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Organ concerts / Blackpool Opera House
August 28, 2015, 01:34:52 PM
Robert Wolfe, one of the worlds top theatre organists and showmen will be at the console of the historic Blackpool Opera House Mighty Wurlitzer, the very last new Wurlitzer to be installed in the UK.
Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.
Tickets are priced at £5

Some will see it as sillyness/nonsense and run it down. However, it is at the end of the day, abit of fun which is needed now and then, and the audience appreciate it! The sheer fact that Robert Wolfe can go between the manuals so rapidly and still squeeze in all the chord changes is amazing. It may be fast and get to the point where it gets mushy (pipes bordering on the edge of speech) but it is as fast and accurate as it can possibly get. It is also testament to Wurlitzer's relays which the Thursford Wurlitzer still is.
#4 A short clip from the opening dance of the new organ in the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool.
Looking at the comments and the public reaction on Cameron Carpenter's VEVO account....the public have well and truly said how they feel, but do they feel this about just Cameron Carpenter, or do they have similar thoughts about the organ scene in general too?
Personally I'd agree with the latter, not totally, but a good chunk of me agrees that that is generally how the general public see the organ and organists. - the video itself for those who wish to read the comments.
From one of the worlds greatest theatre organists, a selection of music from the musical "Forty Second Street"

And a piece called "Ashokan Farewell"
VERY productive day in Blackpool on the 26/11/13 working on the new Empress Ballroom organ. Heard the Tibia, Vox, saxaphone and Kinura (just in chords played from the tag boards) and they sound absolutely mouth watering down on the ballroom floor!

Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Sheffield Albert Hall
October 08, 2013, 08:36:05 PM
I'm trying to find out who was organist at Sheffield's Albert Hall from 1915 - 1918.  Can anyone help?
Also if anyone can shed some light on who was organist at the Victoria Hall in Sheffield around the same time?
Tickets are only £5 from Blackpool Winter Gardens Box Office, or the can be bought for £6.50 (inc booking fees) from Ticket Master

Four Organists Live - Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Theatre Organ Club at Blackpools Opera House Theatre. Join us on Wednesday the 12th of June at 2pm for an afternoon of music ranging from Light Classics, music from the movies, jazz and pops from four fine and entertaining organists on what is one of the best theatre organs in the UK, and also the only original installation Wurlitzer Organ in a working theatre in the UK.
Don't forget to come along this Saturday for a wonderful afternoon of music with Donald at the amazing 4/57 Compton organ on Saturday 20th April at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton- Doors open 1.30pm for 2.00pm Start
Tickets are a BARGAIN at only £5 on the door!!

Donald was born in Ayrshire (Scotland) in 1970. In October 1993 he was appointed House Organist of the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square when he was engaged to play the organ for 5 weeks before each performance of the Disney film, 'Aladdin'. Since then he has appeared regularly at film premieres, special events and organ concerts. He has broadcast from the Odeon on BBC Radios 2, 3, 4 and the World Service. He has been featured on a number of television programmes and Donald has played for numerous Royal Film Performances, including several in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Donald has played for concerts as well as for silent films throughout the UK at venues such as
The Victoria Hall - Hanley,
The Usher Hall - Edinburgh
The Alexandra Palace - London,
The Music Hall - Aberdeen,
The Caid Hall - Dundee,
Leicester Cathedral,
Wolverhampton Civic Hall,
St Anne's Cathedral - Belfast,
Clonard Monastery - Belfast,
Demontford Hall Leicester,
The Musical Museum - Brentford,
The Organ Museum - St Albans and also in Europe and the USA.

His overseas concert appearances have included
Bielsko Biala Bach Festival -Poland
Wanamaker Store - Philadelphia (USA)
Girard College - Philadelphia (USA)
He has also played in Holland for the Nederland's Orgel Federation and several times in Germany playing the Moller organ in the music hall of the world famous organ building firm of August Laukhuff. At this venue he has also played for silent film evenings as part of the Hohenloher Cultural Summer Festival. In 2008 he was honoured to become a Patron of the Lancaster Town Hall Organ Restoration Project.
Organ concerts / TCCOC Concerts
March 11, 2013, 01:21:03 PM
The one and only Phil Kelsall MBE in concert at the original 3/13 Wurlitzer in Blackpool's magnificent Opera House on Weds 13th March 2013  (THIS WEDS)

Phil has been resident organist at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool since 1977 and plays the Wurlitzer organ there from May through to the end of October.
In November and December he is to be found at the 3/19 Wurlitzer at the famous Thursford collection performing for the hugely successful Christmas Spectacular. From then on until the end of April, he embarks on a UK concert tour, not to mention playing for concerts across the world.
Phil has over forty albums available, more than any other living organist and in 1993 he was presented with the Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for his services to the British music industry and in the year 2010 he was honoured with an M.B.E for his services to music.

Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start, tickets are available from Blackpool Winter-Gardens Box office and are priced at £5.