The effect on public organ and keyboard music concerts has been dramatic. It has been truly inspirational to see the use of online technology to present “in loco parentis” spontaneous live broadcasts via social media. This is great for the many who have access to such online services but please be mindful of many enthusiasts who do not. The traditional radio medium is often the only source of entertainment for our kind of music and, almost two years on from the axing of the national BBC organ programme, is increasingly difficult to provide. During the Coronavirus crisis, Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM will continue to broadcast Community Keyboards on air but this may be subject to change in a fluid broadcast schedule.
I have spoken to many colleagues today (7th August 2019) who were unaware, as was I, of the passing of Harry Stoneham last December. I would like to share my last conversation with the artiste, together with some of his music, from an interview we recorded at the Llay Organ Society in 2002. I send sincere belated condolences to Harry’s family. Another of our organ world greats leaves us.
….and one of the reasons I do what I do in the organ world. Just goes to show what a true gent Harry Stoneham was in this final comment from him in my interview for hospital radio in Oldham of December 1982. RIP Harry.
A TRAGEDY WITH HOPE?
Following the devastating fire last evening at Notre Dame Cathedral, Johann Vexo one of the organists there speaks to BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Mischal Hussain
HAPPY RETIREMENT TO JOYCE ALLDRED
At the TOC/LTOT Celebratory Weekend last July, Joyce, a Vice President of the LTOT, announced that, after 62 years as a professional organist, she was retiring from public concerts, but will be continuing to support club events at coffee mornings, fund raisers etc.
Her last professional engagement was scheduled for the Heritage Centre last September, but unfortunately Joyce was hospitalised and had to cancel that appearance.
Joyce will now present this rescheduled event at the Heritage Centre on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
It is fitting that as resident organist for 16 years at the Davenport Theatre, Stockport, Joyce can again renew her association with the now enlarged specification Davenport Compton, now installed in the Heritage Centre.
In 1987, Ian Wolstenholme (then with Radio Cavell Hospital Radio in Oldham) and team made a special recording of several organists at the Davenport Theatre in Stockport. You can hear Joyce’s 15 minute performance here. Enjoy…and Happy Retirement to the First Lady of the Davenport Compton!
I am devastated to hear the news of the passing of keyboard entertainer Chiho Sunamoto on 12th November 2018. A bright light in the organ world has gone out today but a huge musical legacy still shines forever…
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The Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust and Theatre Organ Club of Great Britain celebrated their 50th and 80th Year Anniversaries with a Special Gala Weekend in July featuring organists Nigel Ogden, Ian Gough, Joyce Alldred, David Shepherd, John Mann, Donald MacKenzie, Len Rawle and David Ivory on a variety of theatre organ installations across the Greater Manchester area. The event will be featured on the August and September editions of the programme
Keyboard star Pete Shaw (right) and friends Edward Culshaw and Tony Parry starting a charity bike ride in aid of Nichola’s Fund Children’s Cancer from Land’s End to John o’Groats on 17th May. You can donate to this by clicking the link above which will take you to Pete’s Facebook profile and Just Giving page. Good luck guys!
Another organ world personality take from us far too soon. Bohm star Mark Whale features in our June edition of Community Keyboards. Our condolences to his family and friends.N
Very sad to hear of the passing of Wersi star Curt Prina on May 18th aged 89 years Our condolences to his family and friends
Now on air! Mechanical Music Radio is a great webcast for all enthusiasts of automatic instruments such as fair and street organs. It’s the brainchild of James Dundon and is 24-hour available via its website or app. Check it out!
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