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Glyn Madden
Bluesette Yamaha Electone HE-8

Puppet On A String Yamaha Electone HS-8 (1987)

Life On Mars Yamaha Electone HX-1 (1987)

Gospel John Yamaha HS8 Organ

Zampa Yamaha Electone HX-1 (1987)

Reflections
Yamaha PSR-S910 Demonstration
Thorn Birds

Glyn Madden plays
Splanky
on Yamaha EL90
Glyn Madden
Link the the UK Yamaha Club web site

Ian Woolstenholme interviews Glyn Madden.
Includes tracks with Glyn playing a FX20
Glyn Madden was born in Hillsborough, Sheffield. His father gave private piano lessons in the evenings and at weekends, Glyn joined the other pupils and started learning piano.
Glyn started performing his 'party pieces' on piano not long after he started school. By the age of ten he decided to be a drummer and played for the local Boys' Brigade band.
Glyn's dad played the music for a concert that was put on at his school - and someone lent a small Lowrey organ. He didn't take any notice of it at the time but, at the end of the show, the children presented his Dad with an LP featuring Joseph Seal playing a Wurlitzer
Glyn was absolutely enthralled by the sound of the theatre organ and so his Dad, who was also the organist and choir-master at the local church, suggested that I should begin taking lessons. When, just as he was leaving school, a job was advertised in the local music shop, Glyn applied - and so it was that, four years later, he found himself managing the music shop.
Shop work doesn't often pay well and, to supplement his wages (and to pay for a car), Glyn taught the organ and played in a variety of venues during the evening.
In 1980, Yamaha (then Kemble Organ Sales Ltd) offered Glyn a job as staff demonstrator / concert artist. They were launching a new organ called the D85. Glyn stayed with the company until 2000 when ill health forced him to quit and exchange the exciting but exhausting lifestyle for something a little less hectic.
Glyn now runs the Yamaha Club and produces a by-monthly magazine.
Extract:- OrganFax page
Michael McAneny
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
West Side Story
Michael McAneny
John Mann
Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience

The stripper, Played on Eminent 200 grand
Organist John Mann


Music has always been the prime priority in John Mann's life. From an early age he showed his enthusiasm, and was quickly encouraged by his parents, who bought him a piano.
John worked hard on that piano, and his music teacher was so interested in the young Mr Mann that she gave more than the set lesson time, John went on to pass his Royal School of Music examinations and participated in many musical festivals in Brighton, his hometown.
There was a deep flair for the show business side too. John went to the Brighton School of Drama where he took part in acting, elocution and dancing lessons
The knowledge of dance and stage craft has helped him over the years in his varied work.
John applied for and got the job of organist at the local sports stadium. Up to this time John's organ playing was confined to church organ lessons with the study of Voluntary's and some Bach works. Secretly when he was left alone in the church at night he would let rip with a few extemporisations on well-known songs of the day - all done in the best possible taste!!
By now he was in full flight on the road to becoming an Entertainment Organist, with variations, producing the Summer Season Concert Party and Band shows that have served him well to set up his present position as Britain's number one Entertainment Organist.
Extract from the John Mann biography
Nicholas Martin
Dance medley
Vienna to Cabaret medley
Midsomer Murders
Cavalleia Rusticana Intermezzo
Organist Nicholas Martin


Nick Martins musical career started when he first studied the piano at nine years of age. He began to take a keen interest in the organ shortly afterwards.
During a family visit to Blackpool, in 1969 , he overheard the Wurlitzer organ being played in the famous Tower Ballroom by none other than Reginald Dixon, Nick was totally smitten - in fact, he never quite got over it! After he started learning to play the organ, at age eleven, it became his driving ambition to perform at this famous venue.
Nick's Tower Ballroom ambition was realised in 1981, and he accepted a post as resident organist - He played there solidly, seven days a week, during the 1981 and 1982 seasons
Whilst at Blackpool in 1982 Nick was approached by Nigel Turner a businessman from Northampton. Mr Turner proposed opening a new organ entertainments complex - "Turner's Musical Merry-go-Round". The feature piece would be a large Wurlitzer theatre organ
Nick commenced duty at "Turner's", as resident Wurlitzer organist, in April 1983, and remained there until its closure in June 2004. Nick recorded over thirty albums on "Turner's Wurlitzer" as well as Video's and DVD's
One of the major highlights in Nick's musical career was an offer (in 1985) to perform in concert at the Kirk of Dunedin - a community church on the West Coast of Florida. Since that first visit, he has been asked to return many times.
After Turner's closed in July 2004, Nick became Musical Director at Wicksteed Park (Kettering, Northants.) -His work there consisted of performing all the music for the afternoon variety shows and accompanying the various acts - by using his Technics G-100. His "term of office" came to an end there in December 2008.
Nowadays, Nick's career finds him performing for the many organ societies and clubs around the U.K. as well as church recitals.
Extract:- OrganFax page
Jean Martyn Linkedin logo OIrganFax logo
Britain's Got Talent Special (Semi-Finals)
Final - Britain's Got Talent 2011
Jean Martyn ( the real one)
On Piano
James Last Selection
Medley on Yamaha EL 900
Organist Jean Martyn

