Organist Directory :- Theatre D to G

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John Dalton
John Dalton opened the Empire, Whitby
1938 playing at the Carlton Theatre, Hull
Played Church organ
Thomas Dando 1st July 1902 - 1982
Thomas Dando organist
Image from Theatre Organ World


Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Thomas Dando was born 1st July 1902 in Atherton, Lancashire.
Thomas commenced organ studies at the age of eight and held his first church appointment at the age of eleven.
He continued his studies under Dr. R. H. Mort. Commenced his theatre organ career playing for silent films in Manchester, aged sixteen.
Other appointments included the Capitol, Didsbury; Broadway, Eccles; Plaza, Worthing; Regal, Rotherham; Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road & Gaumont, Manchester.
He toured both the Granada and L. Morris circuits.
He used his own electric organ for appearances in the North and Midlands. He also had his own variety band.
He started broadcasting in 1935 on the BBC Home & Empire wavelengths from all parts of the country, including the BBC organs at St. Georges Hall, Evesham & Llandudno
His signature tune was 'Keep Your Sunny Side Up'.
Thomas Dando died in 1982 at Leigh, Greater Manchester.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
F. Davenport
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Harry Davidson 16th. Jul 1892 - 1st Feb 1967
Song Of The Bells
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
'Rose Marie' Selection
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
There's An Organ Playing In My Dreams
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
Underneath The Arches
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
Big Ben's Saying Goodnight
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
    Tracks
  • Azuri's Dance Of Triumph
  • The Desert Song
  • The Riff Song
  • The Foreign Legion
  • Romance
  • One Alone

Commodore
Standaart
1933
The Merry Widow
Commodore Hammersmith
Standaart
1933
Baldassere's Theme
Husbands And Wives
A Paradise For Two
My Life Is Love
A Bachelor Gay
Brooch Melody
Honour Among Thieves
Love Will Find A Way
Commodore Hammersmith
Standaart
1933
Harry Davidson organist
Harry Davidson was born 16th. July 1892 in Croydon
He learnt to play the piano, violin and cello but it was his proficiency at the organ which gave him his first musical engagement.
Harry's first broadcast came in 1924 at the Vincent organ of the Majestic Cinema, Leeds.
in 1929 he opened and was appointed resident organist at the newly-built Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith.
Harry found himself much in demand at the BBC in the early war years with his own orchestra in such programmes as Music While You Work.
However, his greatest triumph was launched by Fred Hartley and Douglas Lawrence on 2nd. November 1943. They called it 'Those Were The Days'.
Harry Davidson died on the 1st February 1967
Extract:- Masters of Melody Web site
Robert Davies
Link to Robert Davies pipe organ page
Link to the Robert Davies OrganFax page
Anything Goes, Best Things in Life are free :- Burton Wurlitzer
Robert Davies organist
Robert with the Burton on Trent Wurlitzer

Robert Davies and the Bohm Emporio 600
Link to the Apple store for more music by Robert
Robert Davies played piano for many years before switching to organ.
Robert is well known amongst the dancing fraternity nationwide and has a great deal of experience playing both pipe and electronic organs in concert and cabaret support
He has played in Germany on both piano and organ, at the Fort Regent Complex in St. Helier, Jersey, playing both organ and drums, on radio, and has completed several summer seasons on the East Coast and Blackpool, being the resident band leader and musical director from 1992 until 1995 at Pontins, Blackpool.
He has also appeared at most of the major Organ Festivals including Caister, Blackpool, Hemsby, Isle of Wight and Barton Hall, and at numerous Organ Societies all over the country.
When Robert is playing for Organ Societies he plays the Bohm Diamant 280CT concert organ. He has owned the organ for over twenty two years updating it as and when required to bring it up to the present model, doing all the work himself, building and installing all the circuit boards himself.
Extract:- Organfax
William Davies 25th Jun 1921 - 2nd Mar 2006
Robert Farnon medley
Toy town trumpeters/ Grasshoppers dance
Litolff scherzo
Alphabetical Selection -
G to L - M to R - S to Z

Comedians Gallop
Granada Tooting
Wurlitzer
Whistler & His Dog
Granada Tooting
Wurlitzer
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
Granada Tooting
Wurlitzer
September In The Rain
Granada Tooting
Wurlitzer

William Davies

William Arthur Davies was born at Bolton, Lancashire, on June 25 1921. At the age of seven he began taking piano lessons, and by the time he was 11 he was learning the organ with his uncle, who played at the local Methodist Chapel. William was soon to be found practicing on the local Lido and Odeon cinema organs. At the age of 18 he joined the RAF, and served in Ceylon.
Davies's professional career began at the Gaumont cinema, Wolverhampton, in 1946. By late 1947 he was playing at the Gaumont, Finchley. He then moved to the West End of London. There, after a short spell at the Metropole, Victoria, he spent 18 months at the Dominion in Tottenham Court Road.
In 1950 he moved towards arranging and composition, and began writing for the BBC Light Music Unit. He then embarked on his long association with the popular radio program, Friday Night is Music Night, as conductor, arranger and featured piano soloist.
In 1956 Davies joined British Lion at Shepperton Studios and scored several films for them. By the 1960s he was Musical Director for Southern Television, and in 1972 he provided the music for Alistair Cooke's epic radio series Letter from America.
In 1975 Davies worked with Alan Bennett on his television play Sunset Across the Bay, and three years later wrote the score for the film The Last Tasmanian.
Throughout this time Davies could be heard on the BBC Theatre organ in London. He also played at various cinemas including, in 1960, the first organ broadcast in stereo, from the Trocadero at Elephant & Castle.
In the 1970s Davies provided the backing for Gracie Fields. He later did a series of 15-minute programs for BBC Radio 2, At the Piano.
He was still working in the 1990s, and in 1992 he wrote a completely new score for Ernst Lubitsch's German film from 1919, The Oyster Princess.
Davies played the organ in his local church, first at Stoke Poges, and then at Sutton, Surrey. He was also connected with the Carmelite Priory in Kensington, where he played the organ for special Sunday services, religious holidays and at Christmas.
Bill Davies married Eileen Watts in 1943. The marriage ended in 1987. In 1991 Davies married Felicity White.
William Arthur Davies died 2nd March 2006.
Extract:- Daily Telegraph obituary
Frank Davis
During 1940 Frank Davis was resident at and broadcast from Paramount Theatre, Manchester
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- various
George Dawson
George Dawson opened the Plaza Cinema Liverpool on the 2nd September 1939.
Herbert A. Dawson
Herbert A. Dawson opened the Regal Cinema, Handsworth; Alma Theatre, Luton and Grand Cinema, Southport
He recorded on the Grand Organ at Kingsway Hall.

1939 broadcast from St. Margerat's Westminster
Terence Dene
Terence Dene organist
Image from Theatre Organ World
Terence Dene was born August 1910 in London.
He studied music at the Guildhall School of Music. He began his musical career at the age of 17 as an orchestral organist at the Avenue Pacilion Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue.
Subsequent appointments were; Tussauds Cinema, London; Carlton Cinema, Upton Park & Gaumont Palace, Chadwell Heath where he opened the cinema and remained as resident organist.
Terence joined the Civil Defence Service as a stretcher bearer in 1939 and served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves from 1941 to 1946. Saw war service in Orkneys, on the Kent Coast during the flying bomb attacks, and in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark, taking part in their liberation.
While in Copenhagen was given special permission to play the 3 Manual 7 Rank Wurlitzer at the Palladium.
After the war returned to Gaumont Palace, Chadwell Heath
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Bruce Denham
pseudonym of Jackie Brown ? 1946 Playing the Odeon Circuit.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Barbara Dennerlein born 25th Sept 1964
Jazz on the Church Pipe Organ
Interviews
Part 1 Barbara Dennerlein's Sep 2012 interview for the Talkin' Blues column on All About Jazz
Part 2 Barbara Dennerlein's Sep 2012 interview for the Talkin' Blues column on All About Jazz
Organ Tour Barbara Dennerlein gives a tour of her new virtual pipe organ in Sep 2012.
barbara dennerlein Web logo

Barbara Dennerlein was born in Munich in 1964, she fell in love with one sound at an early age. While others were practicing "Für Elise" or strumming "All You Need Is Love" on the guitar, Barbara was fascinated by the sound of the Hammond organ.
She was eleven when her father, himself an organ fan, was acting a little bit out of self-interest when he bought the Christmas present. If Barbara lost interest, he could always play it himself! But it all turned out quite differently. Barbara never took her hands off the instrument again. And things didn't stop there either. The fourth instrument on which Barbara indulged in her passion was the "Holy Grail" of organs: an original Hammond long since out of production - the legendary Hammond B3.
And so began Barbara's own journey of discovery into the world of music. In addition to studying the classical repertoire of standards, she began to compose her own numbers very early on.
Following first performances as a thirteen-year-old, she began to play in clubs at the age of fifteen. In the early eighties she was already celebrated as the "organ tornado from Munich". Later on, "Harper's Bazar" wondered:"How did this Fräulein get so funky?" and the Los Angeles Times headlined with: 'German Organist Pumps You Up'.
For years Barbara Dennerlein has topped critics' polls in American jazz magazines and can call a worldwide community of devoted jazz friends her own. Yet through all this she has remained modest and uncomplicated, like the proverbial 'girl next door', never failing to mention the support of her parents in interviews.
Extract:- Barbara Dennerlein Web site
Reginald Denning 1923 - 25th Feb 1929
Following a short spell as organist at the Central in Hull Reginald Denning opened the Carlton, Hull on September 10th 1928.
Having got engaged in the December of 1928 he developed influenza and died 25th February 1929 aged 26.
Extract:- Hull Daily Mail
Reginald Dixon 16th Oct 1904 – 9th May 1985
His last TV Interview
Playing the Playhouse theatre and Free Trade Hall in Manchester
On the ex Paramount / Odeon Wurlitzer

Reginald Dixon Rhapsody in Blue Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
The Storm - Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer
Old Wurlitzer Singalongs"
Rock and Roll Medley
I do like to be beside the seaside medley
Medley

