Charnwood Music For All

If you are a lover of Organ Music, then this is definitely the place to be. Every month, at 7.30pm, on the second Wednesday, there’s a treat in store at The Charnwood Arms, at Bardon, just off the A511. You may be surprised to learn that some of the UK’s top organists perform there.
In September our very own Chris Powell was the Organist. Unfortunately, I was unable to be there. However, regular attendees at Bardon have reported that Chris’s performance was, as usual, of a very high standard and, along with his usual good humour and collection of stories, the audience were stylishly, entertained and had lots to sing along to.
October’s guest was Robert Wolfe, probably one of the country’s best-known theatre organists. Introduced as ‘our very own Mr Wurlitzer from East Anglia’, Robert entertained us magnificently for over two hours. He has been resident organist at Thursford, in Norfolk, for 34 years. Only a few days previously he (or rather his red socked flying feet) had featured in a TV programme telling the history of the famous Thursford Collection. After many hours of him playing the organ during the filming, when the programme was shown, it featured just two or three bars of ‘Mack the Knife – much to Robert’s amusement!
Robert Wolfe was on yet another whistle-stop tour of England, calling at many venues as far apart as Pembroke and Glasgow, in just one week. He explained that his wonderful ‘Lowrey Royale’ two-tier keyboard had been moved in damp conditions a number of times, including on that evening, and that the sound-bar was ‘complaining’’, by occasionally making an odd drumming noise. Nevertheless, we enjoyed some unusual compositions and compilations, including a topical selection of Autumn music. Lots of the tunes reflected Robert’s three years as organist at Blackpool Tower. These included war-time songs, songs from the shows, romantic melodies and dance music. Particularly memorable were ‘I had a dream’ and ‘Bring him home’ from ‘Les Miserables’.
Finally, Robert offered a lovely selection of his own CDs (good Christmas presents) and reminded us that he is playing in Derbyshire at the ‘Pipes in the Peak’ concert very soon. You may wish to know that that is an annual celebration, usually held in October.
Those readers who play their own organ, or simply like to listen to organ music, brilliantly played in a wide-variety of styles, in a relaxing environment, will be entertained and impressed by the talented musicians who perform at these concerts. Our Christmas concert, on December 17th will feature Brett Wales .The cost is £6 and a bar is available (as are reasonably priced meals, prior to the concert, at the adjacent Charnwood Arms Hotel).
For further information please contact Chris Powell on 01530 274270.
Sylvia Cole