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Nigel Ogden presents music and news from the organ and keyboard world, with favourites from stage and screen.

Phone 0870 0100 200 [national rates] for a list of organ clubs.

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Nigel Ogden presents music and news from the organ and keyboard world, with favourites from stage and screen.

Phone 0870 0100 200 [national rates] for a list of organ clubs.

Nigel Ogden with the best in classics and standards from the organ world including Walton's Crown Imperial played by Thomas Trotter, Montmartre from Haydn Wood's Paris Suite and vintage theatre organ sounds from Sidney Torch.

European harmony is the theme with performances from organs in Holland, Germany, France and Iceland. Featured organists include Kevin Morgan, Cor Steyn and Gerhard Gregor in works by Fritz Kreisler, Tchaikovsky and Fats Waller.

The sound of organs performing in conjunction with a diverse range of musical forces including orchestra, piano, trumpet and big band. Featured performers include South African organist Ockie Vermeulen, trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen and cornettist Bobby Hackett.

A mix of classics and standards performed by Bryan Rodwell, William Davies and Richard Hills. Including Ray Noble's Cherokee, Blue Room and Mountain Greenery by Richard Rodgers as well as themes from Franz Lehar's score for The Merry Widow and Toccatina For Flutes composed by one-time Vatican organist Pietro Yon.

Hammond organ favourites from Jerry Allen, Jimmy Smith and Howard Beaumont. Featured titles include I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, Chicago Serenade and Hammer-Tied.

Nigel Ogden with the best in classics and standards from the organ world. Including Great Day, Among My Souvenirs and Speak Low performed by Keith Beckingham in Ossett Town Hall. Plus a tribute to classical organist John Scott who died in August 2015 who is heard in the exciting Toccata from Leon Boellmann's Suite Gothique. Plus new releases from New Zealand organist Kemp English and a stunning performance of Jupiter from Holst's The Planets played by Simon Johnson at St Paul's Cathedral.

A look back at the recordings of celebrated American Theatre organist George Wright. Plus some of today's stars of the US organ scene including Nathan Avakian, Charlie Balogh and Jonas Nordwall.

Stateside theatre organ favourites from John Seng, George Wright and Lyn Larsen performing classic standards including Just One Of Those Things, Stranger In Paradise, Japanese Sandman, Kitten On The Keys and Alley Cat.

Theatre organ favourites from Jonas Nordwall and Sidney Torch, Hammond sounds from Buddy Cole plus classical organ and piano duo, Jonathan and Tom Scott.

Theatre organ favourites including Another Op'nin', Another Show, As Time Goes By, The Haunted Ballroom and The Carioca performed by Simon Gledhill, Gerald Shaw and Walt Strony. Featured instruments include the newly restored Wurlitzer at the Royalty Cinema in Bowness-on-Windermere, the Compton of the Leicester Square Odeon and Blackpool Tower's famous Wurlitzer.

A selection of well known standards including Hooray For Hollywood, Some Enchanted Evening, St Louis Blues and Fly Me To The Moon as played by Phil Kelsall, Nicholas Martin and Adam Evans.

Theatre organ favourites plus some musical collaborations with piano and jazz ensemble from Tony Fenelon, John Seng, Simon Gledhill and The New Foxtrot Serenaders.

Nigel Ogden with the sound of digital organs played by Lyn Larsen and Michael Wooldridge.

Nigel Ogden presents the second part of Richard Hills and Robert Wolfe in concert on the recently restored Wurlitzer at the Troxy Cinema in Stepney. This instrument was originally brought to the UK from the USA in 1930, where it took up residence in the Trocadero Super Cinema at the Elephant and Castle. During the 1970s, the instrument was installed in London's South Bank University, close to its original home where it remained until 2004. Tonight's set includes I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Tiger Rag and themes from High Society.

Nigel Ogden presents a programme of popular organ music as requested by listeners. We hear music by Richard Rodgers from Phil Kelsall at the Worthing Assembly Hall Wurlitzer, American Hammond organ virtuoso Ethel Smith's great and very famous arrangement of Tico Tico, Jean Martyn on Allen digital theatre organ and a fabulous Cornet and Wurlitzer theatre organ duet played by Bobby Hackett and John Seng.

A celebration of the Wurlitzer that started its musical life at the Elephant and Castle Trocadero in 1930, and which will shortly be making its comeback at Stepney's Troxy Cinema after a complete restoration. Featuring recordings from throughout the organ's 85 year existence including Quentin McLean performing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture in January 1932 right through to a recent Richard Hills performance given at the organ's most recent home, London's South Bank University.

Favourites for theatre organ including It Don't Mean A Thing, You Made Me Love You, Polka Dots and Moonbeams and Montague Ewing's descriptive composition, The Policeman's Holiday performed by leading organists including Charlie Balogh, Bryan Rodwell and Kevin Morgan.

Nostalgia is the theme with a selection of vintage recordings from the 1920's and 30's featuring Harold Ramsay, Dudley Beavan and Terance Casey on a variety of instruments including the Wurlitzers of the Granada Clapham, the Union Cinema in Kingston-Upon-Thames, the Compton of the Astoria in Charing Cross Road and the BBC's original theatre organ as heard in London's St. George's Hall played by Reginald Foort. Plus a wartime medley from Ena Baga at the console of Blackpool Tower Ballroom's Wurlitzer.

