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We encourage members to follow Government advice and not to attend public events. Please also see 'Club Events' page.

March 17 2020: As a result of the PM's recommendations the following venues have announced postponement of organ events for the foreseeable future. We will put further details and updates here as we hear them but please see their websites/Facebook pages for information:

Barnsley Astoria Centre

Bilston Town Hall 

Bournemouth Pavilion


Cannock Chase The Barn

Clayhall St John Vianney

East Sussex National

Greenlaw New Palace Centre 

Hampton-in-Arden Fentham Hall 

Howden-le-Wear New Victoria Centre

London Troxy

Louth Town Hall

Odeon Theatres

Peel Green LTOT Heritage Centre

Penistone Paramount

Regent Street Cinema

Rye Milligan Theatre

Saltaire Victoria Hall

Shrewsbury Buttermarket

Singing Hills

Spalding Burtey Fen 

Stockport Town Hall

Woodhall Spa Kinema in the Woods

The TOC hopes all our friends and colleagues stay healthy throughout this testing time and that organ events will once again be resumed as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

American organist, Charlie Balogh died on Thursday, November 21st 2019 aged 68.  He had been one of three staff organists at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa for the last 28 years. Charlie started learning the organ at the age of eleven at Trenton State College, whilst growing up in New Jersey. His style as an organist grew from a love of jazz and the music of the 30s and 40s along with classical influences and a broad background in traditional theatre organ techniques. Charlie had been at Organ Stop Pizza since 1991, after 14 years at the Roaring 20s restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to his move to Michigan, he had a three-year stint between 1973 and 1976 at the Phoenix Organ Stop.

 Kevin Morgan informs us that, due to change of circumstance, he is now available all year round for concert and recital bookings, please write to:

444 CLIFTON DRIVE NORTH
LYTHAM ST ANNE'S
LANCASHIRE
FY8 2PP
Or phone:
01253 723370 or email kevinmorgan222@btinternet.com

 

Kevin Grunill says: After 15 years at St Andrew's Church, Penistone, Thursday Lunchtime Organ Concerts commence at The Astoria Centre, Barnsley on 6th September 2018 at 1:00pm

 
A new CD from Donald MacKenzie at the Odeon Leicester Square's original 1937 Compton Cinema Organ.  The recording is crystal clear and the organ is well captured. It is available from Donald at 5 Lewis Close, Aylesbury HP19 9AW (with cheque) or at his concerts or via eBay with PayPal (just search on his name and the CD will come up). Priced at £11.50 inc P&P.

The tracks are:

1. At the Odeon
2. Leicester Square Looks Round (March)
3. Forgotten Dreams
4. Rickshaw Ride
5. Tunes from '42nd Street'
6. Mary Poppins Film Music Selection
7. The land of might have been (from 'Gosford Park')
8. Waltzing in Song selection
9. Sweet Sue (from 'Some Like it Hot')
10. Transatlantic Lullaby
11. Grain of Rice
12. Sixties Swing selection
13. Ain't Misbehavin'
14. Sidewalk Serenade
15. The Genius of George Gershwin selection
16. You Raise Me Up!
17. George Formby Memories
18. At the Odeon

 
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Organist Don Thompson died on January 5th 2018.
After leaving university Don got a job at the Trocadero Ballroom in Derby before moving to Brussels as organist for the their World Fair from April to October 1958.

Don was born in Kendal, Cumbria in 1934 and his interest began, like so many, in the Tower Ballroom Blackpool listening to Reginald Dixon. He was appointed assistant organist at Kentmere Church in the Lake District when he was sixteen and soon after moved to the large Stricklandgate Methodist Church in Kendal.

 
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Upon his return to the UK he found work playing in nightclubs and ballrooms in the north. After a year spent in Beirut Don moved to the USA in 1968 and became an established Pizza Parlour organist at a variety of establishments, playing five nights a week for around 20 years.
Don returned to the UK several times and played concerts at (amongst others) Leicester Square Odeon, Regal Henley-on-Thames and finally, at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.