May 2019

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

Two brand new programmes for May including music and conversation in our first edition with organist Peter Jebson at Stockport Town Hall and we visit the Victoria Hall in Saltaire, home to the Wurlitzer organ which started life in the Gaumont Cinema in Oldham, and meet one of the busiest all-round keyboard virtuoso performers Andy Quin at the console as guest of the Cinema Organ Society.

In our second edition we catch up with Tony Stace at Cheadle and District Organ Society and discover the connection between cake and keyboards!  We travel across to the Peel Green Heritage Centre in Eccles to chat with Keith Beckingham at the console of not one, not two but three theatre and electronic organs under the watchful care of the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust.

Andy Quin at the Wurlitzer organ in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.
Keith Beckingham playing Wurlitzer, Compton and Hammond at Peel Green Heritage Centre, Eccles, Manchester

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

If you prefer to download to listen, please use

Dropbox link for Edition 1

Dropbox link for Edition 2

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.