A new tribute website has been produced for the late Brian Sharp by Cled Griffin who presented him at Britain’s first Home Electronic Organ Festival in 1980. The website includes videos of Brian, interviews, tribute radio broadcasts and memories by players who knew him personally.
We were very sorry to hear the news that Alan Haven sadly passed away aged 80 on January 7th 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was one of the most talented organists from the 1960s onwards.
Alan Haven enjoyed success with John Barry on the soundtracks to 1960s film classics including The Knack, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love and critical acclaim for his performances and recordings with jazz drumming supremo Tony Crombie. He further scored a surprise single hit with his recording of “Image”.
Ian Griffin was always fascinated when his grandfather (on his mother’s side) played his Wurlitzer electronic organ and baby grand piano. He was only seven years old when he crept into his grandfather’s parlour and started to play tunes on the organ. He was ‘discovered’ when the rest of the family heard the music from […]
Claudia is a world renowned professional organist and keyboard player: a veritable Superstar on her instrument, who has not only performed successfully in Europe, but also in North and South America too. Besides her work as a solo artist she has made a name for herself as an “orchestra” for well-known vocalists and instrumentalists, having accompanied world-famous opera stars like René Kollo, Eva Lind or the GERMAN TENORS and Germany’s leading trumpet player Walter Scholz on several occasions.
Robert Wolfe is recognised as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the theatre organ. Acclaimed for his sheer artistry, renowned for his musicality, he is without question one of the top British organists. At the early age of sixteen, he became the youngest musician at that time to join the team of organists at the world famous Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. After three years, in 1981, he was invited to inaugurate the Wurlitzer show at the Thursford Collection, near Fakenham in Norfolk.
During a family visit to Blackpool in 1969 Nicholas overheard the Wurlitzer organ being played in the famous Tower Ballroom by none other than Reginald Dixon. Upon hearing that instrument, performed by “Mr. Blackpool”, in that environment, Nick was overwhelmed with the organ. It was shortly after this visit that Nick started his musical studies.
David C. Dunlap began playing the organ under unusual circumstances. When his father considered enrolling in organ classes with the Mott Adult Education Foundation Program in Flint, Michigan, his father was too nervous to go by himself. So he took eleven-year-old David along for moral support. They both ended up enrolling, making David the youngest person ever to study in the adult program.
Maestro Hector Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. ‘The Times Reporter’, describes an evening with Hector Olivera as: “An event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Hector Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.”
Klaus Wunderlich by Alan Ashton My first introduction to the music of Klaus Wunderlich was through the purchase of one of his first LPs released in the United Kingdom. It was around this time that I began to produce and present my weekly programmes of theatre and electronic organ music on the local radio station, […]
After spending a number of years in the Retail Business, Andrew joined a Trio playing the keyboards entertaining at various clubs and backing cabaret artistes at Holiday Clubs. In 1988 he started working at Bees Music in Chichester. After two years Andrew was promoted to Manager of the Southampton branch, but by this time he was itching to become a full time professional, so in 1991 he did just that.
Penny was born in Buckinghamshire to a musical family. When she was two they inherited grandmother’s Bluthner. It was infested with mice, which awoke Penny’s interest in the instrument, and she started piano lessons at four. Tuition on violin, cello, classical guitar, trumpet and church organ followed.