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02 October 2014September Top Ten

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11 September 2014News extra from Richard Moore

Richard Moore writes more
I did not realise I would be writing so soon.
Silent Movie Night  WILL NOT BE ON NOVEMBER 8TH as it clashes with RYE BONFIRE a fine traditional event in the town that we have no chance in competing with or even attempting to.
We have a Rye Wurlitzer Aacdemy Team Meeting next week and will discuss another date.
For now remember our special Student Concert Evening on Tuesday 21st October when all our students are now busy practising their new assignments for this event and look forward to performing for you.
Best Wishes, Richard Moore

10 September 2014Richard Moore writes

Richard Moore writes from Rye
An interesting summer and still progressing in a very positive way. As mentioned in an earlier message the Friends of Rye Wurlitzer Committee voted in favour of separating itself from the Rye Wurlitzer Academy.
An application has been completed and is currrently being processed for the following status:-
The Rye Wurlitzer Academy - Registered Charity - CIO. Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
A new bank account has been set up with Barclays and details are at the end of this message for those who wish to Sponsor a Student or amend their current details for RWA for a possible future donation. Which ever it is it will be most welcome.
Thanks goes to Glen Twamley (Treasurer) and Andrew Swarbrick (Secretary) for agreeing to be co-trustees, Tim Wardley in assisting in settin the new organisation up. Michael Wooldridge for his guidance where needed and, last but not least our technical expert David Wattenbach in maintaining the wonderful Wurlitzer.
We also have our wonderful parental team who will be meeting shortly and more news will come from this meeting which I will report on to other  parents, students and supporters where required.
I must not forget to mention our four students who took part in the UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year at Fentham Hall at the end of July, a magnificent afternoon with Thomas Pickering taking the winner's position and Jamyma Hanson runner up.
Both students now have the opportunity in performing in Ipswich, Woking, West Surrey and Bristol in the year ahead, and no doubt there will be other opportunties coming thier way. 
This is wonderful recognition for the Rye Wurlitzer Academy and the ethos it has maintained since day one (despite some rocky financial times) of offering free tuition and practise instrument to all students.
So, onto the new college year.
Dates for our autumn events were previously advertised which due to various reasons that have ocurred since our last message we would now like to change.
This will now take place on Tuesday 21st October with 11 of our students taking part plus their wonderful teacher Michael Wooldridge. 7pm for 7.30 start. Tickets £5 which includes our customary fine cakes. Tea/Coffee and Soft drinks will also be on sale. There will of course be our usual raffle that helps in boosting funds. Your support for this special evening is very much appreicated.
Although we wanted to support the local Wild Boar Week it did in fact clash with the college being closed for half term which makes things more challenging in the general run up to things and of course people being away. So, our movie night will now be on Saturday 8th November when we proudly present Michael Wooldridge at the Wurlitzer perfroming the classic Buster Keaton epic THE GENERAL. Tickets will include popcorn, tea/coffee and cake served in the interval. Our previous movie nights have been very well supported and we hope that this evening will be the same. Our fund raising events are invaluable to the success of the project.
This date remains unchanged, Friday 5th December, when we present our traditional evening of Christmas Songs and Carols with the help of the Wurlitzer, Singers and this year Handbell ringers from St.Andrews Church in Catsfield along with a little Christmas fun and merriment thrown in for good measure. The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets will include mince pies and tea/coffee served in the interval.
By now you may be getting a little sleepy as this message has gone on longer than first planned, but important none the less.
Thank you for your past support which I very much hope continues into the future we have some exciting things planned subject to support and our revised application to the Heritage Lottery Fund once charity status is formally up and running.
No doubt I shall be writing to you again.
Very Best Wishes......Richard Moore
Rye Wurlitzer Academy
Barclays Bank PLC
Name and address of Treasurer
Glen Twamley
Romany, Shepherds Way
Hastings,TN35 4BD
Bank sort code 20-27-94
Bank account number 83498891

03 September 2014Heritage Open Weekend

A copy and paste report from Clevedon

I'm writing from The Curzon Community Cinema in Clevedon to let you know of our Heritage Open Weekend event. We would be grateful if you could make this information available far and wide to all those who might like to hear our historic pipe organ in action.

Heritage Open Weekend
The Curzon Community Cinema presents

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

Sunday 14th Sept, 2pm £8

accompanied by 
Richard Lennox  www.richardlennoxmusic.com

The historic Christie Pipe Organ with its its range of special effects for silent films will provide period accompaniment to the newly restored 1920s masterpiece, currently released at independent cinemas across the country. This chilling tale is perfectly suited to the Curzon's atmospheric art deco auditorium.
'continuing to cast its unbreakable spell - thrilling, chilling, electrifying'

Mark Kermode

Opportunities to explore the heritage cinema, accessing areas usually closed to the public, will be possible from 12-2pm on Sunday 14th Sept.

Booking for tours, essential.

Box office: 01275 871000

03 September 2014Musical Break with Brian Sharp

Brian Sharp Musical Breaks are once again holding an event at the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel, Habberley Road, Kidderminster, DY12 1LA, which runs from Tuesday 30th September until Thursday 2nd October 2014.
The three day event presented by the legendary Brian Sharp, former resident organist at La Reserve, Sutton Coldfield and many other Midland venues during the late seventies and eighties, also features concerts of popular music performed by top organ and keyboard players Howard Beaumont, Tony Stace, and David Ingley plus an evening of comedy with Andy Oakley. 
Whilst the event is basically a residential festival with attendees from all over the country, local day visitors will also be very welcome as there is ample capacity and excellent parking facilities at the hotel.
Day tickets cost £5 for each day and are available, along with further details from George Ingley on 01384 274500, or 0773 269 1840 during the event.
The hotel is set in over 20 acres, located just one mile from the picturesque riverside village of Bewdley, in the heart of rural Worcestershire. The whole area is surrounded by spectacular countryside with the Cotswolds, Malvern, and Clent Hills all within an hours drive. The West Midlands Safari Park and Bewdley Station on the Severn Valley Steam Railway are also located within a mile of the hotel.
For visitors planning to spend the whole day with us, the hotel does a good selection of bar snacks, and at additional cost, arrangements can be made for visitors to join the residents for the evening meal.
For further details please contact George Ingley by telephone on 01384 274500 (mobile 0773 269 1840 during the event) or via email at

01 September 2014Top Ten Albums

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