Dixon Requests
Dixon Requests 1
Trees
Song Of Songs
Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life
Smilin' Through
Mother Macree
Danny Boy

Dixonland
Dixonland 1
I Hate Myself
Isle Of Capri
My Song For You
With My Eyes Wide Open
May I?
I Never Had A Chance
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
1935
Dixonland 2
Little Man You've Had A Busy Day
Love Thy Neighbour
Ole Faithful
Carioca
Love In Bloom
Over My Shoulder
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
1935
Dixonland 5
My Heart Was Sleeping
I Only Have Eyes For You
Congratulate Me
I Couldn't Be Mean To You
I Taught Her How To Play
Love's In The Air Again
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
1935
Dixonland 6
When Autumn Comes Around
Roll Along Covered Wagon
Georgia's Gorgeous Gal
I Saw Stars
No! No! A Thousand Times No!
Lost In A Fog
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
1935

Dancing Time
Dancing Time 1
- Waltz -
The Merry Widow
Maid of the Mountains
My Hero
The Blue Danube
- Quickstep -
Rosalie
I Double Dare You
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Dancing Time 2
- Quicksteps -
You're An Education
Bob White
Mama
I wanna Make Rhythm
Goodnight Angel
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Dancing Time 3
- Quicksteps -
I'm Gonna Lock My Heart
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
- Slow Foxtrots -
Music, Maestro, Please
Little Lady Make Believe
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Dancing Time 4
- Quicksteps -
Love Makes the World Go Round
Change Partners
- Waltzes -
When Mother Nature Plays Her Lullaby
Cinderella, Stay in my Arms
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Dancing Time 5
- Foxtrots -
Grandma Said
I Miss You In The Morning
- Waltzes -
I Shall Remember You Smiling
Where The Shannon Flows Down To The Sea
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Jolson Songs
- Quicksteps -
I'm Just Wild About Harry

rock-a-bye Your Baby
me & My Gal
lullaby Of Broadway
toot, Toot, Tootsie
waiting For The Robert E. Lee
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
1952

Blackpool Song Mixture
Blackpool Song Mixture 1
A Broken Rosary
The Old Spinning Wheel
In The Valley Of The Moon (with Vocal)
Goodnight, But Not Goodbye
Castles In The Sand
Girl In The Little Green Hat
Something Came And Got Me In The Spring (with Vocal)
Wheezy Anna
Tower Wurlitzer
(August 1933)
Blackpool Song Mixture 2
Stormy Weather
Have You Ever Been Lonely?
When The Wild, Wild Roses Bloom (with Vocal)
Letting The Sunshine
I Like Mountain Music
When It's Lamp Lightin' Time In The Valley
My Wishing Song (with Vocal)
Shuffle Off To Buffalo
Tower Wurlitzer
(August 1933)
Blackpool Song Mixture 3
Let's Call It A Day
I Cover The Waterfront
Learn To Croon (with Vocal)
Isn't It Heavenly
Hiawatha's Lullaby
A Little Second-hand Store
I Can't Remember (with Vocal)
Stay Out Of My Dreams
Tower Wurlitzer
(October 1933)
Blackpool Song Mixture 4
We'll Always Be Friends
Lazybones (with Vocal)
I Raised My Hat
There's A New Day Coming
Sundown In A Little Green Hollow
My Forgotten Man
Shadow Waltz (with Vocal)
It's Time To Sing Sweet Adeline Again
Tower Wurlitzer
(October 1933)
Blackpool Song Mixture 6
Night And Day
I'll Take An Option On You (with Vocal)
You're An Old Smoothie
Trouble In Paradise
I Like To Go Back In The Evening
Snowball (with Vocal)
Let The World Go Drifting By
Tower Wurlitzer
(December 1933)
Blackpool Song Mixture 7
Meet The Navy
Yvonne (with Vocal)
The Last Round-up
He Was A Handsome Young Soldier
Tower Wurlitzer
(December 1933)
Blackpool Song Mixture 8
The Wedding Of Mr. Mickey Mouse
My Moonlight Madonna (with Vocal)
It's The Talk Of The Town
Hand In Hand
Heading For A Wedding
In A Vine Covered Church (with Vocal)
From Me To You
Roll Up The Carpet
Tower Wurlitzer
(December 1933)

Dixon Time
Dixontime 1
Deep Purple
The Masquerade Is Over
Boomps-a-daisy
Little Sir Echo
Summer Sweetheart
South Of The Border
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 2
Wings Over the Navy
Lords of the Air
There'll Always Be an England
Run, Rabbit, Run
Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
Wish me Luck as You Wave me Goodbye
Granada Theatre, Kingston
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 3
Good Morning
In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room
Are You Having Any Fun?
I'll Pray For You
Over The Rainbow
Bella Bambino
Granada Tooting
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 4
There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
In An Old Dutch Garden
Oh! Johnny
You Made Me Care""Dreaming
I Wanna Wrap You Up
Granada Tooting
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 5
The Woodpecker Song
When Our Dreams Grow Old
Indian Summer
Say It
If I Should Fall In Love Again
The Singing Hills
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 6
Don't You Cry
I Can't Love You Any More
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Playmates
Fools Rush In
Make Love With A Guitar
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 7
Bless 'em All
There'll Come Another Day
Our Love Affair
Only Forever
You're Breaking My Heart All Over Again
Ferry Boat Serenade
Abbey Road Studio
Compton Organ
Dixontime 9
Hey, Little Hen
I'll Think Of You
Beneath The Lights Of Home
Abbey Road Studio
Compton Organ
Dixontime 10
Dolores
The Band Played On
Corn Silk
Aurora
Heart's Don't Lie
The Hut-Sut Song
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 11
Rose O'day
That Lovely Weekend
Wrap Yourself In Cotton Wool
Yours
Green Eyes
Home Sweet Home Again
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
Dixontime 12
Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie
What More Can I Say
I Know Why
The White Cliffs of Dover
Papa Niccolini
The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
1942

Dixon Hits
Dixon Hits 1
On The Good Ship Lollipop
The Bridal Waltz
Seein' Is Believin'
Lullaby Of Broadway
Life Is A Song
St. James Park
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1935)
Dixon Hits 2
Call Me Sweetheart
When I Grow Too Old To Dream
Rehearsing A Lullaby
In A Little Gypsy Tea-room
Me And The Old Folks At Home
The Oregon Trail
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1935)
Dixon Hits 3
red Sails In The Sunset
A Little Dash Of Dublin
I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again
South American Joe
There's A Lovely Lake In London
Love Is Everywhere
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1936)
Dixon Hits 4
All for a Shilling a Day
Rose in Her Hair
I'm in the Mood for Love
The General's Fast Asleep
East of the Sun
Cheek to Cheek
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1936)
Dixon Hits 5
The Music Goes 'Round and Around
Lights Out
Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1936)
Dixon Hits 6
Why Did She Fall for the Leader of the Band
Solitude
Saddle Your Blues to a Wild Mustang"
Alone
Please Believe Me
Ship O'Mine
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1936)
Dixon Hits 7
Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
Sweetheart, Let's Grow Old Together
The Touch Of Your Lips
Lost
Lovely Lady
The Glory Of Love
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1936)
Dixon Hits 8
Laughing Irish Eyes
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
On The Beach At Bali-bali
At The Cafe Continental
Empty Saddles
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1936)
Dixon Hits 9
Serenade In The Night
Shoe Shine Boy
Peter's Pop Keeps A Lollipop Shop
A Star Fell Out Of Heaven
Did I Remember
The Fleet's In Port Again
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 10
When I'm With You
A Fine Romance
Sing, Baby, Sing
Did Your Mother Come From Ireland
When Did You Leave Heaven
Oh! My Goodness
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 11
When The Poppies Bloom Again
I Dream Of San Marino
I'm In A Dancing Mood
In The Chapel In The Moonlight
The Way You Look Tonight
When A Lady Meets A Gentleman Down South
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 12
Head Over Heels
Pennies From Heaven
Harbour Lights
There's A Small Hotel
When The Sun Says 'goodnight' To The Mountain
Goodnight, My Love
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 13
Across The Great Divide
Boo-hoo
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 14
Was It Rain?
Will You Remember?
With Plenty Of Money And You
September In The Rain
I Saw A Ship A-sailing
The Love Bug Will Bite You
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 15
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Broken Hearted Clown
Toodle-oo
Where Are You?
On A Little Dream Ranch
The Merry-go-round Broke Down
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 16
It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane
The Greatest Mistake Of My Life
Wake Up And Live
You're Here, You're There
Ten Pretty Girls
Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1937)
Dixon Hits 17
You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming
Little Old Lady
Whispers In The Dark
Horsey, Horsey
Afraid To Dream
Goodnight, To You All
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 18
Remember Me
The Moon Got In My Eyes
It's The Natural Thing To Do
In A Mission By The Sea
Sailing Home
I Still Love To Kiss You Goodnight
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 19
After All These Years
Roses In December
That Old Feeling
Silvery Moon And Golden Sands"
Whistling Gypsy
Blossoms On Broadway
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 20
Rosalie
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Please Remember
So Many Memories
I Double Dare You
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 21
Tears In My Heart
In My Little Red Book
Once In A While
Pretty Little Patchwork Quilt
Girl In The Alice Blue Gown
Don't Ever Change"Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 22
Lambeth Walk
Thanks For The Memory
Somebody's Thinking Of You Tonight
Lambeth Walk (reprise)
Oh! Ma-ma
I Love To Whistle
You're An Education
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 23
My Heaven In The Pines
The Whispering Waltz
Goodnight Angel
When The Organ Played 'o Promise Me'
Sweet As A Song
Cry, Baby, Cry
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 24
How'd Ja Like To Love Me
Love Walked In
Meet Me Down In Sunset Valley
I Won't Tell A Soul
The Sweetest Song In The World
The Chocolate Soldier's Daughter
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1938)
Dixon Hits 25
Says My Heart
Now It Can Be Told
Alexander's Ragtime Band
It's D'lovely
There's Rain In My Heart
Everyone Must Have A Sweetheart
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
(1939)
Dixon Hits 26
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
All Ashore
Joseph, Joseph!
Georgia's Gotta Moon
Any Broken Hearts To Mend
Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
Granada Clapham Wurlitzer
(1939)
Dixon Hits 27
Penny Serenade
Dicky Bird Hop
Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree
Granada Clapham Wurlitzer
(1939)

