Keyboard club stalwart has a Lytham showcase

Stephen Austin - organist

Stephen Austin - organist

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Stephen Austin from the Blackpool Keyboard Club is making a return visit to St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham on Friday, January 27 at 7.30pm

His programme will feature a mix of music in theatre organ style on the Church’s unique dual voiced Copeman Hart Digital Organ.

He became fascinated by the sound of the organ at an early age and a week after leaving school he was appointed assistant to the musical director of Hammond Organ. Two years later he was offered a position within the Boosey & Hawkes Group to be demonstrator and “in-house” teacher at the famous Cavendish Organ Centre in London’s West End.

In 1974, he came to Blackpool to open a retail electronic organ and music shop in partnership with John Nunns.

Stephen is now one of the most experienced (and busiest) teachers of organ, piano, theory and electronic keyboard around though he is still pleased to be invited to play concerts each year for organ societies and theatre organ groups.

Last July he took part in a concert at the restored Wurlitzer Theatre Organ in Blackpool Opera House – an event which he hopes will be repeated this year.

Already lined up for 2013 is a concert by Stephen and John for the Cinema Organ Society at the famous Wurlitzer in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire Village, near Bradford.

As usual, St Cuthbert’s specially installed video system should allow the audience to appreciate the organist’s mastery of keys, stops and pedals.

Tickets are £7 and can be obtained on the door. A multi concert discount scheme is in operation – attend six concerts and see a seventh one free.

For more information contact (01253) 738070 or email ibell@uwclub.net