August 2019

Community Keyboards – featuring all that’s best from the King of Instruments.

Two brand new editions of the award-winning programme reflecting the King of Instruments in all its guises – whether it’s the sound of the mighty theatre and classical organ, traditional electronic organs or the very latest digital keyboards.  In our August editions we feature music and conversation from Tony Whittaker who makes a rare appearance in the area. One of the world’s most renowned classical organists Hans Uwe Hielscher joins me for an interesting insight into his long and diverse musical career as he visits Albion United Reformed Church in Ashton under Lyne to perform on the Lewis organ.  Regular organist there and President of the Manchester Organists Association Derek Sharples chats about its interest in the Cavaille Coll organ in Manchester Town Hall and we hear from the winners of the TDP Keyboard Music Forum. Other musical items included come from Dave Nicholas, Tony Pegler, Jimmy Smith (UK), Tim Duckworth and Alex McAllister. All in all – a packed couple of programmes!

Don’t forget you can contact the programme via this page or email – We’re live each Thursday morning at 9am on Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM, or via the station’s Listen Again service.

Hope you enjoy our June programmes and don’t forget to leave any comments for anything you would like to hear on Community Keyboards.

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For the complete list of archived Community Keyboards programmes click here

About Community Keyboards and Ian Wolstenholme

For four decades I have been fortunate to produce and present in multi-media, news, views, interviews and music from the popular organ and keyboard world.  Personally, I like to take it a stage further and describe the genre as “all things from the King of Instruments in all its guises” – for that’s what the organ truly is.

I won’t bore you with a life story (but if I must, there’s a full biography!) but my latest venture has been “Community Keyboards”, a weekly hour-long programme (actually two brand new editions per month) containing music and conversation on Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM.  Being a community broadcaster, our transmitted signal is devised primarily to target the Oldham area; in truth, we have many listeners who can receive the station and its programmes across several parts of Greater Manchester and beyond.

Our programmes – including Community Keyboards – are available as a listen again option on the Oldham Community Radio website – and for ease, the entire back catalogue of Community Keyboards editions are available here or by visiting the “Editions” link in the menu. Don’t forget to check out a selection of “from the archives” programmes too!

Whether you are a seasoned professional performer, home hobby player, or just enjoy listening to good music, I hope you find a friend in Community Keyboards.  Please feel free to comment anytime below.