Various at the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
Tico-tico
Tango Selection
La Cumparsita
Song of the Rose
Jealousy
Tell Me Marianne
(1948)
Marching With The Organ
The Dam Busters
When The Guards Are On Parade
Le Reve Passe (the Soldier's Dream)
Hands Across The Sea
Through Night To Light
Under The Double Eagle
Spanish Gypsy Dance
El Abanico
Old Comrades S
ons Of The Brave
Funiculi Funicula
Reginald Dixon Plays
Richard Rodgers
Mountain Greenery
There's A Small Hotel
The Lady Is A Tramp
Reginald Dixon Plays
Jerome Kern
Look For The Silver Lining
Why Do I Love You
Who
Reginald Dixon Plays
Noel Coward
Someday I'll Find You
Dance Little Lady
I'll See You Again
Reginald Dixon Plays
George Gershwin
S'wonderful
Fascinating Rhythm
I Got Rhythm
Reginald Dixon Plays
Sunrise Serenade
Reginald Dixon Plays
Ravel's Bolero
In A Persian Market
In A Monastery Garden
The Storm 1965
Storm at Sea 1955
The Storm 1937
Tiger Rag 1934
Canadian Capers 1934
Classics Of Jazz
St. Louis Blues
Limehouse Blues
Jealousy
Harlem
Ain't Misbehavin'
My Sweetie Went Away
Parade Of The Tin Soldiers
1935
Parade Of The Tin Soldiers
1947
The Teddy Bears' Picnic
1947
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Over There
Mary's A Grand Old Name
Forty Five Minutes From Broadway
Yankee Doodle Boy
Nellie Kelly I Love You
Belle Of The Barber's Ball1943
The Doll Medley
Dainty Doll
Lonesome Little Doll
Rag Doll
Little Dutch Doll
The Doll Dance
The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
1940
Sigmund Romberg
Lover Come Back To Me
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Stout-hearted Men
You Will Remember Vienna
Will You Remember Sweetheart
Dance My Darling
CLASSICA Selection
Hungarian Rhapsody #two
Toreador's Song
Spring Song
William Tell
Nocturne
Hungarian Dance
Minuet
Largo
Hungarian Rhapsody
Beside The Seaside In Other Lands
Gigi SelectionThe Night They Invented Champagne
Thank Heaven For Little Girls
Waltz At Maxims
I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore
Say A Little Prayer For Me Tonight
I Remember It Well
The Parisians
Gigi
The Student Prince
Deep In My Heart, Dear
Drinking Song
Golden Days
Entrance Of The Officers
Student Prince Serenade
Deep In My Heart, Dear
Just We Two
The Student's Marching Song
The King And I
March Of The Siamese Children
I Whistle A Happy Tune
We Kiss In A Shadow
Getting To Know You
Hello, Young Lovers
I Have Dreamed
Shall We Dance
Singing At The Tower
Gulliver's Travels
It's A Hap-hap-happy Day
Bluebirds In The Moonlight
We're All Together Now
All's Well
I Hear A Dream
It's A Hap-hap-happy Day
Faithful Forever
The Desert Song
Azuri's Dance Of Triumph
song Of The Brass Key
one Flower Grows Alone In Your Garden
the Riff Song
romance
one Alone
It
The Desert Song Waltz
French Military Marching Song
Rose Marie (Friml)
The Mounties
Indian Love Call
Totem Tom-tom
Door Of My Dreams
Pretty Things
Only A Kiss
Rose Marie
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Whistle While You Work
Someday My Prince Will Come
One Song
Someday My Prince Will Come (reprise)
side Two
The Dwarf's Yodelling Song
With A Smile And A Song
Heigh-ho
Fifty Years Of Song
Soldiers Of The King
ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay
the Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo
after The Ball
lily Of Laguna
i Love A Lassie
let's All Go Down The Strand
you Made Me Love You
Swanee
Ramona
love Is The Sweetest Thing
Gay Gordons
Cock 'o The North
Wi' A Hundred Pipers
Bonnie Dundee
We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa
There's No Luck Aboot The Hoose
The Campbells Are Coming
My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
Blue Bonnets
Charlie Is My Darlin'
Highland Lad
The Keel Row
Comin' Thro' The Rye
Road To The Isles
Loch Lomond
Auld Lang Syne

FROM SHEFFIELD TO BLACKPOOL
Commentary by Robin Richmond
I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
The Dream Of Olwen
I Kiss Your Hand Madame
Rosalie
I Double Dare You
Happy Days Are Here Again
When The Saints Go Marching In
I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Other Venues
Classics of Swing
In The Mood
Highland Swing
Dark Town Strutter's Ball
Stardust
Solitude
After You've Gone.
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
Crystalate Promotional Record for REX Records(1935)
Wurlitzer
Easter Parade
Steppin' Out With My Baby
It Only Happens When I Dance With You
Better Luck Next Time
The Girl On The Magazine Cover
Fella With An Umbrella
reprise of Easter Parade
Opera House
Wurlitzer
Colonel Bogey
1935
Sousa March Medley
Granada Welling
Wurlitzer
(1940)
Automne
BBC Moller Concert Organ
Grand Theatre Llandudno
1943
Rustle of Spring
BBC Moller Concert Organ
Grand Theatre Llandudno
1943
Waltzing With Strauss
Blue Danube
Vienna Blood
Fledermaus
The Kiss
Artist's Life
Lagoon
Wine Women
Song, Voices Of Spring & Blue Danube
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
1942
Tauber Memories
I'll Walk Beside You
One Day When We Were Young
You Are My Heart's Delight
Tristesse
Smilin Through
Vienna, City Of My Dreams
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
1942
Classics of Swing
In The Mood
Highland Swing;
Dark Town Strutter's Ball
Stardust
Solitude
After You've Gone
Granada Slough
Wurlitzer
1942
Pinocchio
Three Cheers For Anything
Turn The Old Music Box
When You Wish Upon A Star
Give A Little Whistle
Little Wooden Head
Hi-diddle-de
I've Got No Strings
Granada Welling
Wurlitzer
1940
Romberg Reminiscences
Abbey Road Studio
Compton
1944
Cole Porter
Begin The Beguine & Night And Day
Abbey Road Studio
Compton
1943
Jerome Kern
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Who - Old Man River
Abbey Road Studio
Compton
1943
'Old Timers' Selection
Bill Bailey
Get Your Hair Cut
Champagne Charlie
ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay
in The Good Old Summertime
good-bye, Dolly Gray
Tiddy Fol Lol
where The Sunset Turns
little Alabama Coon
i Don't Want To Play In Your Yard
he's Only A Working Man
the Guard's Parade
Abbey Road Studio
Compton
1941

Reg & Guests
Reginald Dixon &
Larry Brennan Band
- Tangoland -
Tonight"
Oh! Donna Clara
I'll Keep You In My Heart Always
Cafe In Vienna
Play To Me Gypsy
Little Valley In The Mountains
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
1934
Reginald Dixon &
Larry Brennan Band
Dancing In A Dream
Foxtrot medley
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
1935
Reginald Dixon &
Bertini & The Tower Band
Rolling Stone Roll Home
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
1933
Organist Reginald Dixon Origin; Chas Girdwood

