This time of the year always reminds Nigel Ogden of childhood visits to the panto and the circus particularly to Belle Vue in Manchester a place no doubt remembered by many people in the north of England for it's very famous funfair and zoo. Well of course, in those days, the star performers always included plenty of animals as well as human beings and it's very much back to those early days of the circus as far as much of our music is concerned this evening. To get things underway, the show starts with a piece of music which is very much associated with the big top, the march Entry Of The Gladiators. The there's the Baby Elephant Walk, Tiger Rag and from the world of panto how about the Comedians Galop and Snow White. All heard played by some of the best players on the world's top organs.
Nigel Ogden presents a programme of popular organ recordings with some entertaining pieces from the organ world.
Nigel Ogden has music from the best new CDs by Carol Williams, Gordon Stewart and Andrew Wilson. Featuring some superb classical instruments including the 3 manual Harrison and Harrison at the Caird Hall Dundee, the recently restored gem in St Martin's Church Dudelange Luxembourg and the latest in the series of Great European Organs volume number 78 featuring British-born Andrew Canning playing the Italian-built Ruffati organ of Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden. The music played includes Fats Waller, Percy Grainger and Saint-Saens.
Versatility is the theme in a programme of musical contrasts from some of today's leading organists including Jelani Eddington and Richard Hills with music ranging from the classical sounds of Herbert Brewer's Marche Heroique to Duke Ellington's It Don't Mean a Thing.
|Around The Country|
|Around The World|
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Concert classics including Frederick Curzon's March of the Bowmen, Ernest Tomlinson's Little Serenade and Abe Holzmann's march Blaze Away performed by Nicholas Martin, Jelani Eddington and Reginald Foort.
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Nigel presents a programme of favourites from the theatre and cinema organ world including Simon Gledhill at the Ex-South Bank Wurlitzer with Put On A Happy Face, Michael Wooldridge at the New Victoria Centre Wurlitzer with Bad Bad Leroy Brown and the combination of Bobby Hacket on cornet, Glenn Osser on piano and John Seng at the Wurlitzer theatre organ with Lazy Afternoon.
Hammond organ favourites from the past 50 years performed by Barbara Dennerlein, Joey de Francesco, Lucky Peterson and the originator of The Organist Entertains, Robin Richmond.
Featuring that most distinctive of organ sounds, the Uber cool Hammond Organ. Including classic performances by Harry Stoneham, Ethel Smith and Jackie Davis and modern sounds from Eddie Ruhier.
Nigel presents a programme packed with glorious Hammond sounds from Jimmy McGriff, Dieter Reith, Ethel Smith and Derek Austin.
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A collection of recordings featuring the organ heard in combination with other instruments. These include a classic track from American organist John Seng performing with cornettist Bobby Hackett. And, from the archives, a rarity from the hugely popular 1930's and 40's British ensemble known as The Organ, The Dance Band and Me which was led by Billy Thorburn.
The sound of organs combined with just about everything from Jack Hylton's famous dance band of the 1930's to the synthesisers of today. Featuring performances from Simon Gledhill, Brian Sharp and Charlie Balogh.
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|Pipes meets Piano||20140724|
The combination of pipe organ and piano heard in works ranging from classics including Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 to standards including Hoagy Carmichael's Skylark. The featured performers include Robinson Cleaver and Patricia Rossborough recorded at Abbey Road studios as well as brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott heard in performance at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
|The Organist Entertains|
|Tom And Jonathan Scott|
|Victoria Hall, Saltaire / Godfrey Nield, Robert Rowley And Jelani Eddington Interviews|
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All of the organ sounds on tonight's programme have something in common. None have been produced by wind being blown through pipes! Instead, we hear some of the finest self- contained digital instruments of today plus state-of-the-art virtual theatre organ sounds which are being created via computer programmes working in conjunction with keyboards and pedals.