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 2013|
|January 9th||Southport Organ & Keyboard Club|
|January 15th||White Rose Organ Society|
|February 3rd||Music For Northallerton (more details)|
Yorkshire Tea & Cake included!
|February 20th||North East Derbyshire Organ Society|
|March 4th||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|April 1st||Stafford Keyboard and Organ Club|
|April 18th||Wessex Organ World Society|
|April 23rd||Gloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|May 19th||Swineshead Village Hall|
|May 28th||Orpington Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 4th||Sutton Organ Society|
|June 6th||Bridport Electronic Organ Club|
|July 3rd||Watford Organ & Keyboard Club|
|July 9th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|July 31st||Regis Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 18th||Aldermaston Concert Centre|
|September 3rd||Bexley Electronic Organ Society|
|September 18th||Bourne Organ Club|
|September 21st||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club|
|September 24th||New Forest Organ Society|
|September 27th||Sheppey Organ Club|
|October 30th||North Tyneside Electronic Organ Society|
|November 7th||Scunthorpe Organ Society|
|November 12th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|Concerts in 2014|
|January 14th||East Coast Organ Society|
|February 5th||Ollerton and District Organ Society|
|February 13th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|February 18th||Bedworth Organ Society|
|March 13th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|March 18th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|
|March 22nd||Fleet & District Organ Society|
|April 9th||East London and Essex Organ Society|
|May 3rd||Basildon Keyboard Club|
|May 8th||Peterborough Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 23rd||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|July 1st||Skegness and District Organ Society|
|August 11th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|August 26th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 29th||Verwood Organ Society|
|November 11th||Cardiff Live Music Club|
|November 27th||Taunton and Wellington Keyboard Club|