Reginald Dixon oirganistOrigin BBC Archive
Reginald Dixon Wikipedia page

Organ 1st page for Reginald Dixon
Discogs page for Reginald Dixon

Alan Ashton Organ Celebreties page

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Apple store

Beside the seaside
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Reginald Herbert Dixon was born 16 October 1904 in Ecclesall, Sheffiel. By the age of two, Dixon started to play the organ and piano. By the age of twelve he was performing in concerts at local music festivals. He enrolled at the University of Sheffield studying counterpoint and harmony, and was awarded Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) when he was 17 years old.
Reginald Dixon auditioned at the Stocksbridge Palace, near Sheffield, he was employed as pianist and musical director, for the sum of £3 per week. After eighteen months, Dixon accepted a job as pianist and deputy organist at Chesterfield Picture House, where his wage was £5 a week. When he was 21 he became a fully professional theatre organist.
In March 1930, Dixon was invited to audition for the position of organist at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom, which, at the time, contained a 2/10 Wurlitzer. The Wurlitzer's job had been to provide music for dancing. Dixon was given a trial, with the ultimatum that, if he did not make a success of playing the Wurlitzer for dancing, both he and the Wurlitzer would go. Once he had mastered playing in strict tempo, Dixon further developed his playing style, with a strong bass line, and both hands providing accompaniment and melody. Dixon was mainly left handed and he often played the accompaniment rhythm with his left hand as well as the melody using second touch. This left his right hand free to supplement the music. This became Dixon's trade mark instantly recognisable style. Soon enough, Dixon had fully exploited the 2/10 Wurlitzer's capabilities. Since this was holding him back, and the dancers, this made Dixon plan a larger, more suitable instrument. Within weeks of his appointment at the Tower, the BBC were broadcasting Mr R. H Dixon from the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.
By 1931, Dixon's broadcasts were becoming highly popular, and the time slot was expanded from 30 minutes, to 45 minutes, and were made as often as 5 times a week to the UK alone. Regular broadcasts were also being made to the British Empire, and Dixon was often in the ballroom in the very early hours of the morning, broadcasting live to places such as Canada, India, Africa and Australia.
In March 1935, the organ which Dixon had longed for was first broadcast. The new 3/13 Wurlitzer was broadcast to the British Empire.
In 1940, Dixon joined the R.A.F. During his time there, he was often called upon to entertain service personnel, and was still to be heard on radio occasionally, as well as playing for concerts at the Tower Ballroom. While in the RAF he attained the rank of Flying Officer.
By 1952, Dixon had made over 1,000 broadcasts, and had already made several television appearances. In the later half of 1952, Dixon fell ill, through being overworked and completely exhausted. After a few months, he was back in full health, and returned to the Tower Ballroom. In 1954 he starred in BBC's You're only young once and in 1955, he performed for Queen Elizabeth II, at the console of the 3/13 Wurlitzer of Blackpool's Opera House, for the Royal Variety Performance. By now, Dixon had been at the tower, and on radio, for 25 years, and had performed to over 60 million people live at the Tower ballroom alone, and radio listening figures were now topping 6 million for each broadcast he made.
In 1956 he had his own radio show on the BBC called Meet Me at the Tower, which he was joined with guest organist and often by the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra.
In December 1956 a fire, which started in the Tower Lounge Restaurant, spread to the Ballroom. Fortunately the organ survived owing to its position above the proscenium arch, however, the console was badly damaged but was later fixed. While the Tower ballroom was being restored at the cost of £500,000, Dixon resumed his schedule in the Empress Ballroom. In 1958, he returned to the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer, and things proceeded as normal, in the newly restored ballroom.
In 1966 Dixon was awarded an MBE for his services in entertaining the public and radio listeners the world over.
In 1969, he was also awarded by the BBC for the years of pleasure he had given to millions. The same year, Dixon announced his retirement from his Tower Ballroom post in order to spend more time with his family.
At the end of the season, Dixon retired from playing for Dancing at the Ballroom, but continued to play for Sunday concerts as normal. It was on Easter Sunday 1970 that he gave his final concert on the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer.
Dixon's retirement from the Tower did not mean retirement altogether. He was still broadcasting to a very large audience, and he was also on tour across the UK and Europe.
Reginald Dixon died on 9 May 1985.
Extract:- Reginald Dixon Wikipedia page
S. Dixon
1946 Playing Independently.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Con Docherty 3rd May 1908
Cone Docherty organist
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Con Docherty was born 3rd May 1908 in Newcastle on Tyne.
He was a pupil of Dr. J. E. Hutchinson. He won first prize and silver medal for organ at the North of England Musical Tournament in 1923.
Held a number of appointments as organist and choirmaster.
Offered a post as relief organist at Queens Hall, Newcastle on Tyne,and enjoyed it.
On the introduction of the 'talkies' took over at the New Coliseum, Whitley Bay
In 1933 joined Gaumont British, playing at Queens Hall, Cricklewood. Transferred and opened the Gaumont, Derby. In 1936 moved to Ashton-under-Lyne to open the Gaumont cinema. He then moved to the Gaumont, Camden Town.
The following year he spent spent as guest organist playing at principal and provincial theatres, settling at the Gaumont, Finchley, he then moved to the Gaumont, Lewisham.
During the blitz the theatre was closed and his home bombed so he took his family back to Newcastle.
Con joined the R.A.F. and at the end of 1940 was posted to Northern Ireland. In 1942 arrived in India and was stationed near Calcutta. Was attached to the Bengal Entertainments Services Association (run jointly by the Army & RAF) Travvelled over 70,000 miles and gave over 500 shows to troops all over Bengal, Assam and Burma.
Demobbed in 1945 and rejoined Gaumont British, with his family based in the North he asked for a position near home, he took over as resident at Gaumont, Doncaster.
Made radio broadcasts from the BBC and Durban, South Africa.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Philip Dore 1903 - 25th March 1974
Philip Dore organist
Origin:- Stories of London
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Philip Guy Dore was born 1903 in Portsmouth.
Organ scholar at Queen’s College, Cambridge
Held a number of church organist positions including Chichester Cathedral, St. Mary’s Parish Church, Portsea, St. Mary’s, Scarborough and the Abbey Church, Ampleforth.
Also held the post of city organist of Portsmouth and borough organist of Bournemouth.
1929 broadcast from the Pavilion, Bournemouth.
1946 Playing Independently.
Extract:- Various
Jack Dowle
Jack Dowle was sub-organist at St. Peter's Church, Cranley Gardens, at the age of eleven.
In 1937 he was appointed assistant to Harold Ramsay at the Granada, Tooting.
He was a member of the original 'Eight-Piano Symphony' and a member for some time of the famous Rhythm Symphony Orchestra, of which he was part-founder.
Between 1937 and 1939 he toured Union Cinemas in a team of all-star theatre organists. In the latter year he was appointed to the Kingstonon-Thames Regal and gave many broadcasts from there.
January 1941 broadcasting of Forces Radio.
Extract:- BBC Radio Times

1946 Playing Independently.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Harold Dring 1892 -
Harold Dring organist
Captain Harold Dring was born in Hull in 1892, he was educated at Hymer’s College and studied music in Paris.
He spent a number of years in Paris prior to the war and was a personal friend of Cavaille Colle, the organ builder. He had the free run of Colle's works and played one of Colle's organs for three years in a French Church.
He was at the Regent Picture House, Sheffield, c.1928 - 1930.
In 1931 he was appointed organist at the Albert Hall, Sheffield. This also used a Cavaille Colle organ.
After his time in Sheffield the family moved to Sale, Cheshire. Here he had a music shop and a small recording studio as well as being active in the local music life.


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Clifford Dulson 11th May 1909 - 1977
1928 Music teacher in Staffordshire 1946 working for Gaumont British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
J. Arnold Eagle
 J. Arnold Eagle organist
J. Arnold Eagle was musical director for the Black Bros. opening the Odeons Byker and Sunderland.
As well as being organist and musical director he was also a busy conductor for a number of bands and orchestras
H. Eader
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Jelani Eddington Born 1974
Star Wars Main Title from the Star Wars Symphonic Suite at the 5/80 Sanfilippo Wurlitzer

William Tell Overture Jelani Eddington performs the William Tell Overture at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida

Over The Rainbow playing 'Over The Rainbow' on the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida

Of Thee I Sing At the J. Tyson Forker Memorial Wurlitzer theatre organ at Grace Baptist Church, Sarasota

WurliTzer organ COS Saltaire 3-11 WurliTzer

Trumpeter's Lullaby Kimball 3/24
Markworth Residence
Organist Jelani Eddington Website logo
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arrangements for theatre organ
Jelani Eddington was born in Muncie, Indiana and grew up in a very musical family.Between the interests of his mother, a professional music teacher of many years, and those of his grandmother, a well-respected piano instructor, it was no surprise when Jelani demonstrated an inclination toward music at a very early age.
Shortly after beginning piano instruction at the age of four, Jelani began studying classical piano under the direction of his grandmother.At the age of eight, a trip to hear the 4-manual 42-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ installed in the Indianapolis, Indiana restaurant, the Paramount Music Palace, introduced Jelani to the sounds of the theatre pipe organ.Soon thereafter, he began to pursue classical organ lessons and ultimately began studying theatre organ under the direction of John Ferguson.
At the age of 13, Jelani won the American Theatre Organ Society's Young Theatre Organist Competition, prevailing over competitors ages 13-21 from the United States, England, Australia, and New Zealand.Jelani remains the youngest competitor ever to win this title.Jelani went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University in 1996, and later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1999, after which time he was admitted to practice law in New York and later in Wisconsin.
During the course of his concert career, Jelani has been featured at numerous national and regional conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, and has toured extensively throughout the world.He has also produced and marketed over 30 theatre organ albums on some of the best-known and most dynamic instruments in the country.
Extract:- Jelani Eddington Web site
Guy Eldridge 9th May 1904 - 1976
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Guy Henry Eldridge was born 9th May 1904 in St. Leonards-on-Sea
In 1918 he won first prize in an organ competition at the Hastings Music Festival playing two pieces.
He studied at the Royal College of Music, London
Organist oat St. Luke’s Parish Church, Chelsea and St. Michael’s, Chester Square
During 1937 he was broadcasting regularly
1946 Playing the Odeon Circuit.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Dagmar Elissen
Dagmar Elissen organist
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Dagmar Elissen came from Denmark. She made a series of appearances for Odeon theatres.
Lived in Paddington
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Martin Ellis
Martin Ellis Classical organ entry
My Heart Will Go On - Sanfilippo estate Wurlitzer
Star Wars / Raiders of the Lost Ark - Sanfilippo estate Wurlitzer
There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder - Sanfilippo estate Wurlitzer
Love Is Where You Find It - Markworth 3/24 Kimball
Baby It's Cold Outside - Markworth 3/24 Kimball
Brazilian Sleigh Bells - Markworth 3/24 Kimball

