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An in-depth look at a BBC Radio 2 programme and its presenters that was broadcast for
49 years
with comments from listeners


The Organist Entertains was a long-running music programme broadcast on BBC Radio 2 presented by Nigel Ogden (left). The 30 minute programme focused on the organ in its many guises, and played recordings and live broadcasts of theatre organs, pipe organs and electronic organs around the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. 

The programme ran as a weekly feature on Radio 2 from 11 June 1969  and was presented by Robin Richmond (right) until Nigel Ogden took over in 1980.   In his absence, the programme was sometimes guest presented by Blackpool Tower organist Phil Kelsall (below).

The introductory music was "From This Moment On" by Cole Porter, played by Nigel Ogden.

On 10th January 2018, the BBC announced that the programme was to be discontinued after being on air for almost 50 years and the final programme was broadcast on 8 May 2018.





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Produced by Cled Griffin - Producer of British Keyboard Music Festival 1980-2010, as a tribute to presenters of THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS, the BBC Producers and all the players who played on the programme.


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