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KLAUS WUNDERLICH (ORGAN CELEBRITIES VIDEO 23) HAS PASSED THE 100 THOUSAND HIT MARK SINCE BEING UPLOADED TO YOU-TUBE IN 2010. HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET?
106,996 views HITS AS OF 25th JANUARY. 2020
It doesn't seem possible that its been 20 years since KLAUS WUNDERLICH passed away. His music remains as popular as ever with new recordings in in the past two years on the NOT NOW MUSIC label. Why not check them out. At the same time there is a Web Page devoted to many aspects of his life. Head on over to:
You will be able to enjoy special photos / unique record sleeves and private videos that are not available elsewhere. In July 2015 a new video was added showing all his 14 Gold Awards. This is the first time anywhere in the world that this collection has ever been seen.
See Pedal Percussion & Pipes in menu for the latest addition to the broadcast series presented during the 70s - 80s by (former)
BBC RADIO MANCHESTER PRESENTER ALAN ASHTON
REGINALD DIXON - REMEMBERED
When this recording was made, at the time of his 80th Birthday, it could not have been known that it would be the very last full length radio interview he would give. This is the first time the interview its been heard since the initial broadcast, and it has been enhanced with rare recordings, photos and Birthday greetings from celebrity organists of that time. This is MR BLACKPOOL in his own words & music. Visit You tube and type in PEDAL, PERCUSSION & PIPES VOL 7 or use this link https://youtu.be/I-Lta1us3WM
REGINALD DIXON - SERVICES CALLING
The latest video in the series features some of the rarest and never commercially released recordings made by Regianld Dixon at the Abbey Road Studios, Compton organ during WW2. These recordings were only issued to RAF Stations during the War years and present this famous organist playing an organ he is on record as saying he never liked, and one that he never made any commercial recordings on. Take a nostalgic trip back in time as Reg and a group of other RAF musicians and vocalists present two programmes of music. This video can be found at PEDAL, PERCUSSION & PIPES - SERVICES CALLING VOL 8 or via this link https://youtu.be/JPVBDHgx4LU
DOWN YOUR WAY
How many of you remember this famous BBC Radio programme?
Back in the 50s the programme visited the Midlands Town of Wellingborough and included the first ever interview with a cinema projectionist. This short but fascinating audio recording has been brought up to date with a selection of appropriate photographs taken in the Lyric Cinema. It includes a recording of organist Sidney Torch at the Regal, Edmonton.
LYRIC WELLINGBOROUGH COMPTON ORGAN.
This short video recreates, with the aid of a superb scale model of the original Compton, the sight and sound of the lovely organ that once was part of daily entertainment at the cinema.
Nearly 30 years ago a private demonstration of a very famous organ, resulted in the demonstrator being offered the position of organist for what has become a ‘must go’ attraction in the City of Liverpool. The series of Classic Film Night presentations at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall feature the City’s own DAVE NICHOLAS playing the Rushworth & Dreaper organ at every performance. Many years earlier Dave was employed in the Music Department of the iconic Rushworth & Dreaper Music Store, and even before that was employed at various Holiday Camps owned by the famous Billy Butlin. For someone who was born and lived opposite the Plaza Cinema in Birkenhead, his interest in the world of cinema organs was the catalyst that saw him being tutored by two of Liverpool’s famous cinema organ world names, Ian Hamilton & Frank Gordon. The musical history behind DAVE NICHOLAS, the diminutive fun loving character, is told in the latest You-Tube video in the Pedal, Percussion & Pipes series: the music being taken from a live concert recording he gave during the 70s at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester on the WurliTzer (then) the BBC theatre organ. This video contains the only known full length example of the famous Walturdaw rising screen: a giant 7 ton example of cinematograph history which is the only one of its kind in the world still in full working order. An added musical bonus are a series of personal photographs, presented with the sounds of the Rushworth & Dreaper organ.
Back in the 80s I presented a series of live concerts at the BBC Playhouse in Manchester featuring artists playing the BBC WurliTzer theatre organ, and also on electronic of their own choice. One of the first was Keith Beckingham and the full concert can now be heard, together with photos and additional information on the new website.
When this famous organist passed away, also in January 2016, I decided to upload the two complete halves of a concert at the same venue, as a tribute to his amazing skill and artistry at the theatre pipe organ and electronic organ...often both at the same time as you will hear in this live concert from the early 80s.
Another visit to the famous BBC Playhouse in Manchester to enjoy the former BBC Theatre Organ No 3 in the hands of Boltons own Happy Wanderer RONALD CURTIS. This is a live concert recorded during the 80s for the long running BBC Radio Manchester series PEDAL, PERCUSSION & PIPES.
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