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Organist Directory :- Theatre D to G

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John Dalton
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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
Thomas Dando

Image from Theatre Organ World
BBC Home Service Basic, 27 April 1942

Logo, Newspaper article Watford Observer; Tommy Dando, the memory master

Logo; Organ Biography Web Site 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. Dr Richard Henry Mort
Organist of Atherton Parish Church
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
J.T. Daniels
J.T. Daniels played at the the Hippodrome, Blackpool.
Don Davenport
In 1955 Don Davenport was playing a Selmar Lincoln organ at the Rio, Kirkcaldy
Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian
Saturday 24 December 1955
F. Davenport
Worked as a church organist.
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Harry Davidson 16th. Jul 1892 - 1st Feb 1967
YouTube link Song Of The Bells
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
YouTube link 'Rose Marie' Selection
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
YouTube link There's An Organ Playing In My Dreams
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
YouTube link Underneath The Arches
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
YouTube link Big Ben's Saying Goodnight
Commodore Theatre, Hammersmith
YouTube link
  • Azuri's Dance Of Triumph
  • The Desert Song
  • The Riff Song
  • The Foreign Legion
  • Romance
  • One Alone

YouTube link The Merry Widow
Commodore Hammersmith
YouTube link 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
YouTube link Bitter Sweet Selection
kiss Me
if Love Were All
if You Could Only Come With Me
call Of Life
i'll See You Again
Commodore Hammersmith
YouTube link Lilac Time
Commodore Hammersmith
YouTube link Sweethearts Of Yesterday
Commodore Hammersmith
Harry Davidson organist
Harry Davidson
Logo, Newspaper article Harry Davidson dies two years after retirement.
Harry Davidson. whose orchestra popularised old-time dancing broadcasts with the BBC programme 'Those Were The Days', died at a nursing home in London yesterday. He was 74 and leaves a widow.
Those Were The Days started in 1943 and continued under his conductorship unti 1965, when, due to illness, he handed the baton over to Mr. Sidney Davey, under whom the orchestra continues.

Birmingham Daily Post
Thursday 02 February 1967

Logo, Web site link Masters of Melody logo
Web Site

Logo; Organ Biography Web Site Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
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. He had opened here in 1922.
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
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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 Davies

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

YouTube linkComedians Gallop
Granada Tooting
YouTube linkWhistler & His Dog
Granada Tooting
YouTube linkAh! Sweet Mystery of Life
Granada Tooting
YouTube linkSeptember In The Rain
Granada Tooting

William Davies
William Davies
Logo, Newspaper article The Telegraph obituary
Logo, Newspaper article The Independent obituary

William Davies
Discogs page

Alan Ashton Organ Celebrities channel
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
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Frank Davis
During 1940 Frank Davis was resident at and broadcast from Paramount (re-named Odeon) Theatre, Manchester
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- various
George Dawson
George Dawson
George Dawson

Worthing Herald
Friday 30 November 1945
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ODEON Cinema manager, Mr George Virgil Dawson played the organ at Broadwater Parish Church on Saturday at the wedding of Miss Audrey Herbert, who for the past 10 years has worked at the cinema’s confectionery counter.

Worthing Herald
Friday 04 October 1957
George Virgil Dawson opened the Plaza Cinema Liverpool on the 2nd September 1939.
He started his cinema organ career about 1915. Although he was playing Church organ in 1914, receiving high praise for his performance at Abbeydale Primitive Methodist Church for his performance of "'Messiah"
Resident organist at The Crosby (Plaza) Cinema, Liverpool.
In 1942 he transferred to management side of the business.
In November 1945 he was appointed manager of the Odeon, Worthing.
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. Margaret's Westminster
Terence Dene
Terence Dene organist
Terence Dene

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

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Jazz on the Church Pipe Organ
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 organist
Barbara Dennerlein
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Logo, Wikipedia web site Barbara Dennerlein

