Episode 175 – Spotlight On Richard Hills

On this week’s show Damon chats to international organist Richard Hills. Richard has bought countless hours of beautiful and fun music to the theatre organ scene and has been lucky to travel to world playing for fans. Recently back from the USA and from playing the World Premier of ‘Seaside Concerto’ he is certainly a busy man!

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Theatreland- COS 1998

Blue Moon – COS 2000

March Heroique – Silver Screen 2012

Can I Forget You? – ATOS 2010

Tiger rag – DTOSCD 2002

Episode 174 – Recent Affairs

This weeks show is a round up of recent news.This includes the celebration of St Patrick’s Day, The 100th Birthday of Vera Lynn and the sad attacks on Westminster in London.

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Gerald Shaw – Irish Washerwoman – Concert Recording 1968

Stanley Wylie – Medley Of Irish Ballads – COS 1995

Joseph Seal – Back To Old Ireland – Private Recording c1950’s

Vic Hammett – How Are Things In Glocca Morra? – Concert Recording 1966

Nicholas Martin – The White Cliffs Of Dover – Turners 1987

John Mann – Anniversary Waltz – BFCD 2006

Dudley Savage – Auf Widerseh’n – DST Unknown Date

Keith Beckingham – We’ll Meet Again – OKROLLEM 2015

Chris Elliot – Westminster – Unknown Label 1998

Episode 173 – More from the Shed

John Leeming is back at the microphone this week to delight us with more from his archive…and garden shed! With music from around the world and from past and present, be sure to tune in. Artists include Harold Ramsay, Tom Hazleton, Simon Gledhill and many more!

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Armsbee Bancroft – Cheek to Cheek – Private recording c1976

Bryan Rodwell – I Hear Music – Concert Recording 1967

Jim Roseveare – Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year – Premier Recordings 1997

Harold Ramsay – Two Cigarettes in the Dark – Parlophone 78 c1934

Joe Marsh – Time on My Hands – Pipetone 1982

Tom Hazleton – Don’t Be That Way – COS 1988

Simon Gledhill – September in the Rain – Private recording c1995

Unknown organist – Happy Days are Here Again – Private recording pre-1960

Episode 172 – Salt’s Sweet Music with Nicholas Martin

On this weeks show we feature star organist Nicholas Martin with a programme of music played on the wonderful Wurlitzer in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. The show includes, marches, ballads, music for dancing and a section of hits form the 1960’s.

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Happy Days Are Here Again

Vienna Forever/Circus Renz

You Raise Me Up

Dancing At Saltaire: You Belong To Me/All Of Me/Goodnight Vienna/???/It Don’t Mean A Thing/Caravan

1960’s Selection: Side Saddle/Here, There and Everywhere/Help/A Hard Days Night/Yesterday/China Tea/Roulette/Enjoy Yourself

Hey Look Me Over

All tracks played by Nicholas Martin on the 3/11 Wurlitzer in The Victoria Hall Saltaire. Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2N. Organ tuned and maintained David Lowe and members of the COS northern district. Thanks to Richard Stephenson for giving permission for this to be broadcast.

Episode 168 – Simply Sounds Like Simon

On this week’s show we visit the Leisure Centre in Woking for a console work out by International star Simon Gledhill. The sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer work well in the hall and what you hear on the show is taken from a live performance last year.  Apart from the wonderful music Simon also talks to Len Rawle who with his team look after the Wurlitzer.

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Cheek To Cheek/Top Hat

Lush Life

Caribbean Dance

‘The Desert Song’ Selection

There Will Never Be Another You

All tracks played by Simon Gledhill. Recorded and mixed by John Leeming. A big thank you to Simon for letting us record! Also thanks to the American Theatre Organ Society’s  London and South of England Chapter for keeping the organ in tip top condition and to Woking Leisure centre from permitting the recording

Episode 164 – A Paramount Performance by Iain McGlinchey

This weeks show we feature the sounds of the the Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ. So who better to demonstrate the sounds of the various samples than Iain McGlinchey who helped found Paramount Organ Works. Iain’s dedication to sampling organs is second to none and on top of that, this half hour also proves his talent  as a fine organist. Click here to visit the Paramount Organ Works Website!

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Happy Days Are Here Again (Paramount 341)

London Calling (Paramount 320)

Little Girl Blue (Paramount 332)

If I Had A Girl Like You (Paramount 320)

Winter Sunset (Paramount 341)

Toytown Trumpeters (Paramount 450)

Por Una Cabeza (Paramount 450)

Festival In Valencia (Paramount 341)

All tacks played and recorded by Iain McGlinchey. A big thank you to Iain and all the team at paramount organ works for not only giving us this sample, but for doing excellent work for the VTPO area.

