At St. Peter’s Hall, The Broadway, Woodhall Spa starting at 7.30 p.m.
“Music for Woodhall”
President Nicholas Martin B.E.M.
OUR ARTIST FOR MARCH
Steve was born in Birmingham, West Midlands and showed an avid interest in music
from a very early age. His first instrument, a Bontempi chord organ from Woolworths
was bought for him at the age of 4 and within a short space of time he was entertaining
pupils and teachers in school assemblies.
By the age of 16 Steve had his first electronic organ, an Eminent (because of those
fabulous String sounds) and just 2 years later he entered and won the 1983 Midlands
Organist of the Year Contest. This launched him onto his professional career as a
concert organist and keyboard player.
Steve extensively toured throughout the UK playing for Organ Societies, Keyboard
Clubs and Festivals. He was particularly noted for his musical arrangements and
orchestral style of playing. He also appeared many times on radio including Radio
2 "The Organist Entertains" and Radio WM "Keyboard Magic".
Steve found himself in constant pursuit of top quality sounds and began experimenting
with combinations of keyboards and expanders, resulting in a touring set up comprising
Kurzweil, Roland, and Yamaha sound modules, midi linked to keyboards and pedals;
a set-up that he became noted for wherever he played. Many players today use multi
keyboard setups, but Steve was one of the very first to do so.
In 1992 Steve was offered the opportunity to set up his own music shop which he did,
quickly followed by a music school teaching organ, keyboard and piano alongside theory,
guitar, singing etc. This proved to be a big success, but it was also very time
consuming, so reluctantly Steve had to retire from the concert circuit. He never
did stop playing though as he organised concerts, demonstrations and student shows
in local halls and theatres, with a long term view that he would one day return to
the circuit. That day arrived and Steve returned to the professional concert circuit
in 2012. He now has a brand new instrument set up based around the fabulous Yamaha
Steve is particularly pleased to have played live on TV on Celebrity Big Brother's
“Bit on the Side”. As we all know it is very rare to find organs and keyboards featured
on TV, so it was a great opportunity which Steve enjoyed very much.
This is Steve’s first visit to Woodhall Spa and we can promise you a great evening
of musical entertainment, so why not come along . We always give a very warm welcome
to our visitors - you will not be disappointed. Admission for visitors is £8.00.
Further information is available from Philip Groves, on 01526 353225 . The concert
will take place on Tuesday 17th March, 2020 and starts at 7.30 pm in St. Peter’s
Hall, The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6ST. Further information is available from
Philip Groves, on 01526 353225.