As former musical director of the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa for over twenty years, TONY WHITTAKER has played for many shows and professional pantomimes, working alongside such TV celebrities as Gaby Roslin, Darren Day and Coronation Street stars Nick Cochran and Eve Steel.
A highlight in Tony's career was when he was asked to be Musical Director at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for BBC Radio WM 30th Birthday Celebration Variety Show compered by Ed Doolan and Malcolm Boydon. The sell-out concert included Irish singer Dominic Kirwin, Black Country comedienne Lizzie Wiggins, TV cook & singer Rusty Lee, and Australian Folk star John Williamson.
As leader of JAZZ QUINTET Shades of Shearing - Tony has performed extensively over the UK Theatre Circuits including the prestigious venue - Fairfield Hall, Croydon.
Tony's musical interests are wide, and when he is not recording advertising jingles for commercial radio, writes musical arrangements for Big Bands, cabaret artistes and performers. Tony has made several TV appearances on Granada, Central News, BBC and Channel 5.
For CONCERTS Tony plays a KORG KEYBOARD (organ-style with foot pedals) and a KURZWEIL PIANO, presenting a varied and entertaining programme that includes well-known standards, Gershwin, Cole Porter, etc, Show Tunes, Light Classical, Latin and jazz in the George Shearing style.
|Concerts in 2017|
|March 19th||Aldermaston Concert Centre (more details)|
This is a change from our original listing.
|April 11th||East Coast Organ Society|
|May 9th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 5th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|August 2nd||Cookhill Keyboard Club (more details)|
|August 5th||MERIDEN private event (more details)|
Dance Band gig
|November 29th||Leamington & District Organ Society (more details)|
Christmas theme with refreshments
|December 6th||Leamington Spa (more details)|
|Concerts in 2018|
|January 16th||Bedworth Organ Society|
|February 26th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 16th||Kings Lynn Organ Club|
|September 11th||Cardiff Live Music Club (more details)|
A welcome return by Tony, always enjoyed by our members.
|October 4th||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|Concerts in 2019|
|March 20th||Great Yarmouth Live Keyboard Music Club|