Holy, Holy, Holy
Martin Ellis organist ATOS Logo
Martin Ellis began organ studies in the 6th grade, and at 15 began studying with Gary Deavel at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana.
At DePauw University in Greencastle, Ellis majored in keyboard performance and composition. The Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) was extremely supportive, engaging Martin in performances regionally throughout his college years. Ellis was also head accompanist for the DePauw Choirs, touring to Carnegie Hall and Williamsburg, Virginia. He was active as a vocal coach to the voice department and assistant conductor for three opera/musical theatre productions produced by the DePauw School of Music. He graduated from Depauw in 1990.
Before accepting the position playing for Rose City Park Presbyterian in 2014, Martin was Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at Second Presbyterian Church (Indiana's largest church) under Robert Shepfer, playing the 4m/81r Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ from 1990-1998. He then moved to Portland, Oregon, serving as Music Director/Organist at St. James Lutheran Church in downtown Portland. In 2004, Martin was appointed the Assistant Director of Music and Organist at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, playing the restored 4m/76r Kimball orchestral pipe organ and two other organs.
Ellis' initial exposure to the theatre organ occurred at the Paramount Music Palace in Indianapolis when he was 7 years old. During his senior year, he served as the weekend artist at Milwaukee's Piper Music Palace, as an alternate organist at the Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois, and performed concerts in and around the Chicago area. Ellis is now an active featured theatre organist for ATOS and has been a regular theatre organ soloist in both the Chicago and Indianapolis areas for the last twenty years. After his move to Portland, Theatre organ came into play again as he served as an associate organist at Uncle Milt's Pipe Organ Pizza in Vancouver, Washington and played for the local organ clubs. He has appeared on the Ohio Theatre's summer movie series for several years. Mr. Ellis has been a featured artist at conventions of The American Guild of Organists, The Organ Historical Society, and The American Theatre Organ Society.
Extract:- Martin Ellis Wikipedia page
Nelson Elms 9th Nov 1905
Nelson Elms organist
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Nelson Elms was born November 9th 1905 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He studied organ under J. H. Pawley. In his early teens Nelson was Assistant organist at St. Johns Parish Church, Southend and organist at
St. Marys,The organ was built by Henry Speechly of Dalston.
The age is not certain, but could have been the early 1900’s.
The organ has two manuals each with three speaking stops, and operated by tracker action. The pedal board has a pneumatic action.
The organ is still very reliable
Langdon Hills. Nelson also became assistant organist at Garons Cinema, Southend.
At 19 Nelson was appointed solo organist at the Garons Cinema, a position he held for seven years. In 1927 Garons installed the first 'theatre organ' in Essex, Nelson opened it.
In May 1931 Nelson joined the A.B.C. as resident organist at the Forum, Liverpool, After three years he returned South to succeed Sidney Torch at the Regal, Marble Arch.
Nelson made his radio debut from the Ritz, Leeds, on the 24th April 1935.
In 1936 Nelson joined Granada Theatres, where he stayed until he was called up for service in the R.A.F. in 1941.
Nelson was posted to the Middle East for 3½ years. During his time in the R.A.F. he gave did about 50 broadcasts on piano plus a few from the only theatre organ in Jerusalem, a four manual Austin..
In 1946 Nelson was 'demobbed' and returned to Granada Theatres.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Max Erard
Max Erard was probably the first touring organist.
His eight ton Norman & Beard concert organ made its first appearance in 1913 on W.H. Broadheads 'Bread and Butter Circuit' of music halls in Lancashire.

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Max later toured with his wife, Zona Vevey, until the twenties. He then changed his name to 'Mark Edwards' and played variuos Blackpool Cinema organs.
In 1939, billed as the famous composer, he was again touring with an organ, this time using one of the new 'Marvellous Pipeless Organs'. Appearing at the Hippodrome Chesterfield.
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald
20 January 1939
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His final residency was as Max Erard playing the 3/7 Compton at the Rialto, Blackburn. He was there until 1940.
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Arthur Esgate 23rd Jul 1915
A recording of Arthur Esgate can be found at
Sounds of Australian Theatre Organists
Arthur Esgate organist
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Arthur Esgate was born 23rd July 1915 in Newton Abbot, Devonshire.
Entered the trade as an apprentice organ builder, and experimenter in electronics. During the war he was a radio instructor.
His appointments as an organist include Paramount theatres at Streatham, Brixton & Newcastle; Granada theatres at Tooting & Maidstone; Gaumont British at Gaumont, Manchester then Odeon Leeds, Astoria, Finsbury Park and then Odeon, Brixton.
He moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1953. Then in 1956 he and his wife moved to Australia where he gave radio broadcasts from a number of Sydney theatre organs. He was the inaugural president of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia (NSW division) in January 1960 but only remained with the society for two months.
His home was in Wahroonga, an upper north shore suburb of Sydney. He assembled two theatre organs in his home at different times. The second of these had a Compton theatre organ console that had been in the Astoria theatre, Brixton, England. An organ he had played during his professional career.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Handel Evans
Featured in this video about the theatre organ Handel Evans organist
Handel Evans organist
With a Philicorda organ

Handel Evans organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Handel Parry Evans was born 1909 in Llandovery, Wales.
He was a pupil of Dr Percy Wood,
G. D. Cunningham George Dorrington Cunningham
1878 - 1948
. M.A., F.R.A.M., F.R.C.O.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music
, and A. E. Nicke.
Organist of the Hall Street Methodist Church, Llanelly
1946 Playing the Odeon Circuit.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World

1970s played weekly concerts at the Pier Pavilion in Felixstowe playing Hammond organ.
Extract:- Keeping Music Live in Suffolk
Jack Evans 10th Sep 1916 - 1986
Jack Evans organist
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Jack William Raymond Evans was born 10th September 1916 in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Early training was on piano, played in dance bands, gave this up to play organ.
After three years instruction on straight organ had lessons on a Wurlitzer.
Joined Gaumont British at Leicester in July 1942, then transferred to the Gaumont, Birmingham in 1943, staying there until 1946 when he transferred to the long silent organ at the Rink, Smethwick. Made many guest appearances at Sunday concerts both at Newcastle-on-Tyen and The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.
Gave regular recitals on a Hammond in the concert hall of a large Birmingham engineering works.
Served two and a half years in the Army, discharged as medically unfit.
Returned to the organ at The Rink Smethwick.
Died 1986 in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
A. Faray
1946 Playing the Odeon Circuit.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Edward Farley
1936 at the Regal, Great Yarmouth 1938- 39 Edward Farley was broadcasting regularly from the Regal, York.
1940 playing at the Odeon, Leeds.
November 1942 performed a guest spot playing a Compton at the Ritz Lincoln, stayed until March 44. He returned in 1948.
In 1943 he played a summer season at the Falkirk Ice Rink
1946 Playing Independently.
1951 Played Hammond at the Newcastle Grand
Extract:- Various
Harold Farmer c.1909 - 1986
Harry Farmer orgaist
Harry Farmer was born in the Midlands. Started music lessons on a church organ.
He had lessons from various well known organists, including Reginald Dixon.
His first solo organist appointment was at the Regent, Dudley when he was 18.
He then moved to the Regant, Ipswich, where he was billed as Andreas at the Wurlitzer.
In 1936 he opened the Granada Wandsworth and in 1937 the Granada Theatre, Harrow
In 1941 he was called up and joined the Royal Armoured Core. While in the forces he formed a group called the Electronomes. In 1945 they were asked to join 'Stars In Battledress'
Harry was demobbed in 1946. He bought the Hammond organ he had been using from the Army and managed to get a booking at the 'Blue Lagoon' ballroom, Newquay. The Electronomes were reformed and featured throughout the following year.
In 1957 Harry was offered the position of Musical Director on a Canadian radio show. He accepted and went on to make over 3000 broadcasts and TV appearances.
Harry also released records under the name 'Chris Hamalton'
Harry Farmer died in 1986
Short Extract:- Organ Celebrities 8
Tony Fenelon
On A Wonderful Day Like Today
Blaze Away
Theatre Organ Convention - Sydney, 2000
Interview by Jack Moelmann
Tony Fenelon oranist
Tony Fenelon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance.
Tony was appointed head of the department of Biomechanical Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1991. He is actually accredited as the joint designer of Australia's first cardiac pacemaker!
It was perhaps his musical activities that put him more in the public eye; he has been a frequent performer with The Australian Philharmonic and Australian Pops Orchestra.
Piano aside, it was Tony's love of the organ which lead to him being appointed Resident Organist at Melbourne's Regent Theatre in 1965 playing the Mighty 4/19 Wurlitzer.
More recently in 2002 Tony was both delighted and honoured to receive the distinction of 'Organist Of The Year' by the American Theatre Organ Society. His finest accolade yet came in 2003 when he was awarded the Medal Of Order Of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music.
Extract:- OrganFax Spotlight
Andrew Fenner 14th Feb 1908 - 1979
With Paintbox, Easel & Canvas. This original organ interlude was devised and performed by broadcasting - cinema organist Andrew Fenner. The music for this re-creation is played by Michael Wooldridge Andrew Fenner organist
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Andrew Valentine C Fenner was born 14th February 1908 in Wandsworth, London.
He studied under
G. Thalben-Ball Sir George Thalben-Ball
1896 - 1987
F.R.C.O.A.R.C.M., F.R.C.M., C.B.E.; knighted, 1982

, Dr. Kitson and
Sir Frederick Bridge Sir John Frederick Bridge
1844 - 1924
M.V.O., C.V.O.; knighted in 1897
at the Royal College of Music. Won an open organ scholarship in 1924 and the
Sir Hugh Allen Sir Hugh Percy Allen
1869 - 1946

Prize for extemporization in 1927.
Appointed organist and Master of Choristers at Coventry Cathedral in 1928 the on to a similar post at Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast from 1929 to 1931.
Broadcast from Belfast as solo pianist and solo/accompanist on the Mulholland Grand Organ (built by William Hill & Son) for the B.B.C. orchestral concerts from the Ulster Hall.
He taught harmony and counterpoint at Harrow and Battersea Polytechnic.
In December 1931 Andrew was appointed at the Savoy, East Acton; other appointments included Carlton, Upton Park; Astoria, Purley; Regal, Yarmouth; Ritz, Southend; Astoria, Folkstone and Regal, Wimbledon. In 1938 joined A.B.C. playing the Regal, Bexley Heath.
From 1940 to 1942 served as a War Reserve Constable.
Between 1941 and 1943 toured the Granada circuit then to A.B.C. at the Ritz, Bowes Rd. then joining Gaumont British at the Gaumont, Hammersmith in 1944.
Did broadcasts from B.B.C. instruments at St. Georges Hall, Evesham, Bangor and the Jubilee Chapel (ex Foort Moller).
Andrew Fenner died in 1979 in Brighton, East Sussex
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
Jack Fenner
1937 opened the Gaumont, Oldham.
1947 at the Gaumont, Havelock followed by the
Princess
Can find no reference to the organ
, North Shields 1946 working for Gaumont British.
Extract:- Various
Harry Field b.12th Jul 1906
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Born 12th July 1906. He studied piano at the London College of Music and organ at Guildhall.
Played Gaumont, Chester (1944-45); Earls Court Ice Rink, Royal Theatre of Dancing, was M.D. for the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Co. Also played Savoy, Enfield
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Horace Finch 23rd Jul 1906 – 28th Sep 1980
Rickshaw Ride
Medley
Four Irish Contrasts
Merrie England
Medley 2
Medley 3
Five Organists Live
Petite Fleur
Empress Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Medley
Empress Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Moonlight Medley
Empress Ballroom
Wurlitzer
First World War Favourites
It's A Long Way To Tipperary
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
Madamoiselle From Armentieres
Pack Up Your Troubles
Hello! Hello! Who's Your Lady Friend?
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
Wurlitzer
The Blackpool Express
Get Goin
Empress Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites
Part II
We'll All Go Riding on a Rainbow
Who Were You With Last Night
Everybodys Doing It
Hoots Mon (Theres a Moose Loose Aboot This Hoose )
Yes Sir, Thats My Baby
All The Things You Are
Bye Bye Blues
Songs of the 1920's
Smiling Through
The Arcadians Medley
Roses of Picardy
Toy Town Fusiliers
Song Hits of 1930
Londonderry Air
South Pacific Medley
Empress Ballroom
Blackpool
When the Guards are on Parade
Empress Ballroom
Blackpool
Smilin' Through
Empress Ballroom
Wurlitzer
WHEN DAY IS DONE
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
IN A MONASTERY GARDEN
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Live Dancing (quicksteps)
at The Empress Ballroom