Jean Martyn moves effortlessly between grand piano, electronic keyboards, mighty 1930's cinema organs. Jean's range of music is vast, extending from classical to jazz and modern dance.
Jean performed at an International Reception for approximately 600 Rotarians at the Metropole Hotel and gave two performances at the NEC International Convention Centre in the City of Birmingham.
Next came a classical organ recital in Lichfield Cathedral, the city of her birth, along with her Yamaha electronic organ. Then at the Symphony Hall Birmingham she played the classical organ, giving a pedal solo.
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre is a regular venue, where Jean performs on the mighty Compton cinema organ, and Steinway grand piano. Jean makes several appearances each year in Europe and America in addition to her busy programme of tours around Britain. She performed with James last at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester in 1993.
Musically trained at Trinity College, Trent Park and The Guildhall School of Music, London, Jean is the only female organist to have recorded on the famous Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer Organ during the last 50 years.
She has given three concerts at the Cheshire residence of the Duke of Westminster and has appeared for the 'Not Forgotten Association' at St James's Palace in London for Chelsea Pensioners.
In 2010 she performed in Hamburg for the BBC, and celebrated 30 years as a professional musician.
Jean is now performing on the fabulous TRX system.
Extract:- OrganFax page
Stef Meeder b. 12th April 1935
My Sweet Gipsy Rose medley
Across The Ally From The Alamo
September In The Rain

Hollandse medley
Soul Tango Medley
Medley Op Wersi WEGA CD600
Without Your Love
Sympathy - El Condor Pasa - Let it be
What's new - Alone again, naturally - Something
HOCH Steff Meeder

Superson logo
Stef Meeder was born in Schiedam on April 12th 1935.
His father was a house painter and pianist. At the age of four Steff started to take an interest in playing the piano, his father gave him lessons.
At the age of fourteen Stef Meeder had his first band: the KAJ band. KAJ stands for Catholic Workers Youth. KAJ The band played a lot in the location where the KAJ was established. The chaplain who accompanied Kajotters thought Stef could play the organ. He was right and Stef spent six years as church organist.
Stef and his band continued to perform until he was called up for military service at the age of twenty. He formed a dance orchestra: the Wittenberg Band, named after the place where Stef was stationed.
On completion of his military service Stef Meeder went to work as a salesman / demonstrator at Johan de Heer. There he saw Hammond organs and other brands, Stef had to demonstrate these instruments when trying to sell them. His interest in the Hammond sound grew quickly. Soon he was demonstrating at fairs and exhibitions inside and outside. Stef found the place where you could demonstrate with the most success was in the cinema.
At the age of 29 Stef decided to be his own boss. He started his first business in Schiedam, his birthplace. He realized that he could sell organs he also gave a guarantee in that people could actually learn to play them. Stef developed an organ course on cassette. This was soon expanded with courses for guitar, keyboard, percussion, piano, flute and bass. In 1982 Phonogram awarded Stef a gold tape for selling more than 250,000 copies of these courses.
Stef received an invitation from the Holland America line to become one of its cruise line entertainers. It was a great success, he spent ten years cruising the world.
Stef also produced the Super Song Series. He identified a market for sheet music with songs from the current charts written for the organ. Stef sold this business in 1998, but the Super Song Series is still published under the name Stef Meeder.
Extract and translation from an article on Stef Meeder by Hammond Organ Club Holland
Vyacheslav Mescherin 1923 — 6th Oct 1995
Sketch
Popcorn
On the Way to School
At the Summer Cottage
How a Hare Cheated a Fox
El Bimbo
Vyacheslav Mescherin
Wikipedia link

