News and Events


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…


Can YOU help?

Community Keyboards is broadcast via Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM. You may know that any community broadcaster is subject to strict controls as to how it can advertise on air. Recently the decision was taken for each programme broadcast to raise sponsorship whereby the sponsor would receive credit during the programme. The cost of programme sponsorship would be £5 per hour and would include 3 x 12 second max announcements such as “…this programme is sponsored by Fred Bloggs, purveyors of the finest thingymebobs in the area”.

In the case of Community Keyboards, we are looking for a sponsor/sponsors to support this popular programme. There is a loyal audience across Oldham, Greater Manchester and beyond. If you are an individual or business that feels you may like to take advantage of this service, please contact the station at for more information or contact the programme directly at Thanks!


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!