Finch Favourites
Finch Favourites 1
Beer Barrel Polka
Deep Purple
One Life
Little Sir Echo
South Of The Border
Boomps-a-daisy
Tower Ballroom
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 2
Our Love
If I Didn't Care
Summer Sweetheart
Angels Never Leave Heaven
T'aint What You Do
Wishing
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 4
F. D. R. Jones
I'll Remember
An Apple For The Teacher
I Poured My Heart Into A Song
Run, Rabbit, Run
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 5
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
we'll Meet Again
goodnight Children Everywhere
knees Up, Mother Brown
faithful Forever
goodbye Sally
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 6
In The Quartermaster's Stores
Bluebirds In The Moonlight

Good Morning
It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
I Hear A Dream
Safe In My Hear
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 7
Arm In Arm
You Made Me Care
Into Each Life, A Little Rain Must Fall
There's A Boy Coming Home On Leave
When You Wish Upon A Star"
Walkin' Thru' Mockin' Bird Lane
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 8
Let The Curtain Come Down
Woodpecker Song
With The Wind And Rain In My Hair
In An Old Dutch Garden
If I Should Fall In Love Again
Oh! Mamma Mia
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 9
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Playmates
When Our Dreams Grow Old
The Singing Hills
Don't Ever Pass Me By
Shake Down The Stars
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 10
I Can't Love You Any More
Memories Live Longer Than Dreams
Meet The Sun Halfway
Make Believe Island
By The Wishing Well
Tiggerty-boo
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 11
All The Things You Are
Until You Fall In Love
All Over The Place
Sierra Sue
I'm Nobody's Baby
I'll Never Smile Again
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 12
Mem'ry Of A Rose
Ferryboat Serenade
Blueberry Hill
Maybe
Lovely Old Lady
Goodnight, Again
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 13
Only Forever
There'll Come Another Day
Bless 'em All
Our Love Affair
The Badge From Your Coat
Oh! What A Suprise For The Duce
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer
Finch Favourites 14
We Three
You're Breaking My Heart All Over Again
The Five O'clock Whistle
Moon For Sale
Oh! Buddy, I'm In Love
Johnny Peddler
Blackpool Opera House
Wurlitzer

Dancing To Horace Finch
Dancing To Horace Finch 2
Slow Foxtrots :-
You Grow Sweeter As The Years Go By
Don't Worry 'bout Me
Quicksteps :-
Boom
Sing A Song Of Sunbeams
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junctionbr /> Wurlitzer
Dancing To Horace Finch 3
Slow Foxtrots :-
Over The Rainbow
Scatterbrain
Quicksteps :-
It's A Hap-hap-happy Day
Give Me My Ranch (el Rancho Grande)
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junctionbr
Wurlitzer
Dancing To Horace Finch 4
Waltzes
Who's Taking You Home Tonight
I'm In Love For The Last Time
Foxtrots
Rosita (her Name Was Rosita)
I'll Pray For You
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
Wurlitzer
Smilin' Through
Empress Ballroom
Wurlitzer

Horace Finch & Guests
Horace Finch &
Larry Brennan Band
Since We Fell Out Of Love
Horace Finch
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Horace Finch was born in St. Helens in 1906 and began piano studies at the age of four. By nine he was a Church organist. At 13, he moved to Blackpool.
He continued to study piano under Robert Gregory and had every intention of becoming a concert pianist. During this time, he practiced up to eight hours each day.
In 1926, Mr. Finch was approached by Arthur Davies of the Tower Ballroom and was auditioned to become solo and orchestral pianist with the Tower Ballroom Orchestra. He commenced work for the Tower Company in April and continued under Dan Godfrey Jnr. and the famous Bertini.
1935 saw the installation of a new 'Wonder Wurlitzer' in the Tower Ballroom to the design of Reginald Dixon. The original Tower Wurlitzer was enlarged and installed in the huge Empress Ballroom, part of the Wintergardens complex. Horace was chosen as organist from many applicants, the job being to play mostly for dancing. Apart from dance sessions, Sunday afternoon and evening recitals of light and popular music were introduced by Horace.
Horace was soon a great hit on the radio and through his broadcasts of both strict-tempo dance music and light music selections, a whole page article about him appeared in the Radio Times in 1936.
1939 saw the installation of a Wurlitzer in the New Opera House, next to the Empress Ballroom. The specification was drawn up by Horace himself.
At the outbreak of WWII, Horace Finch continued to play and broadcast both the Empress and Opera House Wurlitzers until joining the RAF in 1941. There were two Hammond organs on the camp and he was to be found playing for the officers and air-men's dances as well as making guest appearances at other camps. After reaching the rank of Flight-Lieutenant, Station Adjutant, and having being mentioned twice in dispatches, Horace was released from the RAF in 1945.
On his return, a new feature was introduced at the Opera House during the winter film season, in the nature of interludes with organ and orchestra. This was a tremendous success. As well as this, the evening dance sessions in the Empress continued during the winter. In the summer, Horace was back full-time in the Empress for dancing and Sunday concerts.
Horace Finch died on September 30th 1980, aged 74.
Extract:- Cannock Chase Organ Club
Phil Finch
Bluebell Polka - Gaumont Palace Cheltenham
Kitten On The Keys
BBC Moller
BBC Logo
Organist at the Warner Theatre, Leicester Square until March 1941 when he was called up for military service
1946 Playing Independently.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Harold Flatman
Harold Flatman
Harold Flatman at the 2/6 Wurlitzer, Regent Theatre, Ipswich.
Origin:- e-bay
Resident Regent, Ipswich during WWII.
1946 working for Gaumont British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Joseph Flitcroft
Joseph Flitcroft organis
Joseph Flitcroft was born 9th February 1899.
Resident and touring organist for Union Cinemas and the Associated British Cinemas.
Resident at Savoy, Northampton 1937 to 1938.
1946 at the Forum, Birmingham.
signature tune 'Alone'
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
Reginald Foort 23rd Jan 1893 – 22nd May 1980

Pathe logo St. George's Hall, London
Pathe logoWith His New Wonder Organ (1939)
Pathe logothe celebrated organist
Pathe logoSignature tune Keep Smiling
An Old Sailor's Story
In A Monastery Garden
Poet And Peasant Overture
Blue Danube Waltz
Paramount Theatre New York
1935
Tunes Of The Times
Selection 2
Our Love Affair
now I Lay Me Down To Dream
all Over The Place
There'll Come Another Day
All The Things You Are
Bless 'em All (MOLLER)
Tunes Of The Times
Selection 2
down ev'ry street
The Last Time I Saw Paris
johnny Peddler
along The Santa Fe Trail
something To Remember You By
when That Man Is Dead And Gone (moller)
Toselli's Serenata
Regal Kingston
Wurlitzer
Wee Macgregor Patrol
Regal Kingston
Wurlitzer
Theme Songs from Famous Films
Wurlitzer
Palace Theatre Medley
Paramount Theatre London
Compton
Moller Concert Organ
Drury Lane
Fairy On The Clock
Nightmare in the Mosque
Wurlitzer
Stars & Stripes Forever
Mosque Auditorium
3/17 Wurlitzer
Richmond Virginia U.S.A
Reginald Foort & Alfredo Campoli
Song Of Paradise
BBC Compton
Organist Reginald Foort
CD ogo

