June 2019

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

Two brand new editions for June!  In the first programme I’m joined by Gordon Stewart, organist at Huddersfield Town Hall who chats with me about the renovation of a pipe organ in Gee Cross, plus some anecdotes from his time on the classical stage.  We meet organist Richard Hills at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire to find out more about his sparkling keyboard career.  The first round of winners of the latest Keyboard Music Forum online challenge are featured as they take on the “country” theme and there’s a chance to hear a couple of tracks from organist Mark Laflin’s new CD recorded on Compton organ in St John Vianney Church in Clayhall.  All this plus lots of music from the theatre and electronic organ world.  Our second edition features a new name to the digital theatre organ marketplace – Mason Lowe – and Tower Ballroom star Phil Kelsall MBE presents this brand new instrument in Manchester for its first airing exclusive to Community Keyboards and we hear about it’s concept and development plans from Richard Lowe and David Mason.  We journey over to Blackpool’s Opera House to hear four “Organists on Parade” – David Lobban, Stephen Austin, Cameron Lloyd and Alec Walters and hear some exclusive recordings of the superb 80-year old Wurlitzer there and we’ve more excellent tracks from Alex McCallister and Stephen Vincent.  It’s a packed June and as usual I hope you enjoy the shows.

Richard Hills at the Saltaire Wurlitzer
The Mason-Lowe digital Opus 1 theatre organ
Cameron Lloyd heads up the “Organists on Parade” at Blackpool’s Opera House

Don’t forget you can contact the programme via this page or email – communitykeyboards@gmail.com. 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.

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.

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