2018

Our season opened with a very special and memorable concert when the Blackpool Tower principal organist Phil Kelsall MBE came to play.  He attracted our largest audience for some years, and judging by the standing ovation he received at the end, they obviously enjoyed it.

Here you see two MBE's together - it's not often you see that at Woking!

 

Phil's show bought a little bit of Blackpool south for a couple of hours.

 

He was rewarded with a standing ovation from our largest audience for several years.  Here we see Phil at the Woking console.

 

On a very cold and snowy March Saturday, our audience, which had bravely fought the "Beast From The East II" cold blast to experience the show, were warmly entertained by Andy Quin.

 

As is usual with Andy's shows, they are full of variety because, as well as the Wurlitzer, he also played our Hammond organ and electric piano, and was joined for a couple of tunes by David Andrews on bugle. During the interval, David attracted much attention from our audience, and even managed to give a short lesson to one of our younger audience members on how to play the instrument.

 

In April we welcomed some of our young theatre organists to Woking, with some vocal accompaniment. The show was put together by Michael Wooldridge, who is our YTOY organiser and teaches many of the participants at Rye College.

Here they all are at the Woking Wurlitzer, L to R: Robert Eldridge (2017 YTOY Winner and vocalist on the day), Jayden Vicarey (the other vocalist), Jamyma Hanson (with the YTOY Christie Cup she was awarded in 2017), Freya Vicarey and 2017 YTOY Senior winner Aaron Hawthorne.

 

To add some variety to the show, Robert Eldridge and Jayden Vicarey provided some beautiful vocal accompanyment, with Michael Wooldridge on the Wurlitzer.