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Reginald Foort was born in Daventry, England, on 23 January 1893. His father was a church organist Foort learnt the piano from the age of seven and took up the organ at eleven after his family moved to Rugby, studying with Basil Johnson, Master of Music at Rugby School. Foort became both an Associate and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) by the age of only 17 under the tutelage of Sir Walter Parratt and began his career as organist at St Mary's Bryanston Square, London. Having served in the Royal Navy during World War I, he worked as a piano accompanist for silent films in the 1920s, from which it was a natural progression to become a cinema organist.
Foort's first performance on a Wurlitzer was at a theatre in Edinburgh, and a few weeks later he took up a job as organist at the New Gallery Kinema, Regent Street, London, where in the late 1920s he passed what he described as 'one of the happiest periods of my life', popularising the theatre organ as a 'one-man orchestra' through broadcasts and recordings of his performances on the cinema's F2/S Wurlitzer. This was followed by spells at the 2 Manual 10 Ranks Wurlitzer at the Paramount Theatre, Paris; the London Palladium, and with Sandy MacPherson, the Empire, Leicester Square.
In 1930 Foort became solo organist at the Regal, Marble Arch, performing on a Christie organ. In 1932 he was appointed the first resident organist at the Regal, Kingston-upon-Thames. During a visit to the USA in 1935 he performed on the 4 manual 36 ranks Wurlitzer organ at the Paramount Theatre, New York City. Touring back home in Europe, he was warmly received at the Jerusalem kirk in Denmark owing to a popular following from his radio broadcasts. He did a five-month spell playing a 4 Manual 17 Rank Strunk theatre organ at the City Theatre, Amsterdam, and broadcast on the Dutch radio station Hilversum Radio, returning to London to take up a post as organist of the four-manual Compton at the Paramount Theatre, Tottenham Court Road.
1932 Reginald published a book entitled The Cinema Organ, price 2/6d.
The Era
17 February 1932
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In 1936 Foort was appointed as Staff Theatre Organist at the BBC, performing at St George's Hall, Langham Place, and attained widespread popularity, not only for his musicality but also for his personal charm. Each episode began and closed with his beguiling signature tune 'Keep Smiling'. In 1937 Foort was voted the most popular radio entertainer in Britain, with twice as many votes as Gracie Fields, beating his friend and fellow organist Reginald Dixon into third place. He remained in the role of Staff Theatre Organist until 1938, continuing to make broadcasts for the BBC on a freelance basis.
In 1938 Foort designed and commissioned a mobile organ from the American firm M. P. Möller, which was first set up at the Drury Lane Theatre, London in only five days, enabling him to make his first recording on it on the fifth day. During the next few years he made a series of memorable recordings of classical and light music on the Möller. In 1941 he loaned the mobile organ to the BBC, and for the next ten years travelled round the country, often by train, giving performances. His warm and personable style, combined with his patriotism, were a boost to wartime morale, and he set himself a punishing schedule with the result that a decade later, in his words, 'there was not a town or city anywhere in Great Britain that I had not visited'.
Having greatly enjoyed his 1935 visit to the USA, when he played the organ of the Paramount Theatre (New York City), Foort vowed to return to the States to live. The opportunity came in 1951, when he was invited to establish an American foothold for a Dutch firm, the Standaart Organ Company. He settled with his wife (Betty) and family in Suffolk, Virginia, in 1952. Foort made recordings on the Mosque Theatre organ in Richmond, Virginia, and used the pseudonym Michael Cheshire for his recordings of light music, which were not considered serious enough to fit with Standaart's reputation. However the Standaart project was discontinued after only ten months owing to lack of capital.
Foort and his family chose to remain in the USA. He was invited to work for the Chicago-based firm Baldwin Organs, a role that he retained for many years. Having resettled in Chicago he enjoyed another active period of his career, including as organist for the Jewish Reform Temple (Temple Sholom), playing its horseshoe-shaped Wurlitzer. According to Foort's friend Ben M Hall, Foort could 'thrill huge audiences... with deft interpretations of serious classics, light classics, show tunes and pop tunes,' being 'the master of each genre'.
Extract:- Reginald Foort Wikipedia page
Molly Forbes b. 1911 - d. 1994
Pathe logo Springtime Melodies. Warner Leicester Square London Organist Molly Forbes BBC logo

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Mary Elsie 'Molly' Forbes was born 10th August 1911 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales.
Initially Molly trained to be a piano teacher, Molly gained LRAM ARCM diplomas at 18. After having organ lessons with Al Bollington Molly Forbes decided on a change of career path.
She was resident organist at the Dominion, Tivoli and Warner Theatres in London and also St. Annes Hotel Buxton.
A prolific broadcaster she was on air regularly between 1941 and 1953, in 1942 she broadcast from Warners Leicester Square and in 1946 from the Regal, Kingston
In September of 1948 Mary Elsie (Molly) Forbes married Thomas Hutt Holliday
Molly Forbes died December 1994 in Hastings, East Sussex, England
Extract:- Various
Leslie Forder 26th Jun 1905 - 1975
Leslie Forder was born 26th June 1905
At the age of 4 was resident at the Moberley School, Westminster (Used by military families)
Leslie joined Provincial Cinematograph Theatres in 1925, then on to the Majestic, Staines in 1930.
In 1931 joined the Mears circuit, leaving them in 1940 to join Dominion. In 1944 transferred to New Victoria, served in the War Reserve Police while there.
Then moved to the Odeon, Leicester Square
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
Jack Foster - 29th Jul 1960
Jack Foster played at the Regal, Sunderland.

The Stage
01 April 1976
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Reginald Foxwell 1903–1957
Reginald Foxwell organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Reginald Gilbert Foxwell was born 1903 in St George Rd, Camberwell, London.
He studied under Frederick D. L. Penny and Alan Brown.
In 1936 joined Granada theatres then in 1941 moved to Odeon.
Unfit for military service he obtained a commission in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as an instructor in Wireless Telegraphy.
1946 at the Odeon. Southend on Sea.
1953 until his death was music master at Southend High School for Boys
Reginald Foxwell died 1957 in Thorpe Bay, Essex.
Extract:- Various
Kitt Frances
1946 Playing the Lou Morris Circuit.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Cooper Francis
Charles Cooper Francis was born 20th December 1884 in Peterborough.
He was a student of
Dr. Haydn Keeton Dr Haydn Keeton
26th Oct 1847 - 27th May 1921
A pupil of Sir George Elvey; studied at New College, Oxford.
Organist at Peterborough Cathedral, 1870-1921
at Peterborough Cathedral.
organist at St. Mark’s, Harrogate; St. Mary’s, Peterborough & Peterborough Cathedral.
In 1927 opened The City Cinema, Peterborough along with G. Rhodes.
Cooper Francis died 29th September 1956.
John E. Francis
John E. Francis opened the Regent Theatre, Leamington.

He was called the 'Memory Wizard' due to the number of tunes he could play from memory.
1935 Regent, Leamington Spa.
Paul Francis
Paul Francis OrganFax Page
Paul Francis organist
Regent Street Cinema, London
Picture from Paul Francis OrganFax page
Paul Francis first started playing the piano when he was about four years old.   His father was a pianist and a big fan of the organ, although he didn't play the organ himself.    So Paul was introduced to the electronic organ when he was six.   Then at 10 years old, he played his first cinema organ, a Christie at the Regal Cinema in Eastleigh.
He went on to become a regular organist at Southampton Guildhall, playing the massive dual-console Compton organ for civic functions and military band concerts.
Extract:- Paul Francis OrganFax page
Phil French
Phil French opened the Carlton Cinema, Islington.
1942 broadcast on the 'Home Service'
In 1933 produced a film Eight Piano Rhapsody, at the Carlton, Islington.
Jack Fretwell 31st Mar 1910 -
Jack Fretwell organist
Image from Theatre Organ World
Jack Fretwell was born 31st March 1910 in Pisley, Chesterfield.
Began studying piano aged 12 and had lessons on the organ at Duvington Parish Church. Won a scholarship for the Royal College of Organists.
For three years worked in silent pictures then moved to Union Cinemas, training at the Plaza, Mansfield.
Jack joined the Army but was discharged in 1936 when he was appointed assistant to Eric Smith at the Granada, Bedford.
He was then appointed solo organist at the Lonsdale, Carlisle; followed by the Ritz, Barrow-in-Furness
Recalled to forces in September 1937, played in Young Men's Christian Association Jerusalem; Tripoli and Tunis Cathedrals.
On being demobbed in 1946 he joined A.B.C. at the Ritz, Bradford
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Percy Fryer
Percy G. A. Fryer was a pupil of
G. D. Cunningham. George Dorrington Cunningham
1878 - 1948
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music

Organist at Tibberton Parish Church; Donnington Parish Church & Albrighton Parish Church.
Played theatre organ at the Regal, Beckingham; Alma, Luton & the Odeon, Llandudno.
Opened the Empire Theatre, Aldershot.
1930 broadcast from Park Hall Cinema, Cardiff
Alfred Furnish 1913 - 23rd May 2003
Playing Compton
Alfred Furnish was born c. 1913 in Stretford, Manchester and was an accomplished pianist and organist. He attended Manchester College of Music, paying his fees with earnings as a cinema pianist for silent films.
His sight-reading ability was phenomenal. He went on to play the cinema organ in Manchester and then moved to London and played at several cinemas and theatres there. In 1933 he moved to Cheltenham, opening the Gaumont Palace in 1933 then moving to Bristol in 1934, then back to Cheltenham in February 1937, finally leaving to take up a post as pianist at the Palace Theatre, Bath.

Image © Trinity Mirror.
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During the war he played with the Welsh Guards before returning to Cheltenham to play with a trio and orchestra, cinema organs now being a thing of the past.
The most important stage of his career began in 1953, when he joined the BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra. Over the next twenty years he made many broadcasts and was invited by the Scottish tenor, Kenneth McKellar, to be his accompanist. Together they toured this country, the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
He and his wife Mary moved to East Farndon after he left the BBC and he continued to be involved in a wide range of musical activities - giving lessons, as Musical Director for Rugby Operatic Society, as organist at Marston Trussell church, playing in restaurants and at the Crematorium. He continued to work as long as he could, till near the time of his death.
Alfred Furnish died on 23rd May, 2003, at the age of 90.
Courtesy of Ian wolstenholme
Cyril Gell 5th Jun 1909 - 4th Sep 1994
Cyril Gell organist
Image from Theatre Organ World
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Cyril William Gell was born 5th June 1909 in Bedford, Bedfordshire.
Cyril won the Elizabeth Stokes Open Scholarship 'Piano' and in three years gained the A.R.C.O. and I.R.A.M (performer) Piano.
He was appointed organist to the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey in 1930 and from 1931 to 1934 was an organ scholar at Worcester College, Oxford.
In 1935 gained position of Assistant Director of Music, Bradford College, Reading. In 1936 went as Musical Director to Bedale's School, Petersfield.
Joined Granada Theatres in in 1937. In 1938 Commenced a series of piano and organ shows with Dudley Beaven, including broadcasts and recordings. Started regular broadcasts in 1940.
Joined the R.A.F. on being demobbed in 1946 returned to Grenada Theatres.
Cyril Gell died 4th September 1994.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
Lewis Gerard 1908 - 1995
Lewis Gerard organist
Lewis Gerard was born 1908 in Liverpool.
Lewis Gerard started his career as a cinema organist in 1926 at the Coliseum Cinema in Liverpool. From 1929 to 1930 played at the Rivoli, St. Helens. 1930 to 37 was at Orpheum, Golders Green; he moved to the Empire, Coventry in 1935; the Ritz, Leeds in 1936; then from 1936 to 38 at A.B.C. opening Dreamland, Margate; then playing the Regal, Walton-on-Thames in 1939.
He also played the Palladium in Copenhagen and the Royal, Halifax, broadcasting there 1939-1940.
He then went on to play State, Grantham; State, Dartford and Capitol, Wembley. At these last venues was musical supervisor as well as organist.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World

1957 moved to America

Grantham Journal
11 October 1957
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Alec Gordon
Alec Gordon played at the Gaumont, Coventry.
He was also resident at the British Marco Club, playing a Wurlitzer 2/5.
1960 playing Hammond at the Anchor Inn, Chesterfield.