Barbara Dennerlein CD sales page
Barbara Dennerlein
Discogs page
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 1903 - 25th Feb 1929
Following a short spell as organist at the Central cinema 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
Edward Dent
Edward Dent organist
Edward Dent
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Edward Marmaduke Dent became interested in the organ as a choir boy at Sheffield Anglican Cathedral. When the Cathedral organist,
Dr. Reginald Tustin-Baker, Reginald Tustin-Baker
1900 - 1966
Organist of Sheffield Cathedral 1939–1966
learned of his interest he took him on as an organ scholar.
When Tustin-Baker died Edward had lessons with City organist
Mr. C.H. Biltcliffe, Carl Hubert Coles Biltcliffe
1887 - 1967
Organist Sheffield City Hall
lessons were taken on the three manual organ in St. Augustin's Church, Hunters Bar.
Edward wanted to be a professional musician, so he applied for and got a job as organist at the Dial House Club, Hillsborough. To increase his income he also took a day-time job with organ builder T.C. Wilcock.
Having played at a number of clubs Edward was taken on as organist at the Southey Social Club, where he stayed for many years. While there he also played at the Granada, Mansfield; ABC, Huddersfield and Odeon, Leicester Square.
Short Extract:- Mighty Music at The Movies (Fred Turley)
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

You Tube link iconReginald Dixon Rhapsody in Blue Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
You Tube link iconThe Storm - Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer
You Tube link iconOld Wurlitzer Singalongs"
You Tube link iconRock and Roll Medley
You Tube link iconI do like to be beside the seaside medley
You Tube link iconMedley

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

Melody Moments
YouTube linkMelody Moments 1
So Would I
You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
Let It Be Soon
Bless You
down The Valley
Primrose Hill
YouTube linkMelody Moments 2
Try A Little Tenderness
The Anniversary Song
April Showers
Among My Souvenirs
How Lucky You Are
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
YouTube linkMelody Moments 3
When You're Smiling
Sweet And Lovely
Body And Soul
Time On My Hands
YouTube linkMelody Moments 4
Dance Ballerina, Dance
You Can't Be True, Dear
Galway Bay
The Woody Woodpecker Song
After All
Little White Lies
YouTube linkMelody Moments 5
Cuanta Le Gusta
Cuckoo Waltz
Buttons And Bows
On A Slow Boat To China
Bouquet Of Roses
Far Away Places
YouTube linkMelody Moments 6
Hop Scotch Polka
You're Breaking My Heart
I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Cocoanuts
The Harry Lime Theme
Dear Hearts And Gentle People
Leicester Square Rag

YouTube linkDixonland 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
YouTube linkDixonland 2
Little Man You've Had A Busy Day
Love Thy Neighbour
Ole Faithful
Love In Bloom
Over My Shoulder
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
YouTube linkDixonland 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
YouTube linkDixonland 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

Dancing Time
YouTube linkDancing Time 1
- Waltz -
The Merry Widow
Maid of the Mountains
My Hero
The Blue Danube
- Quickstep -
I Double Dare You
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
YouTube linkDancing Time 2
- Quicksteps -
You're An Education
Bob White
I wanna Make Rhythm
Goodnight Angel
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
YouTube linkDancing 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
YouTube linkDancing 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
YouTube linkDancing 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
YouTube linkJolson 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
YouTube linkIrish Jigs
- The Sligos Fancy
Harvest Home
The Stack Of Barley
YouTube linkSt. Bernard Waltz
The Skaters Waltz
YouTube linkQuickstep
The March Hare
YouTube linkModern Ballroom Waltzes
mexicali Rose
wonderful One
I Give My Heart
kiss Me Again
who's Taking You Home Tonight

Dancing At The Tower
YouTube linkSlow Foxtrot
Silver Dollar
Sentimental Me
YouTube linkSlow Foxtrot
If I Loved You
Mona Lisa
I Remember The Cornfields
YouTube linkWaltz
If You Could Care
YouTube linkSlow Foxtrot
Would I Love You
Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You
YouTube linkQuicksteps
My Truly, Truly Fair
There's No Boat Like A Row Boat
YouTube linkFoxtrot
These Foolish Things
Transatlantic Melody
How High The Moon
YouTube linkQuicksteps
Kitten On The Keys
YouTube linkWaltz Medley
Mary Rose
Life's Desires
Mockin' Bird Hill
YouTube linkSlow Foxtrots
Too Young
Tulips & Heather
Because Of You
YouTube linkQuicksteps
Bye, Bye Baby - My Lucky Number - I'd Give Anything
YouTube link Old Time Waltzes
Vaya Con Dios
True Forever
YouTube link Quicksteps
Oh Baby Mine
I Get So Lonely
Do, Do, Do, Do, Do,do, Do It Again (i Ain't Gonna Do It No More)
YouTube linkOld Time Waltzes
Pretty As A Rainbow
Oom Pah Pah (bom Pah Pah)
I Left My Heart In Heidelberg
YouTube linkQuicksteps
Never Never Land
Third Little Turning
A Sky Blue Shirt And Rainbow Tie
YouTube linkModern Waltzes
Cara Mia
The Story Of Tina
Dream, Dream, Dream
YouTube linkFoxtrots
It's A Woman's World
Count Your Blessings
Finger Of Suspicion
YouTube linkQuicksteps
Mr Sandman
No More
YouTube linkFoxtrots
Stranger In Paradise
It May Sound Silly
My World Stood Still
YouTube linkQuicksteps
I'm In Favour Of Friendship
Crazy Otto Rag
YouTube linkFoxtrots
Long, Long Ago
Unchained Melody
You'll Always Be The One.
YouTube linkQuicksteps
Just One More Time
Boom, Boom, Boomerang
Hey Mr. Banjo
YouTube linkWaltz
YouTube linkFoxtrots
Every Day Of My Life
John And Julie
Eton Boating Song
Wyoming Lullaby
Whiffenpoof Song
Live, Laugh And Love
The Loveliest Night Of The Year
Cuckoo Waltz
YouTube linkGold & Silver Waltz

Blackpool Song Mixture
YouTube linkBlackpool 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)
YouTube linkBlackpool 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)
YouTube linkBlackpool 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)
YouTube linkBlackpool 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)
YouTube linkBlackpool 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)
YouTube linkBlackpool Song Mixture 7
Meet The Navy
Yvonne (with Vocal)
The Last Round-up
He Was A Handsome Young Soldier
Tower Wurlitzer
(December 1933)
YouTube linkBlackpool 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
YouTube linkDixontime 1
Deep Purple
The Masquerade Is Over
Little Sir Echo
Summer Sweetheart
South Of The Border
Tower Ballroom
YouTube linkDixontime 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
YouTube linkDixontime 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
YouTube linkDixontime 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
YouTube linkDixontime 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
YouTube linkDixontime 6
Don't You Cry
I Can't Love You Any More
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Fools Rush In
Make Love With A Guitar
Tower Ballroom
YouTube linkDixontime 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
YouTube linkDixontime 9
Hey, Little Hen
I'll Think Of You
Beneath The Lights Of Home
Abbey Road Studio
Compton Organ
YouTube linkDixontime 10
The Band Played On
Corn Silk
Heart's Don't Lie
The Hut-Sut Song
Granada Slough
YouTube linkDixontime 11
Rose O'day
That Lovely Weekend
Wrap Yourself In Cotton Wool
Green Eyes
Home Sweet Home Again
Granada Slough
YouTube linkDixontime 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

Dixon Hits
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon Hits 5
The Music Goes 'Round and Around
Lights Out
Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkDixon Hits 6
Why Did She Fall for the Leader of the Band
Saddle Your Blues to a Wild Mustang"
Please Believe Me
Ship O'Mine
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkDixon Hits 7
Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
Sweetheart, Let's Grow Old Together
The Touch Of Your Lips
Lovely Lady
The Glory Of Love
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon Hits 13
Across The Great Divide
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon Hits 15
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
Broken Hearted Clown
Where Are You?
On A Little Dream Ranch
The Merry-go-round Broke Down
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon Hits 20
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Please Remember
So Many Memories
I Double Dare You
Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon 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
YouTube linkDixon Hits 27
Penny Serenade
Dicky Bird Hop
Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree
Granada Clapham Wurlitzer

Various at the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer
YouTube linkTico-tico
YouTube linkTango Selection
La Cumparsita
Song of the Rose
Tell Me Marianne
YouTube linkMarching 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
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
Richard Rodgers
Mountain Greenery
There's A Small Hotel
The Lady Is A Tramp
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
Jerome Kern
Look For The Silver Lining
Why Do I Love You
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
Noel Coward
Someday I'll Find You
Dance Little Lady
I'll See You Again
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
George Gershwin
Fascinating Rhythm
I Got Rhythm
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
Viennese Memories Of Lehar
Merry Widow Waltz
You're In Love
You Are My Heart's Delight
Dutiful Wife
Gypsy Love Waltz
The Cavalier
Gypsy Song - Count Of Luxemburg
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
Sunrise Serenade
YouTube linkReginald Dixon Plays
Ravel's Bolero
YouTube linkIn A Persian Market
YouTube linkIn A Monastery Garden
YouTube linkThe Storm 1965
YouTube linkStorm at Sea 1955
YouTube linkThe Storm 1937
YouTube linkTiger Rag 1934
YouTube linkCanadian Capers 1934
YouTube linkClassics Of Jazz
St. Louis Blues
Limehouse Blues
Ain't Misbehavin'
My Sweetie Went Away
YouTube linkParade Of The Tin Soldiers
YouTube linkParade Of The Tin Soldiers
YouTube linkThe Teddy Bears' Picnic
YouTube linkYankee 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
YouTube linkThe Doll Medley
Dainty Doll
Lonesome Little Doll
Rag Doll
Little Dutch Doll
The Doll Dance
The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
YouTube linkSigmund 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
YouTube linkCLASSICA Selection
Hungarian Rhapsody #two
Toreador's Song
Spring Song
William Tell
Hungarian Dance
Hungarian Rhapsody
YouTube linkBeside The Seaside In Other Lands
YouTube linkGigi 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
YouTube linkThe 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
YouTube linkThe 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
YouTube linkSinging At The Tower
YouTube linkGulliver'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
YouTube linkThe Desert Song
Azuri's Dance Of Triumph
song Of The Brass Key
one Flower Grows Alone In Your Garden
the Riff Song
one Alone
The Desert Song Waltz
French Military Marching Song
YouTube linkRose Marie (Friml)
The Mounties
Indian Love Call
Totem Tom-tom
Door Of My Dreams
Pretty Things
Only A Kiss
Rose Marie
YouTube linkSnow 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
YouTube linkFifty Years Of Song
Soldiers Of The King
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
love Is The Sweetest Thing
YouTube linkGay 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
YouTube linkBlaze Away
YouTube linkBlackpool Bounce
YouTube linkMemories Of The Tower #4 (Part One)
Chattanooga Choo-choo
the Breeze And I
keep Your Sunny Side Up
by The Fireside
walkin' My Baby Back Home
five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
YouTube linkMemories Of The Tower #4 (Part Two)
Little Girl
as Time Goes By
when I Take My Sugar To Tea
happy Feet
YouTube linkThe Merry Widow
Selection (Franz Lehar)
YouTube linkWhite Horse Inn
YouTube linkMoonlight Serenade
YouTube linkSouth Rampart Street Parade
YouTube linkLondonderry Air
YouTube linkNights Of Gladness
YouTube linkHoliday For Strings
YouTube linkLa Cumparsita
YouTube linkBugle Call Rag
YouTube linkThunder & Lightning Polka
YouTube linkSouth American Joe
YouTube linkForgotten Dreams
YouTube linkChicken Reel
YouTube linkEl Cumbanchero
YouTube linkTiger Rag
YouTube linkAutumn Leaves
YouTube linkDardanella
YouTube linkElizabethan Serenade
YouTube linkEspana
YouTube linkLa Paloma
YouTube linkRussian Rag
YouTube linkPeanut Vendor
YouTube linkUnder The Linden Tree
YouTube linkWedding Of The Painted Doll
YouTube linkThese Foolish Things
YouTube linkTemptation Rag
YouTube linkSophisticated Lady
YouTube linkCzardas

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I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
The Dream Of Olwen
I Kiss Your Hand Madame
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
YouTube linkClassics of Swing
In The Mood
Highland Swing
Dark Town Strutter's Ball
After You've Gone.
Granada Slough
YouTube linkCrystalate Promotional Record for REX Records(1935)
YouTube linkEaster 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
YouTube linkColonel Bogey
YouTube linkSousa March Medley
Granada Welling
YouTube linkAutomne
BBC Moller Concert Organ
Grand Theatre Llandudno
YouTube linkRustle of Spring
BBC Moller Concert Organ
Grand Theatre Llandudno
YouTube linkWaltzing With Strauss
Blue Danube
Vienna Blood
The Kiss
Artist's Life
Wine Women
Song, Voices Of Spring & Blue Danube
Granada Slough
YouTube linkTauber Memories
I'll Walk Beside You
One Day When We Were Young
You Are My Heart's Delight
Smilin Through
Vienna, City Of My Dreams
Granada Slough
YouTube linkClassics of Swing
In The Mood
Highland Swing;
Dark Town Strutter's Ball
After You've Gone
Granada Slough
YouTube linkPinocchio
Three Cheers For Anything
Turn The Old Music Box
When You Wish Upon A Star
Give A Little Whistle
Little Wooden Head
I've Got No Strings
Granada Welling
YouTube linkRomberg Reminiscences
Abbey Road Studio
YouTube linkCole Porter
Begin The Beguine & Night And Day
Abbey Road Studio
YouTube linkJerome Kern
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Who - Old Man River
Abbey Road Studio
YouTube linkBarn Dance Medley
Opera House Wurlitzer
YouTube linkQuicksteps
Crystal Ball
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Abbey Road Studio
YouTube linkFoxtrots
If You Love Me
You, You, You
Abbey Road Studio
YouTube linkFoxtrots
A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
At Sundown
My Blue Heaven
Opera House
YouTube linkQuickstep Medley
Beer Barrel Polka
Don't Dilly Dally On The Way
Bye, Bye, Blackbird
Opera House
YouTube linkDixontime #fourteen
Abbey Road Studios Compton Organ

Reg & Guests
YouTube linkReginald Dixon &
Larry Brennan Band
- Tangoland -
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
YouTube linkReginald Dixon &
Larry Brennan Band
Dancing In A Dream
Foxtrot medley
Tower Ballroom
YouTube linkReginald Dixon &
Bertini & The Tower Band
Rolling Stone Roll Home
Tower Ballroom
Organist Reginald Dixon Reginald Dixon
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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.
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S. Dixon
1946 Playing Independently.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Con Docherty 3rd May 1908
Con Docherty organist
Con Docherty

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Con Docherty was born 3rd May 1908 in Newcastle on Tyne.
He was a pupil of
Dr. J. E. Hutchinson. John Ernest Hutchinson
Dr John Ernest Hutchinson
conductor of the Newcastle and Gateshead Choral Union and the YMCA Choral Society, his most famous pupil was singer Kathleen Ferrier.
Organist at Jesmopnd Parish Church for 40 years
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 & R.A.F.) Travelled over 70,000 miles and gave over 500 shows to troops all over Bengal, Assam and Burma. (More information on his India assignment)
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
James Donaldson - 26th Dec 1931
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Harry Tamplin, of Paisley Picture Theatre, was injured in a motoring fatality in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He had been attending a staff Christmas party and was motoring his organist, James Donaldson, home to Glasgow, when a skid occurred and the car crashed into an electric standard.
An ambulance was summoned and the injured were taken to the Victoria Infirmary.
Mr. Donaldson's injuries, however, were so severe that he succumbed on Sunday morning. Much regret will be felt in Paisley, where he was well known.
Mr. Tamplin received a scalp wound, but his condition is not serious, although he will not be able to attend business for some time.

The Bioscope - Wednesday 30 December 1931
James Donaldson was organist at the Paisley Picture Theatre.
He was killed in a motoring accident while being driven home following a staff Christmas party. (See article)
Philip Dore 1903 - 25th March 1974
Philip Dore organist
Philip Dore

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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.
He made regular broadcasts from Mullingar Cathedral.
Made regular broadcasts from the Pavilion, Bournemouth.
1946 Playing Independently.
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Harry Dorman
Opened the Tivoli, Partick in 1929
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.
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1946 Playing Independently.
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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
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Mr. C. Dulson An organist and music teacher, Mr. Clifford Dulson, of 6 Swinderby Road, Wembley, died on March 2 aged 67.
Mr. Dulson, who used to work with a music company in Hammersmith, carried on with his teaching work from his home. He had also been choirmaster and organist at three churches. St. Matthew, Willesden. St. James, Alperton, and St. John the Evangelist. Hammersmith where he was also a scout leader.
Mr. Dulson was a bachelor who was orphaned as a child and he had no known relatives. He was brought up in the Wolverhampton area.
On his death a friend, Mr. W. Simpson of St. James Gardens, Alperton, made the funeral arrangements and tried to contact anyone Mr. Dulson had known. Burial was at Carpenters Park on March 18.

