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Stephen Austin

Telephone Number :  07731 148530   or   01253 893220

Email address :  camera@organ162.freeserve.co.uk

Address :  4, Coppins Green,  Poulton-Le-Fylde,  Lancashire,  FY6 8EP 

About Stephen

Stephen was born in Taplow, Bucks in 1952 and spent the next 21 years living around the Home Counties during which time he studied piano and classical organ (with Anne Jones, Alan Parry and Roy Wise) to Grade 8. On leaving Shenfield High School 6th Form, Stephen was offered a position at Hammond Organ UK on the recommendation of Ena Baga whom he had come to know through local Hammond Organ Societies (and the Ideal Home Exhibitions). Stephen was appointed assistant to Keith Beckingham and to George Blackmore (the Musical Director) at the time when Ena, Bryan Rodwell, Hubert Selby, Len Rawle and Stanley King were regular visitors to the office. Stephen was later offered a job as demonstrator/salesman/in-house teacher at the famous Cavendish Organ Centre in London's West End - this, Stephen eagerly accepted. During his time there, many lunch hours were spent at the New Gallery Theatre Wurlitzer in Regent Street (now a Burberry Fashion store - complete with Wurlitzer!). Saturday mornings were "lesson time" with John Stewart at the Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn, and he also continued his classical studies at the Royal College of Organists although he dare not tell his tutors there of his theatre organ activities!                                                                                                                                      

 In 1974, Stephen moved up to Blackpool to go into partnership with organist and photography expert John Nunns and together they opened the "Camera & Organ Centre" selling a wide range of photographic equipment together with electronic organs and keyboards and also famously stocking a vast range of theatre organ LP records - much visited by theatre organ enthusiasts when in Blackpool. Together and with friends, Stephen and John formed Blackpool Keyboard Club" organ society of which John is still Chairman and Stephen still Secretary - 43 years later!                                                                                                                                                                                 

The retail shop closed some years ago and Stephen now has a busy music teaching practise specialising in piano, organ, keyboard and music theory - teaching adults and children both in 1-2-1 and classes as well as, from time to time, examining keyboard studies and popular vocals for the ICMA Examination Board. 

Stephen is quite busy on the organ concert scene and has appeared at various theatre organ venues including the Paramount Organ Studios, Bolton, The Cannock Wurlitzer, the LTOT Heritage Centre at Peel Green on many occasions, Saltaire Victoria Hall, Stockport Town Hall, Ossett Town Hall, The Rex, Elland, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, ST. Cuthberts Church, Lytham, The Plaza, Stockport and Blackpool Opera House, Fentham Hall, Harworth - with forthcoming invitations to play again at Harworth, LTOT Heritage Centre in 2018....and at Worthing and Shrewsbury Buttermarket in 2018

At the beginning of 2017 Stephen chose to teach "part time"....two BUSY days a week, as he DOES have other hobbies - including cooking, travel (he speaks several languages) and model railways - a large layout occupying a room at home.

The latest addition to the "hobbies" is a 4-manual 26 rank theatre organ based on the Hauptwerk Paramount 450 programme but housed in a beautiful Wurlitzer-style console, fully restored and re-painted by John Nunns. It has 80 pistons and 235 Wurlitzer replica stop tabs.  The instrument is now fully completed in all aspects and is playable....usually into the wee small hours!

 

Stephen's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2017
February 19thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust
March 29thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
April 19thBlackpool Opera House (more details)

Five Organists

April 22ndLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre (more details)

St. George's Day Concert

August 20thRye Wurlitzer
September 10thCinema Organ Society @ Victoria Hall, Saltaire, W. Yorks
September 13thSt. John's Church, Thornton, Near Blackpool (more details)

"Theatre Organ" at the Makin Organ

September 21stSt. Andrew's Church, Penistone
September 27thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
October 8thTheatre Organ Club, Odeon Cinema, Weston Super Mare (more details)

Stephen Austin and Cameron Lloyd at the Odeon, Weston Super Mare

Concerts in 2018
November 18thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust