At Coronation Hall, Spa Road, Woodhall Spa starting at 7.30 p.m.
“Music for Woodhall”
President Nicholas Martin B.E.M.
OUR ARTIST FOR DEC 1ST, 2023
Chris Powell has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s premier ‘entertainment
organists’ as well as a truly international ambassador in the field of electronic
and theatre organ music. Born in Manchester in 1971, he emigrated to New Zealand
with his parents when just 2 years old. Returning to England at the age of 5, his
education and formative years while growing up in Lancashire saw him pursue his love
of music with piano and organ studies culminating in a string of engagements for
both local concerts and dances from the age of 14 onwards. By the time he was 18,
he had successfully auditioned to join the team of organists playing for dancing
at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool and began to be recognised for his musical talents
leading to a succession of invitations to perform at electronic and pipe organ venues.
Following his experience at Blackpool, Chris widened his talents to include work
as a demonstrator for several manufacturers including Farfisa, Orla and more recently
Roland with whom he is now associated on a freelance basis and as such tours with
their state of the art AT-900C Atelier instrument.
1994 saw as invitation to return to New Zealand for a month long concert tour on
pipes and electronics which lead to an exciting invitation to spend all of 1996 as
a Resident Organist at the ‘Baycourt Theatre’ in Tauranga. This was a unique and
exciting experience; he undertook all manner of concerts, functions and dances while
playing the Theatre’s 10 rank Wurlitzer as well as accompanying the Operetta – ‘The
Merry Widow’ on this much loved vintage instrument to capacity crowds.
Since then, he has gone on to become one of the most popular performers in the UK
and intersperses his regular annual diary of engagements in Britain with frequent
overseas concert tours with have included Holland, Australia and the US as well as
NZ in recent years. Chris was also interviewed and filmed in action for a documentary
on cinema nostalgia which screened in NZ in 2002. 2021 sees his 17th tour of NZ and
10th of Australia. December 28th saw him marry fellow artiste Joanne Naulls and
the couple are now well settled in the Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough. Both were
recently invited to become trustees at the London Musical Museum in Brentford which
is home to the ex Regal, Kingston Wurlitzer and involved in an exciting programme
of presentations and concerts. The pair are also highly involved in the promotion
of keyboard events with Joanne secretary and Chris Chairman on the Gainsborough organ
and keyboard club along with the running of concerts in Scunthorpe and assisting
the Lincoln Electronic Organ Society where Chris has been President since 2002. Joanne
and Chris were recently appointed Trustees of the Music Museum at Kew Bridge/Brentford
in London to assist with the promotion of electronic organ and keyboard music alongside
the superb ex Regal, Kingston Wurlitzer.
He has a catalogue of acclaimed CD and DVD recordings to his credit on both pipes
and electronics. He has also produced a huge array of software - with registrations
available for Roland Atelier, Korg and also Yamaha.