Friday 01 April 1977
1928 Music teacher in Staffordshire 1946 working for Gaumont British.
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J. Arnold Eagle 1901 - 1966
 J. Arnold Eagle organist
J. Arnold Eagle
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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. In June 1944 he was billed as J. Arnold Eagle and his orchestra, performing at the Essoldo, Newcastle.
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
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Organist Jelani Eddington
Jelani Eddington
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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. John Allen Ferguson
John Allen Ferguson
1941 -
American organist, teacher, and composer.

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
William Elborne
William Elborne opened the Central Cinema, Harrogate. He had been organist at Knaresborough Parish Church and Christ Church, Harrogate..
Guy Eldridge 9th May 1904 - 1976
Fanfare for St. Michael and All Angels
Played by Kai Krakenberg
Composed by Guy Eldridge
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 at St. Luke’s Parish Church, Chelsea and St. Michael’s, Chester Square
Conductor of the Hollington Choral Society.
During 1937 he was broadcasting regularly
1946 Playing the Odeon Circuit.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Dagmar Elissen
Dagmar Elissen organist
Dagmar Elissen

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Dagmar Elissen came from Denmark. She made a series of appearances for Odeon theatres.
Lived in Paddington
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Martin Ellis
Martin Ellis Classical organ entry
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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
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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.
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Nelson Elms 9th Nov 1905
Nelson Elms organist
Nelson Elms

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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.
His last broadcast appears to have been on the Home Service, October 1949.
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Max Erard
Composed by Max Erard, sung by his wife Zona Vevey
Max Erard
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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 did not receive unanimous plaudits when touring, Skegness council had complaints.
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Max later toured with his wife,
Zona Vevey Zona Vevey
Zona Vevey
Britain's Daintiest Comedienne
Vevey had a fine clear voice and performed with her husband Max Erard who both accompanied her and composed most of her dainty songs.
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, until the twenties. He then changed his name to 'Mark Edwards' and played various 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.
The Stage
16 December 1982
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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
Arthur Esgate

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Logo, Newspaper article Organs in Australia
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

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
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, 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
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Jack Evans 10th Sep 1916 - 1986
Jack Evans organist
Jack Evans

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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
Frank Eyre - c.1990
Frank Eyre organist
Frank Eyre
Frank Eyre was assistant organist at the Gaumont, Doncaster.
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
Organ Celebrities
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 broadcast from the Granada, Bedford
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
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Tony Fenelon
Tony Fenelon
LinkedIn page
On A Wonderful Day Like Today
Blaze Away
Theatre Organ Convention - Sydney, 2000
Interview by Jack Moelmann
Tony Fenelon oranist
Tony Fenelon
Tony Fenelon
Discogs page
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
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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
Andrew Fenner

Image from Theatre Organ World
BBC LogoGenome Radio Times National Programme Daventry, 23 December 1938

Andrew Fenner
Discogs page
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

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

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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
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Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
Wednesday 29 October 1947
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1937 opened the Gaumont, Oldham.
1947 at the Gaumont, Havelock followed by the
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
Harry Field was 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
You Tube link iconRickshaw Ride
You Tube link iconMedley
You Tube link iconFour Irish Contrasts
You Tube link iconMerrie England
You Tube link iconMedley 2
You Tube link iconMedley 3
You Tube link iconFive Organists Live
You Tube link iconPetite Fleur
Empress Ballroom
You Tube link iconMedley
Empress Ballroom
You Tube link iconMoonlight Medley
Empress Ballroom
YouTube linkFirst 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
You Tube link iconThe Blackpool Express
Get Goin
Empress Ballroom
You Tube link iconFinch 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
You Tube link iconSongs 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
You Tube link iconWhen the Guards are on Parade
Empress Ballroom
YouTube linkSmilin' Through
Empress Ballroom
Blackpool Opera House
Blackpool Opera House
YouTube linkLive Dancing (quicksteps)
at The Empress Ballroom