20 minutes
YouTube Channel link

Vyacheslav Valerianovich Mescherin was a Soviet Russian musician and composer, founder of Vyacheslav Mescherin's Orchestra of Electronic Instruments that performed space age pop and easy listening music.
A veteran of the World War II, Vyacheslav received Order of the Red Star and Medal "For Courage". After the war, Mescherin graduated from Gnessin State Musical College and worked on the radio. In 1957 he founded Orchestra of Electronic Instruments, also informally known as Vyacheslav Mescherin Orchestra. The orchestra used various electronic instruments, such as theremins, electric organs and early synthesisers. Vyacheslav composed some of the music, but also arranged electronic versions of folk tunes and Western songs, such as El Bimbo and Pop Corn.
Mescherin's music was often used as a background in elevators and waiting halls, as well as on television.
Extract:- Vyacheslav Mescherin Wikipedia page
Shiro Michi
I Really Don't Want To Know
Un Homme Et Une Femme
Music To Watch Girls By
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Gelsomina
Somethin Stupid
Richard Monks Facebook link ilogo
Theatre Organ Medley
You Only Live Twice
Popular

Richard Monks was born in Ashford, Middlesex and developed an interest in music from an early age and started taking piano lessons at the age of 8. His interest in the organ in particular, developed from hearing the Church organ being played whilst singing in his school Christmas Carol concert and was particularly taken with the sound of the Theatre organ after hearing recordings of the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer.
As well as playing for concerts in clubs and societies around the country, including a concert tour of the Channel Islands, he has appeared at several of the UK's organ/keyboard festivals including Lyme Bay, Mill Rythe and St Audries.
He also is a keen theatre organ player and has played various organs around the country including the Stockport and Burton-on-Trent Town Hall Wurlitzers, the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer in Blackpool and the Bournemouth Pavilion Compton. He also makes regular appearances at the oldest Wurlitzer in the UK located in Beer, Devon.
He also plays the pipe organ and piano for local churches for services and accompanying choirs for choral works and also for weddings including accompanying soloists.
Extract from the Richard Monks web site
Kevin Morgan LinkedIn logo
Playing GA3 Organist Kevin Morgan COS logo
Kevin Morgan started playing piano at the age of three. When, as a choirboy, his voice broke, he was persuaded to try playing the organ instead of singing! All went well and he played for his first Choral Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral at the age of eleven.
He took 'O' and 'A' Level Music (amongst others) and passed his Grade Eight Piano, Organ, Singing, Theory and General Musicianship examinations (winning prizes for the highest marks) along with a Performance Diploma at the piano before going up to University College, Durham.
In 1986, he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Bolton Parish Church that has a fine three-manual Hill organ.
Kevin Morgan is a prize-winning Fellow of The Royal College of Organists, a Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, London, in addition to holding Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees.
Extract from the Kevin Morgan COS page
Andrew Nix OrganFax
Theatre Organ Medley played on Roland Atelier
Shadows Medley
March of the cobblers
Andrew Nix at Stockport Town Hall
Andrew Nix, born 1968 just outside Selby, North Yorkshire, has established himself on the organ circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer.
It was when Andrew reached the age of ten that his interest in organs became apparent. His mother had an organ at home and Andrew sat down and learnt several Christmas carols (even though it was in the middle of summer). His parents saw the potential and arranged lessons for him. Although he was taught by two teachers (one being classical) he soon developed his own style.
Shortly after leaving school Andrew was offered three nights a week playing in a local club where he accompanied artistes and played for dancing. At 17 years old Andrew was appointed Organist and Musical Director for a Theatre Group performing at Butlins, Barry Island. Andrew thoroughly enjoyed this position as he was gaining experience and confidence. After three further seasons with Butlins and one for Haven Holidays Andrew became fully freelance as he was increasingly in demand for concerts and dances nation-wide on both Theatre and Electronic organs.
