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 2018|
|January 16th||Bedworth Organ Society|
|February 26th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 16th||Kings Lynn Organ Club|
|June 2nd||Private event - WARWICK|
|July 1st||Private event - Solihull|
|August 4th||MERIDEN private event|
|August 22nd||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno
|August 23rd||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno
|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|
|May 1st||Grimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club|
|May 23rd||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|
|July 1st||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|August 3rd||MERIDEN private event|