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.
|Concerts in 2020|
|January 21st||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|February 12th||Sutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society (more details)|
|February 13th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|April 6th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|April 16th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|June 9th||Blackpool Keyboard Club|
|June 26th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.
|July 3rd||Colchester Keyboard Concerts|