In May 2000 Andrew started performing on a Roland Atelier and now currently tours with the T900c (Freelance).
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Hector Olivera Link to pipe organ page icon
Hector Olivera organist
Csardas - Roland AT-900
Rhapsody in blue von Queen
Magnificent Seven
Tico Tico and Flight Of The Bumble Bee
Largo from Xerxes - Roland C-200 Classic Organ
Hector Olivera organist
Hector Olivera was born in Buenos Aires, Hector's first teacher (who was his father) encouraged him to begin playing the pipe organ when he was three. Two years later, Hector was appointed organist of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. At six, he entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory to study harmony, counterpoint, and fugue. Beginning to learn the art of improvisation there, by nine, he had composed a suite for oboe and string orchestra, which was eventually performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
Hector entered the University of Buenos Aires when he was 12, where he studied with Hector Zeoli and Juan Francisco Giacobbe. By 18, he had performed more than 300 concerts throughout Latin America, appearing frequently on Argentinean radio and television. During this time, he also served for three years as the senior improvisational accompanist for the Collegium Musicum in Buenos Aires.
In 1965, New York's prestigious Juilliard School of Music offered him a scholarship. He immediately moved to the United States to study with Vernon de Tar and Bronson Reagan. Three years later, Hector won the National Improvisation Contest sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.
In 1992, Hector was featured at the American Guild of Organists convention at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta performing the world premiere of a commissioned work written by William Albright. Later, from this same stage, Hector performed on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." According to Keillor, Hector "literally stopped the show!"
In 1996, again in Atlanta, Hector performed at Spivey Hall in connection with the Olympic Games. In 2000, Hector performed a solo memorial concert in New York City's St. Paul the Apostle Church as a tribute to his greatest hero and role model, organist Virgil Fox.
Extract:- GOA Web site
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So Nice
I Have Dreamed
Our love is here to stay
Organist Martin Orbidans
Martin Orbidans was born in Hull, East Yorkshire and spent his early years in Beverley. He was a member of Beverley Minster Choir and went to Longcroft School where he played in the East Riding Youth Orchestra.
Working in the clubs Martin accompanied many famous people including Bert Weedon, Larry Grayson, Charlie Williams, Frank Ifield, Danny La Rue, he also worked with the Ray McVay band.
Martin spent a short time playing Hammond organ on the North Sea ferries, then took two Summer Seasons in Scarborough. After that he joined the Royal Marines Band Service. He took a few private trumpet lessons with the Scarborough teacher 'Joe Blewitt' and did grade 2 in 6 month`s just scraping a pass! he was considered to be the worst trumpet player in the Marines but the best pianist
After a shock year in training Martin went to the Rosyth band (RM) and then on to then to the Portsmouth staff band. From which are chosen musicians to perform on the now defunct Royal Yacht Britannia.
Martin left the Marines in 1987 to try and make a go of working for himself and after a brief spell in Vancouver, he joined the organ club circuit in UK.
Martin then moved to Cairo where he earned a living teaching. He found that he could triple his salary if he had a Bmus degree so came back to the UK to study.
Martin now teaches music in the UK.
Extract from the Martin Orbidans blog.
Eddie Osborne
When The Saints Go Marching In
Washington Post
Tennessee Waltz
South Of The Border
Sid's Blues
Muskrat Ramble
Ma He's Makin' Eyes At Me
El Cumbachero
Buttons And Bows
Discogs page
Korla Pandit 16th Sep 1921- 2nd Oct 1998
Miserlou

Kumar
Song of India
Chiu chiu
La Cumparsita
Pelone Telefone
The Godfather of Exotica

Korla Pandit - The Universal Language of Music, Vol 1
Korla Pandit - Music of the Exotic East
Korla Pandit's The Grand Moghul
Korla Pandit's The Very Thought Of You
Korla Pandit Wikipedias link logo