Featuring the sounds of some of the UK's most celebrated Compton Theatre Organs including those of Hull City Hall, Southampton Guildhall and London's Leicester Square Odeon and St. Bride's Church in Fleet Street. The list of featured organists includes Richard Hills, Dudley Savage and Gerald Shaw in a selection of light classics and standards including Tara's Theme, Have You Met Miss Jones?, Frederic Curzon's Cachuca and Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

Classics for organ performed by Jonathan and Tom Scott, Lyn Larsen and Richard Hills in works including Mozart's Overture to The Marriage Of Figaro, Debussy's Prelude To The Afternoon of a Faun, the Aquarium from Saint-Saens' Carnival Of The Animals and Karl Jenkins' Palladio from his Diamond Suite.

Organs heard in combination with a variety of instruments including harp, percussion and orchestra. Featured organists include Quentin MacLean, Eddie Ruhier and Charlie Balogh.

Hammond organ favourites from the past 50 years played by Jimmy Smith, Peter Holt, Robin Richmond, Buddy Cole and Milt Herth.

Organ classics including Handel's Music For The Royal Fireworks, the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and George Shearing's setting of Amazing Grace played by Tom Hazelton, Christopher Herrick and the Scott brothers, Jonathan and Tom.

Well-loved classics performed on theatre organ. These include The Grand March from Verdi's Aida, Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary, Wagner's Ride Of The Valkyries and Percy Fletcher's Festival Toccata.

from Rochester Cathedral, Hull City Hall and Washington National Cathedral.

Theatre organ favourites from Howard Beaumont, Keith Beckingham and Jeff Barker in a selection of standards including Don't Blame Me, It Had To Be You, I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling and Johnny One Note.

Nigel Ogden presents theatre organ sounds from Simon Gledhill, George Wright and Lyn Larsen performing seasonal standards including Spring Fever, On The Sunny Side Of The Street and a vintage recording of A Cuckoo In The Nest as performed by Sidney Torch at the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch in 1933.

Nigel Ogden presents the first part of a concert held in August to mark the re-opening of the former Trocadero Elephant and Castle Wurlitzer in its new home in London's East End at the recently restored 'Art Deco' Troxy Cinema in Stepney. This instrument was originally brought to the UK from the USA in 1930, where it took up residence in the Trocadero Super Cinema at Elephant and Castle. During the 1970s, the instrument was installed in London's South Bank University, close to its original home, where it remained until 2004. It was moved to the Troxy in 2010 and so a 5-year long restoration by the Cinema Organ Society project began. The culmination of all this work is realised in this special performance featuring the talents of 2 of today's finest organists, Richard Hills and Robert Wolfe.

Nigel Ogden presents a programme of popular organ recordings with some entertaining pieces from the organ world.

A look back at the recordings of long serving Tower Ballroom Blackpool organist Reginald Dixon. Reg, who died 30 years ago this week in May 1985, was one of the theatre organ world's biggest names from the 1930's until his retirement from the Tower in 1970. As well as the Tower Ballroom's world famous Wurlitzer Reg is also heard in recordings on other organs including the Compton at Abbey Road Studios and a wartime recording from the Wurlitzer at the Granada Cinema in Slough.

Nigel Ogden presents organ sounds from John Mann, Phil kelsall and Jim Riggs performing a mixture of songs from the shows, light classics and original compositions for organ. These include a Gershwin rarity in the form of In The Mandarin's Orchid Garden, Chopin's Minute Waltz and Percy Whitlock's March For The Phoebe.

A selection of well known standards as played on Theatre Organ and Hammond including The Continental, Long Ago and Far Away and Hello Dolly performed by Howard Beaumont, Keith Beckingham and John Giacchi.

Theatre organ favourites including Joseph Seal's Lady Chatterbox, Vladimir Rebikov's Danse des Clochettes and Harry Warren's Nagasaki performed by John Mann, Adrian Self and Robert Wolfe.

Nigel Ogden presents theatre organ sounds from Jelani Eddington, Bryan Rodwell and Dick Hyman performing a selection of well known standards by Richard Rodgers (Johnny One Note), Fats Waller (Honeysuckle Rose) and Jimmy McHugh (Exactly Like You).

New releases from Jonathan Scott at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Kevin Bowyer at the console of Glasgow Cathedral's Willis Organ and Kerry Beaumont at Coventry Cathedral plus vintage sounds from Fats Waller recorded in Trinity Church, Camden, New Jersey in 1928.

Theatre organ favourites from Phil Kelsall and Reginald Dixon plus vintage Hammond sounds from Buddy Cole and classics from Richard Lea at the console of the Walker Organ in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

A programme of well known light classics including Percy Grainger's Handel In The Strand, William Lloyd-Webber's Festal March and Leroy Anderson's Typewriter, expertly handled by Thomas Trotter on the 1834 Hill Organ at the Town Hall Birmingham.

Nigel Ogden presents a Hammond special featuring the playing of Jimmy Smith, Jackie Davis, Harry Stoneham, Jerry Allen and Eddie Ruhier.

Nigel Ogden presents music and news from the organ and keyboard world, with favourites from stage and screen.