Finch Favourites
YouTube linkFinch Favourites 1
Beer Barrel Polka
Deep Purple
One Life
Little Sir Echo
South Of The Border
Tower Ballroom
YouTube linkFinch Favourites 2
Our Love
If I Didn't Care
Summer Sweetheart
Angels Never Leave Heaven
T'aint What You Do
Granada Theatre
Clapham Junction
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch Favourites 9
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
When Our Dreams Grow Old
The Singing Hills
Don't Ever Pass Me By
Shake Down The Stars
Blackpool Opera House
YouTube linkFinch 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
Blackpool Opera House
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch Favourites 12
Mem'ry Of A Rose
Ferryboat Serenade
Blueberry Hill
Lovely Old Lady
Goodnight, Again
Blackpool Opera House
YouTube linkFinch 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
YouTube linkFinch 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

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

Horace Finch & Guests
YouTube linkHorace Finch &
Larry Brennan Band
Since We Fell Out Of Love
Horace Finch
Horace Finch
Logo, Wikipedia web siteHorace 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
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Phil Finch
YouTube linkBluebell Polka - Gaumont Palace Cheltenham
YouTube linkKitten On The Keys
BBC Moller
Phil Finch Phil Finch
Phil Finch
Warner Cinema London
BBC LogoBBC Radio Times 16 Sep 1941
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
Tom Flack
1933-35 playing the Prince’s Theatre, North Shields
Harold Flatman
Harold Flatman
Harold Flatman

Harold Flatman at the 2/6 Wurlitzer, Regent Theatre, Ipswich.
Origin:- e-bay
Harold Flatman was resident at the Regent, Ipswich during WWII.
1946 working for Gaumont British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Joseph Flitcroft
Joseph Flitcroft organist
Joseph Flitcroft
Logo, Newspaper articleArticle on the Savoy Northampton
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
You Tube link iconIn A Monastery Garden
You Tube link iconPoet And Peasant Overture
YouTube linkBlue Danube Waltz
Paramount Theatre New York
YouTube linkTunes 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)
YouTube linkTunes 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)
YouTube linkToselli's Serenata
Regal Kingston
YouTube linkWee Macgregor Patrol
Regal Kingston
YouTube linkTheme Songs from Famous Films
YouTube linkPalace Theatre Medley
Paramount Theatre London
YouTube linkMoller Concert Organ
Drury Lane
Fairy On The Clock
YouTube linkNightmare in the Mosque
YouTube linkStars & Stripes Forever
Mosque Auditorium
3/17 Wurlitzer
Richmond Virginia U.S.A
YouTube linkReginald Foort & Alfredo Campoli
Song Of Paradise
BBC Compton
YouTube linkChoo Choo
Regal Marble Arch
YouTube linkMemories Of You
Regal Marble Arch
Organist Reginald Foort
Reginald Foort
Logo, Wikipedia web siteReginald Foort

CD ogoReginald Foort
Organ 1st page
Reginald Foort
Discogs page

Logo, Newspaper articleReginald Foort's account of his recording experiences

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Reginald Foort was born in Daventry, England, on 23rd 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 Sir Walter Parratt Sir Walter Parratt
1841 - 1924
Organist, composer, music teacher.
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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Image created courtesy of
The British Library Board.

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
Molly Forbes b. 1911 - d. 1994
Pathe logo Springtime Melodies. Warner Leicester Square London
Organist Molly Forbes
Molly Forbes
BBC logo BBC Home Service listings page, reference to Molly Forbes

Logo, Newspaper article Link to an article with reference to organist Molly Forbes
Logo, Newspaper article Article with reference to organist Molly Forbes

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
Reginald Foxwell
Logo, Newspaper articleThe school song
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Reginald Foxwell, the cinema Organist, died suddenly on June 8 at a comparatively early age. Both an LARM and an ARCO, be was for many year resident organist at Southend Odeon's Compton organ. a magnificent instrument; his modest and genial friendliness, allied to his great technical all, brought him a wide following.
In post war years, he became a full-time member of the staff of the Department of Music and Drama, under Dr. Harold C. May, of the Southend Municipal College.
He occasionally broadcast, and had acted as organist and choirmaster to local churches, and had been appointed only a few months ago to the centuries-old St. Clements, Leigh-on-Sea

