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2015 Theatre Organ Highlights20160107

A look back at some organ world highlights from 2015 including performances from the Troxy Cinema in Stepney featuring Richard Hills and Robert Wolfe and a 4 organ spectacular from Chester Cathedral.

Around The Marble Arch20160607

Around The Marble Arch20160607

Remembering the sound of the Regal, later Odeon Christie organ that was heard in one of London's most famous cinemas at Marble Arch from its installation in 1928 until the building was demolished in 1964. Featuring some of the organ's best known recordings featuring George Blackmore, Reginald Foort, Quentin McLean and Gerald Shaw.

Around The Marble Arch20160607

Remembering the sound of the Regal, later Odeon Christie organ that was heard in one of London's most famous cinemas at Marble Arch from its installation in 1928 until the building was demolished in 1964. Featuring some of the organ's best known recordings featuring George Blackmore, Reginald Foort, Quentin McLean and Gerald Shaw.

Bond Street20160419

Nigel Ogden presents a selection of new releases featuring Ben Saunders and Eddie Ruhier plus a newly discovered collection of 'lost' recordings from electronic organ legend Klaus Wunderlich.

Bond Street20160419

Buona Sera20160407

New releases from Eddie Ruhier and Howard Beaumont on contrasting Hammond organs and Ashley Grote at the console of the Hill, Norman and Beard 'king of instruments' in Norwich Cathedral - plus archive sounds from Robinson Cleaver recorded at the Compton of the Regal Cinema in Bexleyheath dating from 1941.

Buona Sera20160407

Carousel Waltz20160331

Theatre and electronic organ favourites including April In Portugal, The Carousel Waltz and The Trolley Song from Jerry Allen, Buddy Cole and Gerald Shaw. Plus classical sounds from Simon Lindley at the console of the organ of Leeds Town Hall who performs the finale of Leon Boellman's Suite Gothique.

Carousel Waltz20160331

Classical Kaleidescope20160225

Organ classics from York Minster, Sheffield City Hall and Southampton Guildhall performed by Richard Hills, John Scott-Whiteley and Dr. Francis Jackson. Including Samuel Wesley's Gavotte, the March in D by Thomas Hanforth and archive sounds from Charles-Marie Widor recorded in the 1930's at Saint-Sulpice in Paris performing his own famous Toccata.

Comedian's Galop20160531

Theatre organ favourites from the United States and this country featuring Trio Con Brio, George Wright and Lyn Larsen in America plus David Shepherd in at the console of the Wurlitzer at its former home, the Rex Cinema in London's East End and the same instrument as played by Mark Latimer in its new home at the Royalty Cinema, Bowness-on-Windermere.

Compton Sounds20151203

The sounds of Compton organs including the Compton Augmentum that lives in Eccles Congregational Church. Nigel Ogden pays a visit to Eccles both to play as well as find out more about this rarity of the organ world. Plus the sounds of the Comptons resident in Derby Cathedral and Southampton's Guildhall as played by Peter Gould and Richard Hills.

Crown Imperial20160524

Organs in a variety of grand settings including Hull City Hall, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and Trono Church in Sweden featuring Graham Barber, David Poulter and Carlo Curley.

Crown Imperial20160524

Crown Imperial20160524

Organs in a variety of grand settings including Hull City Hall, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and Trono Church in Sweden featuring Graham Barber, David Poulter and Carlo Curley.

Crown Imperial20160524

Curtain Up20160121

Curtain Up20160121

Theatre organ favourites including Perfidia, The Charleston, Lover and The Wedding Of The Painted Doll performed by Phil Kelsall, Len Rawle and Nicholas Martin.

Curtain Up20160121

Theatre organ favourites including Perfidia, The Charleston, Lover and The Wedding Of The Painted Doll performed by Phil Kelsall, Len Rawle and Nicholas Martin.

Deed I Do20160303

Theatre organ and Hammond favourites including recordings by George Wright, Lyn Larsen, Howard Beaumont and Harry Stoneham. Featured titles include The Jersey Bounce, 'Deed I Do and Slaughter On 10th Avenue.

Evening Primrose20160628

Evening Primrose20160628

Light music classics for organ played by Richard Hills, Gordon Stewart and Simon Gledhill. Including Eric Coates' Knightsbridge March, Joseph Seal's Lady Chatterbox and Billy Mayerl's Evening Primrose.

Evening Primrose20160628

Light music classics for organ played by Richard Hills, Gordon Stewart and Simon Gledhill. Including Eric Coates' Knightsbridge March, Joseph Seal's Lady Chatterbox and Billy Mayerl's Evening Primrose.

From This Moment On20160204

From This Moment On20160204

A diverse selection of classical, digital and theatre organs ranging from the subtle sounds produced by the bamboo pipes of the 200 year old instrument in St Joseph's Church in Manila to the power of the Willis Organ in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, plus a vintage performance of Bach's Toccata in D Minor recorded on the Compton Organ at Broadcasting House in 1933 by George Thalben-Ball.

From This Moment On20160204

A diverse selection of classical, digital and theatre organs ranging from the subtle sounds produced by the bamboo pipes of the 200 year old instrument in St Joseph's Church in Manila to the power of the Willis Organ in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, plus a vintage performance of Bach's Toccata in D Minor recorded on the Compton Organ at Broadcasting House in 1933 by George Thalben-Ball.

Give Me The Simple Life20160218

Theatre organ favourites including a tribute to organist Brian Sharp who died on 20 January. Brian, who was a regular performer on Radio 2's Charlie Chester show and Pebble Mill At One in the 1970's and 80's is heard in recordings featuring the Wurlitzers of Dormston House in Sedgley and the BBC's Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, as well as on Hammond organ.

