Hello again to all friends and members of Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club. I hope you are all well and have avoided any Covid symptoms or even any other ailments! The news on our concerts is that unfortunately we have cancelled our July concert. I have been keeping in touch with our venue and they are trying to prepare to open for the 4th July, they are currently re-arranging chairs and tables etc and doing all the preliminary work for opening. I think that I cannot be absolutely sure they will be ready for us and at the moment I don't know how many people will be allowed in our concert room. There is also a possibility that I will not be able to be there because I may be isolating following a minor operation so the committee team will be short staffed. It would appear that we may be able to carry on with the August concert with Michael Wooldridge and I would be interested to know how many people might attend that concert. Could you please reply to this email or via the Felixstowe Organ Club Website with a simple YES I will probably come or NO I don't think I will come - it may be that some people will think it is great to get back while others may think it is too early and perhaps not safe. If I can get some idea of possible numbers it may help with the re-arrangement of the hall and seating. Thank you for your assistance, stay safe and I hope to see you all soon.
This is a reminder that the April concert has been cancelled and we have now cancelled the May concert with David Ingley. I will cancel other concerts only when necessary and if the venue is closed. Our entertainers rely on our concerts for their living and we must try to operate our concerts if at all possible. Please try to keep up to date by visiting our website for information. Please contact your friends and advise them of the cancellations, I only have a few email addresses.
The following text is from the recent edition of Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade and kindly provided by Michael Wooldridge. If you miss our concerts you may enjoy some of the programmes he has listed below.
WHERE TO HEAR 'OUR KIND OF MUSIC' ONLINE
First of all, some that offer weekly programmes, strangely mainly of theatre organ music, past and present, so as well as the new programmes each week, you can often enjoy hundreds of hours from earlier editions:
Monday - Pandemic Prescription Podcast - An extra programme each week from The Organist Encores team until the end of the lock-down - www.organistencores.com
Wednesday - Scottish Cinema Organ Trust present their 'S.C.O.T Soirées' - A series of specially recorded broadcasts concerts by top name players - www.scotwurlitzer.com/soiree
Thursday - The Organist Encores Podcast - A regular weekly programme from the talented team of Damon Cox, Nigel Ogden & John Leeming, who present favourite recordings and sometimes specially recorded broadcasts - www.organistencores.com
Then there are all of these sites to try:
Community Keyboards - One of the best and longest established programmes, presented by Ian Wolstenholme and including electronic and theatre organ music and celebrity interviews - www.communitykeyboards.com
American Theatre Organ Society Radio - The finest theatre organ recordings from all around the world, 24 hours a day - https://atosradio.org/atosradio/landings.html
Hot Pipes Podcast & Broadcast - Regular weekly programmes and back catalogue from Steve Ashley - www.hotpipes.eu
Organ1st Radio - A monthly hour long podcast of recordings old and new, presented by the organ world's mine of information, Alan Ashton. Also from here you can follow links to Alan's 'Gramrphone' YouTube channel, which has dozens of entertaining and informative organ related videos - www.organradio.com
A few more YouTube Channels well worth checking out are:
OrganMusicYT - A channel on which you will find dozens, maybe hundreds, of theatre organ videos
Compton Lodge Studios - Over a thousand videos to watch!
Mike Bracchi - Mike used to own an organ shop through some of the most exciting days of the organ trade. Now retired, he is a veritable wealth of information about electronic organs throughout the ages and his YouTube page has around 300 videos featuring brilliant electronic organ music, with videos themed around certain instruments or players, and other videos that are complete albums or compilations from the world's very finest electronic organ players through the ages. There are some very exciting and inspirational recordings amongst them.
Of course, many musicians have clips (plus other interesting information) on their own websites, which you'll usually be able to find by entering their names in to your search engine. Mine are at http://www.michaelwooldridge.co.uk/samples.htm