Korla Pandit was born John Roland Redd in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, to an African-American family. Pandit's father was Ernest Redd, an African-American man and a Baptist pastor, and his mother was Doshia O'Nina Redd, of French and African blood. Pandit had two brothers and four sisters, all light-skinned like him. He attended a segregated school and learned to play piano. A contemporary of his, jazz pianist "Sir" Charles Thompson, knew him during that time; he said that John Roland Redd was the better piano player.
During the mid-1940s, as Juan Rolando, he played the organ on the Los Angeles radio station KMPC, and he performed in various supper clubs and lounges. He was also heard on the Rudy Vallée Show and Jubilee, the program of black jazz and swing bands transcribed by the Special Services of the War Department for airing to WWII servicemen overseas.
In 1944, he married Disney artist Beryl June DeBeeson, and the two reinvented his image, eventually replacing "Juan Rolando" with "Korla Pandit" and fabricating a romantic history for him as a baby born in New Delhi, India to a Brahmin priest and a French opera singer, who travelled from India via England, finally arriving in the United States
Extract from the Korla Pandit Wikipedia page
Rod Pooley
Glen Miller Tribute
Pan Pipes
Stranger on the Shore
Cant Buy Me Love

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Rod Pooley
Born in Welling, Kent, in 1966, Rod Pooley started playing electronic organ at the age of seven years studying under the very capable guidance of John Norris. Rod furthered his playing skills by starting piano from the age of ten. He was very fortunate to be taught the piano by a top London jazz pianist James Fagg. Rod passed the eleven plus and went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School which at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. Rods claim to fame was to perform solo in concert at the school in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath
Rod has won many major titles in the organ world. These include:
1981 at 14 years of age Young Theatre Organist of the Year
1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age National Organist of the year . 1988 at 21 years of age Yamaha Electone Festival Winner
Rod has Grade VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17 years of age. For two years Rod was a Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne where the family had moved to in 1982. Rods professional career was already well established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck. Rod has organised and run a very successful organ and keyboard school, and now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with the full time position of Product Specialist and Events Organiser for Korg UK.
Extract from the Rod Pooleybiography
Chris Powell
Theatre Organ Medley played on Roland Atelier.
Playing the Allen TH300
Latin Medley on Roland Atelier
Muskrat Ramble
On the Korg PA3X
Angel in Blue
Latin Medley
Organis Chris Powell
Cinema Organ Sociaety logo
Chris Powell was born in Manchester in 1971. At the age of 2, his parents emigrated to live in Christchurch, New Zealand where he first became exposed to organ music as a pre-schooler at the Cathedral Boys Grammar School. A return to England in 1977 saw him further his musical activities both as a chorister and also with piano and subsequently electronic organ lessons. By the age of 16, he was already giving concerts as well as playing for dancing around East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Living in North West England, it was not surprising that the family made an outing to the world famous Blackpool Tower. On hearing the Wurlitzer, Chris remarked to his parents that he would "play in here some day!".... At the age of 18, he was successfully auditioned to join the team of organists there as a relief player during the winter of 1990.
During 91 Chris was invited to undertake work for the Farfisa Company of Italy and subsequently, he enjoyed working with the Orla range of products from Italy.
1994 saw an invitation to return to New Zealand to play a series of theatre and electronic organ concerts. The 4 week sell-out tour saw him performing to capacity crowds from Dunedin in the South right up to Auckland. Other destinations have included frequent visits to Germany and Holland as well as Italy and the United States.
In 2000, he was invited by the Roland Corporation to tour with one of their flagship Atelier organ products. The initial AT-80R has subsequently given way to various newer models leading up to the current AT-900C model which he tours with right around the country.
Extract from the Chris Powell Biography
Curt Prina b. 31st Aug 1928 Facebook link logo
Playing Wersi
Wersi Spectra 1
Musikmesse 2002
Chanson D'amour.
Humoreske Piano
Figaros Wedding
Just the way you look tonight
Die Moldau
i wanna dance with somebody
Curt Prina organist
Curt Prina was born on 31st August 1928 in Zurich.
At just 16 Curt became the youngest band leader in Switzerland
In 1946 he worked with the Bob Huber orchestra for 6 months. 1948, he joined the Fred Böhler sextet working as a pianist and arranger. In 1950 he formed his own jazz combo with Paul Linder, Hazy Maag, Goodi Schaaf and Walter Schrempp.
Until 1978 he was a member of the Hazy Osterwald Sextet, with whom he had many international performances.
Since 1978 Curt Prina has had a solo career as an organist performing in concerts around the world. In 1980 he undertook a tour with Jimmy Smith.
Extract and translation from the Curt Prina Wikipedia page

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