Episode 159 – Mark the Red Nosed Organist

This week’s show comes to you from St Albans Organ Museum, as Mark Laflin presents and plays programme of seasonal music on both the Wurlitzer and the unique Rutt. Marks programme is sure to please all with lively tune such as Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and slower ballads such as It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

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Music played

Happy Days Are Here Again (W)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (W)

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (W)

Winter Wonderland (R)

Sleigh Ride (W)

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (W)

Santa Claus Medley: I Saw Mommy Kissin Santa Claus/Santa Claus Is Commin To Town/A Root’n Toot’n Santa Claus (W)

The Christmas Waltz (R)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (W)

Happy Days Are Here Again (R)

(W)= Wurlitzer, (R)= Rutt

All tacks played by Mark Laflin. Recorded by Damon on a Zoom H2N. A big thank you to Mark for letting us record! Also thanks to Ken Slow and Barry Earl and all those involved at St Albans for keeping the organ in tip top condition.

Episode 157 – A Burton for Nick

On this week’s show Nicholas Martin takes us dancing on the 3 manual 8 rank Wurlitzer which is installed in the Town Hall at Burton-On-Trent. This fine sounding Wurlitzer was put through its paces by Nick who is no stranger to playing for dancing. So take your partners for the Ballroom Waltz, Saunter Together, Ballroom Rhumba and many more!

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Ballroom Waltz: Tenderly/Eternally

Cha Cha Cha: Wheels

Saunter Together: You Belong To Me/Don’t Balme Me/All Of Me/Misty

Mambo Magic: Mambo Italiano/Frenesi/Enjoy Yourself

Ballroom Quickstep: The Best Things In Life Are Free/You Are My Lucky Star/Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me/The Original Dixie Land One Step

Ballroom Rhumba: All I Ask Of You/I Dreamed A Dream

Last Waltz: The Last Waltz/Let The Rest Of The World Go By/Now Is The Hour

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

All tacks played by Nicholas Martin. Recorded by Damon on a Zoom H2N. A big thank you to Nick for letting us record! Also thanks to Michael Thompson and all those involved with the Burton Wurlitzer for keeping the organ in tip top condition.

Episode 155 – Portslade: The Final Curtain

On this weeks show we say farewell to the mighty Portslade Compton/Christie. John Mann has the honours of playing the last concert on the organ in its current home and although it was sad that the organ would not sing out again in the hall, a new home has been found up the road at Ditchling on a farm no less! David Houlgate and his team deserve a massive hand for installing and maintaining this organ which has been playing in the hall for the last 28 years!

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Happy Days Are Here Again

60’s Selection: Happy Heart/Save Your Kisses For Me/Downtown/There’s A Kind Of Hush/I Only Wanna Be With You

Ivor Novello Selection: Lorelei/We’ll Gather Lilacs/Keep The Home Fires Burning/Take Your Girl/Love Is My Reason/Leap Year Waltz/Some Day My Heart Will Awake/Rose Of England

In A Monastery Garden

Singing In The Rain Selection: You Are My Lucky Star/All I Do is Dream Of You/Should I?/Would You?/Good Morning/Temptation/Fascinating Rhythm/I Cant Give You Anything But Love/You Were Meant For Me/Singing In The Rain

Sussex By The Sea

All tacks played by John Mann. Recorded by Damon on a Zoom H2N. A big thank you to John for letting us record! Also thanks to David Houlgate for keeping the organ in tip top condition.

Episode 143 – Paul Kirner and his Mighty Christie

On this weeks show we features the latest theatre organ instillation in the UK – The mighty Christie organ in Paul Kirners Music Palace, Ynyshir, Rhonda. This famous Christie organ was originally installed in the Regal Edmonton and was really made famous by Sidney Torch. This show features tracks with Paul kindly recorded especially for the show and is not what was heard on the opening concerts.

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Signature Tune – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes*

Just Another Polka

Anytime

So Whats New?

You Brought A New kind Of Love To Me

Tijuana Taxi

Please

Out Of Nowhere

‘Far Away Lands’ Selection: The Sheik Of Araby/Caravan/Slow Boat To China/The Snake Charmer/Japanese Sandman/Limehouse Blues/Chinatown, My Chinatown*

Signature Tune – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes*

This weeks show was recorded and produced by Paul Kirner. Organ maintained by Ben Snowdown and Anthony Meads. *= Recorded at a live preview performance on Saturday 13th August.