The Stage
15 September 1960
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Alec Gordon died 1966

The Stage
01 April 1976
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Elise Granados

Elise Granados organist Image origin:- Theatre Organ World by Jack Courtnay
Elise Granados showed musical talent from a young age.
Spent some time as a professional pianist.
Played Hammond organ at the Festival bar Lounge, Portsmouth. Broadcasting regularly on the BBC Light Programme playing the BBC theatre organ.
Moved to playing for ABC as a feature organist. 1947 playing the Regal, Walton on Thames.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
David Gray 1990 -
A few moments with David Gray
Hot Dog! Send In The Clowns
Jack Moelmann Interview
Organist David Gray
David Gray was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 and first showed an interest in music at the age of four. He first taught himself how to play the piano by ear, and his first lessons followed a year later. At the age of 13 he began attending St Mary's specialist music school in Edinburgh with a principal focus on piano, but also started studying classical organ in St Mary's Episcopal. It was around this time he had his first encounter with theatre organ, and the first instrument he ever played was a 3/8 Compton organ in Glasgow. With the help of Duncan Sinclair he began to learn to play the instrument, and in 2005 won the ATOS Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition.
Towards the end of his high school studies, he chose to stop playing and studying classical organ as there simply was not enough time to do everything. However, he kept the theatre organ going as it is just too much fun and enjoyment to ever let go of!
Extract:- David Gray ATOS Page
Lew Green
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Paul Greenwood
KEYView radio
Birth of the Blues
Singing the Blues
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
Plaza Stockport
Compton
Paul Greenwood organist
Gerhard GregorLink to Hammond page Icon 17th Sep 1906 - 28th Oct 1981

Gerhard Gregor organist
Gerhard Gregor was born 17th September 1906 in Ruß, Memelland (now Rusn? , Lithuania)
Gerhard studied church music from 1925 to 1928 at the State Academy for School and Church Music at Berlin-Charlottenburg . Fascinated by the possibilities of the big cinema organs of the silent film time, he took a position as a cinema organist in Hanover after his graduation and soon made a name for himself as a silent film musician.
His skills led him to NORAG in 1930, when a cinema-organ of the company M. Welte & Söhne, optimized for transmission by radio, was installed in their studios. On this "Funkorgel" instrument he made himself before, during and after the Second World War a name as a great organist, who had the unique ability for the purpose of the Rundfunk to play the appropriate music on the most diverse occasions. His repertoire included classical works as well as those of modern entertainment and dance music .
He propagated the Hammond organ (multi tracking the Hammond or adding in other bands in the recording) as well as other modern forms of organ playing, and proved to be an equally convincing pianist and virtuoso of the harpsichord. After the Second World War, Gregor worked for the NWDR after his split at the NDR.
Gerhard Gregor died 28th October 1981 in Hamburg
Extract:- Wikipedia page
Wilfred Gregory
Wilfred Gregory organist
Playing the 3/12 Compton at the Tower Cinema, West Bromwich
Wilfred Gregory was born 8th July 1907 in Wolverhampton. He started playing piano when he was 5½ under a Miss G. Bailey. He then studied with Dr. Darby. Passing the Royal Academy of Music Exams with distinction.
After playing piano for 7½ years he became assistant to Dr. Darby
Ernest Darby was born in 1873, he was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and went on to study Music at Durham University.
With the award of a Doctorate, Ernest began a career teaching music in Chapel Ash. In 1899 he was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at St Marks Church.

at St. Marks
, Wolverhampton, playing the three manual, 34 stop, Harrison organ.
Extract:- Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

His first Church Appointment was at Snowhill Congregational Church at the age of 16. In 1923 he was appointed relief organist at the Agricultural Hall, Wolverhampton, later promoted to Solo organist.
In 1930 he moved to the Picture House, Walsall,

Playing the first Wurlitzer imported into Britain at the Picture House
then the Gaumont, Wolverhampton.
In 1940 he joined ABC at the Central Theatre, Kidderminster, moving to the Pavillion, Wylde Green; Forum, Birmingam and then on to the Tower Cinema at the Tower, West Bromich.
Wilfred gave numerous classical recitals and for some years was deputy accompanist to the Wolverhampton Choral Society.
He gave his first radio broadcast at the age of 16 playing piano.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources
Thomas Grosch 4th Aug 1900 - 15th Nov 1982
Thomas William Grosch was born 4th August 1900 at 57 Grafton Street in Mayfair.
He attended Hungerford Road Primary School in Camden Town and from there won a scholarship to the City of London School. Along the way he became involved in church affairs and developed an interest in music especially the organ in the Palace Cinema in Kentish Town which he discovered at the age of nine.
Influenza denied him the opportunity of taking the Oxbridge scholarship exam so Thomas finished up working to finance his passage through University College London.
At the age of 17 he had been introduced to the art of playing piano to accompany silent films by the pianist at a Hackney cinema who wished to go on holiday. It was therefore natural that he would continue in that line of work to finance his studies. In 1922 Thomas obtained his degree just after his mother’s death.
His cinema career was progressing well. Cinemas were growing ever grander and dispensing with humble pianos. Bigger and better organs were the order of the day and Thomas's reputation as an organist grew. He accompanied the films at many of the major cinemas of London and the South East and with the coming of the 'talkies' carried on playing interval music and concerts. Among the venues he played were The Rialto, Enfield; Silver Cinema, Shepherds Bush; Palladium, Palmers Green; The Majestic, Reigate. The Pavilion, Hoddesdon. The Ambassador, Cosham; Court Cinema, Berkhamsted; Regent Cinem, Horley; Embassy, Braintree & Maldon and the Morden Cinema
Thomas made a number of recordings on 78rpm records.
The coming of WWII war brought his organ career to an end and Thomas was sent to Aldershot and the R.A.O.C. as a civilian clerk and from there it was just a short bicycle ride to Farnborough’s grammar school which offered evening teaching employment. By May 1943 a full time teaching post as a Latin master became available and after obtaining the permission of the military authorities Thomas was able to take the job the following September.
As well as being an accomplished organist and teacher of Latin Thomas was also a watch repairer and a member of the exclusive British Sound Recording Association.
Thomas Grosch died 15th November 1982


Extract:- Farnborough Grammar School memories
Kevin Grunill
Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer
Music from Sunset Boulevard. Penistone Compton Organ
Highland Cathedral
Pie in the face polka

Kevin Grunill was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1972 and had shown an interest in all matters of a musical nature at an early age.
However, it was not until the age of twelve that he began to learn the electronic organ as his chosen instrument. At the age of sixteen, Kevin began to take an interest in the sound of the mighty theatre organ and it was a natural musical progression that he should begin to study this type of instrument, for which he developed a different playing style from that of his electronic organ performances.
It was not long after this that Kevin began performing concerts throughout the country, featuring both electronic and theatre organs. In addition to his concert appearances and providing music in strict tempo for ballroom dancing, Kevin decided to continue his musical education and studied at a performing arts college before furthering his skills at Leeds University where, in 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in music.
Kevin is heavily involved with the 4 manual Compton that once graced Birmingham’s Paramount/Odeon Cinema. This instrument is currently installed in the Penistone Paramount theatre in South Yorkshire, where it is used on a regular basis for film and concert events.
Extract:- Kevin Grunill COS page
Sydney Gustard 22nd Mar 1893 - 1977
3/8 Compton organ Gaumont Palace, Chester

6 rank Wurlitzer in the Liverpool Trocadero
Sydney Gustard organist

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Robert Sydney Gustard was born 22nd March 1893 in Tynmouth, Northumberland.
His earliest recollection of an organ was discovering his fathers harmonium in the house. His long suffering father was persuaded to blow the organ in the local church while Sydney practised.
Sydney held various church organ appointments in the Newcastle district until joining the army in 1915. He was commissioned in the Sherwood Foresters and served in France, wounded twice, once by a machine gun bullet through the right hand, fortunately no serious damage done. Promoted to Second Lieutenant the temporary Lieutenant.
On demobilisation he returned to an office job, possibly as a railway clerk working for North Eastern Railway, a position he held before joining up.
Sydney got his first cinema organ appointment Christmas 1919 as assistant organist at the New Pavilion, Newcastle on Tyne.
He joined Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT)in 1926 and the following year opened the first Wurlitzer in Lancashire at the Trodadero, Liverpool. In 1929 H.M.V.

The 7 tonne recording van
made their first organ records using this venue, and although it is only a small instrument the first record was a minor sensation. More recordings were made including the Comptons at New Victoria, London, and the new Gaumont Palace, Chester.
Sydney was invited to play for the BBC in 1932 and broadcast twice weekly programs (one of 45 minutes the other 60 minutes) until April 1933. His signature tune was 'In an old-fashioned town'.
He continued broadcasting when he moved to Plaza, Birkenhead and when he moved to the Curzon, Liverpool. Christmas 1938 he opened the new Compton organ at the Appolo, Manchester. He continued to broadcast until rejoining the Sherwood Foresters in February 1940, rank Lieutenant.
Sydney spent a further 5 years serving his country before returning to the organ world as resident at the Gaumont, Camden Town on October 1st 1945.
He continued to broadcast from there and the from the Gaumont State, Kilburn and Gaumont, Watford.
Robert Sydney Gustard died 1977 in Norfolk, England.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World + other sources

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