2023/24 - My concert instrument for electronic concerts is the latest Yamaha Stagea ELC-02. For theatre organ concerts I can also offer a cross-over programme where I use the electronic for a few solo items and also to accompany the theatre organ using pre-sequences backing tracks. If this is of interest, do let me know at the time of booking.
Michael Carter is an organist from the West Midlands, near Solihull. He plays both electronic and theatre organ.
During his concerts you will hear a mix of theatre organ standards, orchestral arrangements, light classical items, film music and showtunes, as well as some popular tunes and diverse musical interpretations.
Michael started learning to play the organ following a visit to Blackpool Tower, aged nine. Michael was mesmerised by the sound and remembers deciding there and then that he wanted to play that instrument. Within a few years of hard work and with tutorage from Midlands Cinema Organist, Foley Bates, he returned to the Tower and achieved his ambition to play the famous instrument.
Throughout his teenage years he worked weekends and school holidays in local music shops in Warwick and Leamington Spa and continued with his lessons in theatre style whilst developing his own approach on electronic.
Michael started performing for concerts, dancing, and local events including an appearance on the same bill as a young Joe Pasquale for a charity event. Throughout these early years, he owned many instruments and most performances were either on his Hammond M102 or on Yamaha HS series. His love for theatre organ remained and Michael performed a number of concerts alongside his teacher as well as solo events.
After a 20-year musical hiatus to focus on his career in IT, Michael returned to the concert scene in 2017 and now uses a Yamaha Stagea ELC-02 imported from Japan for all electronic concerts.
With a full-time career as an IT Manager, Michael is only able to accept a limited number of engagements each year. Please do get in touch early if possible
In his spare time, Michael helps with maintenance at some theatre organ venues and is the editor for 'Cinema Organ'; the quarterly journal of the Cinema Organ Society. His house is also home to a 2-manual Wurlitzer console (originally from the New Victoria Cinema, Edinburgh) that he is rebuilding as a Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ using computers instead of pipes.
Early 2020 saw Michael making a return recreational visit to the USA to play a number of theatre organs around PA, DE and NJ before things halted due to Covid. Michael was due to travel to the Isle of Man Wurlitzer to play for a midweek concert and make return visits to the LTOT in Peel Green and the Wurlitzer's at Beer and Rye, but as we know there followed 18 months of disruption. Happily, live music is firmly back on the agenda and during 2022/23, in addition to the usual concerts, Michael played a number of cross-events featuring electronics and pipes.
Booking now for 2023/24
Michael will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2023|
|January 5th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|February 9th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|March 16th||Harrogate Keyboard Club|
|April 20th||Abergele and District Electronic Organ Society|
|June 13th||Leamington & District Organ Society|
|August 30th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|September 12th||Cinema Organ Society - Northern District (more details)|
Open Day from 11am - 4pm with mini-concerts, chamber tours and light refreshments - ADMISSION FREE
|October 11th||Ashfield Keyboard Concerts|
|October 23rd||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|November 5th||Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District|
|Concerts in 2024|
|January 3rd||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|February 1st||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 6th||Grimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club|
|March 9th||Beer Wurlitzer|
|May 24th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (Bury St Edmunds)|
|June 19th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|September 2nd||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|September 28th||Worcester Organists Association 60th Anniversary Concert (more details)|
A concert featuring several members
|October 1st||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel
|October 13th||Colchester Keyboard Concerts|
|October 20th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club|