organ Society
June 19thBolton In Tune (BADEOS)
June 20thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
September 15thBeer Wurlitzer
October 2ndBexley Music Club
October 10thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
October 20thTitchfield 50/50 Dance (more details)

01489 589 689

November 28thLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur musical produced by the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

November 29thLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur musical produced by the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

November 30thLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur musical produced by the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

December 1stLittlehampton, Windmill Theatre (more details)

2.30pm & 7.30pm, Michael plays for an amateur musical produced by the Stage Door Theatre Company, 01903 856 801

December 7thColchester Organ Society
December 13thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club