The Stage
Thursday 20 June 1957
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Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Reginald Foxwell studied under Frederick D. L. Penny, and Allan Brown.
After five years with Granada Theatres joined Odeon in 1941.
Unfit for Military Service; obtained a commission in the R.N.V.R. as instruct in Wireless Telegraphy attached to the Sea Scouts.
1946 playing at the Odeon, Southend-on-Sea. The same year he broadcast from the Odeon. Swiss Cottage.
1947 Playing the Plaza, Mansfield.
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
Paul Francis

Regent Street Cinema, London
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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
Compton organ for civic functions and military band concerts.
Extract:- Paul Francis OrganFax page
H. C. Freer
H. C. Freer was organist at the Rialto, Broughton until 1930. He then moved into Cinema management
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
Jack Fretwell

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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
1947 he was playing at the Regal, Bridlington
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Percy Fryer
Percy G. A. Fryer was a pupil of
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
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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.

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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.
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Cyril Gell 5th Jun 1909 - 4th Sep 1994
Cyril Gell organist
Cyril Gell

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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

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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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E.J. Godbold
E.J. Godbold was organist at the Lozells Picture House, Birmingham, until October 1930
Alec Gordon - 1966
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Just a few short weeks after receiving a long letter from Alec Gordon saying how pleased he was to be able to go back to work for a limited time, I learned through a newspaper report of his death.
Back in 1956 when I opened with my first organ at the Shoulder of Mutton. Clay Cross. Derbyshire, it was Alec, who was then at the Anchor Inn, Chesterfield, who came on opening night and helped things along, and started what was to be the first of many visits between the two of us and our locations.
He will he remembered for his days at Grantham on the little Wurlitzer at the M.A.R. Co. hall and for his many visits to Theatre Organ Club and Cinema Organ Society recitals throught the past few years. Alec successfully recorded from the Odeon Theatre, Leeds, for the Northern Home Service. A close neighbour of ABC Chesterfield manager John Dixon, Alec was also to be found for a period playing for the minors club at this theatre (Compton 3c7 under stage-now removed). I feel sure that his many friends in the Chesterfield area and in the organ world will miss him greatly and our sympathies go to his dear wife and son, Tony.

The Stage
Thursday 20th October 1966
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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
Elise Granados
Elise Granados organist

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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
Beyond the Blue Horizon 3/13 Wurlitzer Organ, Blackpool Opera House,
Jack Moelmann Interview
Organist David Gray
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
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Lew Green
1946 working for Associated British.
Extract:- Theatre Organ World
Paul Greenwood
Paul Greenwood
LinkedIn Page
KEYView radio
Birth of the Blues
Singing the Blues
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
Plaza Stockport
Paul Greenwood organist
Paul Greenwood
Gerhard GregorLink to Hammond page Icon 17th Sep 1906 - 28th Oct 1981
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Gerhard Gregor

Gerhard Gregor organist
Gerhard Gregor
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Gerhard Gregor
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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
Wilfred Gregory
Wilfred Gregory organist
Wilfred Gregory

Playing the 3/12 Compton at the Tower Cinema, West Bromwich
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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.

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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
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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
George Griggs
George Griggs opened on the Christie at Shaftesbury Pavilion
Thomas Grosch 4th Aug 1900 - 15th Nov 1982
Thomas Grosch organist
Thomas Grosch
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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
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Kevin Grunill
Kevin Grunill
OrganFax page
Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer
Music from Sunset Boulevard. Penistone Compton Organ
Highland Cathedral
Pie in the face polka
Kevin Grunill
Kevin Grunill
Kevin Grunill
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Kevin Grunill
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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
You Tube link iconThe Match Parade
3/8 Compton organ Gaumont Palace, Chester
You Tube link iconThe White Dove
3/8 Compton organ Gaumont Palace, Chester
You Tube link iconAir de Ballet
6 rank Wurlitzer in the Liverpool Trocadero
You Tube link iconPoupee Valsante
6 rank Wurlitzer in the Liverpool Trocadero
You Tube link iconMusical Comedies selection 1
The Lilac Domino
If You Were the Only Girl in the World
Maid of the Mountains
I'm on the Staff
Song of the Vagabonds
The Chocolate Soldier

3/8 Compton
Gaumont Palace
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Please Don't Flirt with Me
Gipsy Love
Count of Luxembourg
The Love Next
The Merry Widow

3/8 Compton
Gaumont Palace
Sydney Gustard organist
Sydney Gustard
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BBC Radio Times 1939

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.

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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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