Concert organist, Ryan Edwards, was born in Derbyshire on February 4th, 1978. Having developed a passion for organs at an early age, through the influence of his grandfather, an amateur organist, Ryan embarked on his first electronic organ lessons at the tender age of eight on an old Gulbranson organ. Ryan's enthusiasm for organ playing later led him to seek tuition from top organist Tim Flint, who managed to foster his natural talent and put him at the forefront of the concert circuit.
He started his public life back in 1992, when he appeared as a junior at the National Electronic Organ Festival in Morecambe, which were followed by appearances in 1993 and 1994. His first official booking was for the Belper Organ Society and Southport Organ and Keyboard Club in 1994. His popularity grew rapidly and bookings started coming in thick and fast. Since 1992 he has given over 500 concerts across the British Isles as well as playing for all the major festivals. He became a professional organist in 1996. He was very privileged to be featured on the front cover of 'Organ Times' magazine (December/January 1998) and have an article about his life in the 'Musicians for the Millennium' section of 'Organ and Keyboard World/ magazine (February/March 1998).
Ryan's first recording "Skyliner" was released in 1995 and he later went on to record "Now ... I Know Why" in 1997. A further CD " Re Draft" was issued in 2001. Tracks from all three albums have been featured on the BBC Radio 2 programme 'The Organist Entertains'. He has also produced a Performance Disk on the Yamaha EL900 for the Yamaha Club, being sold through Inter-Active, the official club magazine for the Yamaha enthusiast. Tracks are 'At Last/I Know Why', 'Festal Day', 'March of the Cobblers' and 'Zampa'.
Ryan's continued popularity on the circuit could be a result of his fresh approach to organ playing which is reflected in the variety of styles of music in his concert programme. He understands the need to awaken new interest in the organ especially in his generation by appealing to both traditional and modern tastes. In his spare time Ryan is a keen sports enthusiast, regularly playing snooker, golf, running, walking, swimming and generally keeping fit. He also enjoys going to local and national concerts and to the theatre as much as possible.
Ryan will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2018|
|January 8th||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|January 21st||Music for the North East|
|February 13th||Withernsea Organ Society (more details)|
|February 14th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|March 21st||Llay Organ Society|
|March 22nd||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|
|March 27th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|April 27th||Crawley Keyboard Club|
|September 10th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|September 19th||World of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)|
|October 10th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|October 18th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|October 26th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
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|December 18th||Bolton In Tune (BADEOS)|
|Concerts in 2019|
|February 26th||Gloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|March 4th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
|March 26th||Orpington Keyboard Club|
|April 5th||Colchester Organ Society|
|May 21st||Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society|
|June 4th||Eastbourne Piano and Keyboard Club|
|June 18th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club|
|June 19th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club|
|July 15th||The Organised Music Society|
|September 11th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|September 17th||Bedworth Organ Society|
|September 24th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 3rd||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 30th||Verwood in Tune|
|November 16th||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)|
25 years since Ryan’s first concert at Belper