Handel in the Strand20160621

Handel in the Strand20160621

Some of the organ world's hidden gems including the rarely heard Watford Colosseum Compton and the Walker organ of Bolton Town Hall played by Donald MacKenzie and Graham Barber. Plus the Wurlitzers of the Granada Tooting and Neuadd Pentre in Tywyn.

Handel in the Strand20160621

Some of the organ world's hidden gems including the rarely heard Watford Colosseum Compton and the Walker organ of Bolton Town Hall played by Donald MacKenzie and Graham Barber. Plus the Wurlitzers of the Granada Tooting and Neuadd Pentre in Tywyn.

High Flight20160324

Theatre organ favourites from Simon Gledhill, Michael Wooldridge and Dudley Savage plus some nostalgia from Stanley Tudor at the console of the Manchester Gaumont Wurlitzer. Featured titles include It Might As Well Be Spring, La Mer Easter Parade and The Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana.

It's Nice To Go Travelling20151210

Frank Sinatra classics as played by the world's finest theatre organists including Hector Oliveira, Robin Richmond, Ron Rhode and Jelani Eddington in a selection of great standards that include It's Nice To Go Travelling, New York New York, Fools Rush In and My Way.

It's The Talk Of The Town20160114

Theatre, classical and electronic organ favourites old and new from Howard Beaumont, Eddie Ruhier. Jackie Davis and Jonathan Scott.

Jazzman Swing20151126

Sounds from Scotland including the concert organs of Glasgow Cathedral and Edinburgh's Usher Hall and the Wurlitzer formerly resident in Clydebank Town Hall played by Kevin Morgan and Michael Wooldridge - plus a look back in the archives to a 1950's broadcast by Charles Smitton from Birmingham's Gaumont Cinema.

Jonathan And Tom Scott20160317

Featuring the music of organ and piano duo The Scott Brothers, Jonathan and Tom, who join Nigel Ogden in the studio to discuss their work and the release of their latest CD recorded at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent. Jonathan and Tom perform in instrumental combinations which cover the entire keyboard spectrum including piano duet, piano and organ as well as harmonium and piano.

Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom both studied at Chetham's School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music. As well as their duo activities Jonathan's recent solo credits include providing the the piano music for the MIRAMAX film Brideshead Revisited and Melvyn Bragg's The Reel History of Britain whilst Tom combines his performing work with a successful career as an animator which includes a number of recent commissions from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for videos that regularly feature in their concerts.

Moonlight Serenade20160614

Organs plus is the theme for a variety of collaborations with percussion, big band and electronics featuring music by Grieg, Leroy Anderson and Glenn Miller and performed by Jelani Eddington, Rob Richards and Buddy Cole.

Nice N' Easy20160705

Nice N' Easy20160705
Nice N' Easy20160705

Wurlitzer sounds from instruments in Howden-le-Wear, Stockport and Blackpool performed by organists including Simon Gledhill, Phil Kelsall and Jelani Eddington. Including works by George Gershwin, Noel Gay and Lew Spence.

Orient Express20160128

Orient Express20160128

Theatre favourites old and new including Elton John's Belfast and Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag played by Donna Parker and Martin Ellis as well as vintage sounds from Sidney Torch recorded at the console of the Christie Organ in Edmonton's Regal Cinema in 1935.

Orient Express20160128

Theatre favourites old and new including Elton John's Belfast and Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag played by Donna Parker and Martin Ellis as well as vintage sounds from Sidney Torch recorded at the console of the Christie Organ in Edmonton's Regal Cinema in 1935.

Over My Shoulder20151119

Theatre organ favourites old and new from George Wright, Robin Richmond and Jelani Eddington including There's No Business Like Showbusiness, Over My Shoulder and Karl Lataan's 19th Century mach, Light Of Foot performed by Nicholas Martin.

Pavilioned in Splendour20160412

Nigel Ogden visits the newly restored Compton Organ at Barnsley's Astoria Theatre Organ Heritage Centre to talk to the mastermind behind the restoration project, Kevin Grunill. Featuring music from the organ's recent grand opening concert including a selection of George Formby classics, Jerry's Herman's The Best Of Times and Bert Kaempfert's Las Vegas.

Pavilioned in Splendour20160412

Strike Up The Band20160211

Theatre organ favourites including George Gershwin's Strike Up The Band and Morning from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite plus a new recording of Richard Adinsell's Warsaw Concerto featuring Jonathan and Tom Scott on organ and piano at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Thunder and Lightning20160426

Nigel Ogden celebrates the sound of some of the UK's finest Christie organs including those of the Brighton Dome, Walthamstow Granada Cinema and the former Clacton-on Sea Essoldo instrument now resident at the Castle Hill United Reformed Church in Ipswich. The featured organists include Douglas Reeve, Len Rawle and Simon Gledhill.

Thunder and Lightning20160426

We Need A Little Christmas20151217

Festive favourites for theatre organ including Jingle Bells, Santa Baby, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Let It Snow performed by Chris Elliott, Phil Kelsall, Robert Wolfe and Jonas Nordwall.

Wedgewood Blue20160517

Light music classics arranged for organ including Rossini's Italian Girl In Algiers overture, Pascual Marquina's Spanish Gypsy Dance and Albert Ketelby's Wedgewood Blue performed by Robert Wolfe, Phil Kelsall and Kevin Morgan.

Wedgewood Blue20160517

Wedgewood Blue20160517

Light music classics arranged for organ including Rossini's Italian Girl In Algiers overture, Pascual Marquina's Spanish Gypsy Dance and Albert Ketelby's Wedgewood Blue performed by Robert Wolfe, Phil Kelsall and Kevin Morgan.

Wedgewood Blue20160517