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 2017|
|January 10th||East Coast Organ Society|
|January 17th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|January 26th||Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club|
|February 9th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|March 20th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton|
|March 27th||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 9th||White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society|
|May 18th||Harrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|May 30th||Orpington Keyboard Club|
|June 5th||Nuneaton and District Organ Society|
|June 27th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 13th||Stilton In Tune|
|September 13th||Hailsham Organ Club|
|October 11th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|November 7th||Bexley Music Club|
|Concerts in 2018|
|February 13th||Withernsea Organ Society (more details)|
|March 22nd||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|
|April 27th||Crawley Keyboard Club|
|May 15th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|
|October 10th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|Concerts in 2019|
|September 24th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|