Mon 1 January 0001 - Mon 18 March 2019 , 1.05-1.55pm
Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19
Nigel Ogden - organ (The Organist Entertains)
Walford Davies - RAF March Past
Offenbach - Tales of...
Trad - Two Topical Tunes!
Rota - The Glass Mountain
An English Classic... Henry VIII...or not?
Ogden - Remembering the Ritz, Majestic, Odeon and others
Nigel Ogden is an English theatre organist, known for presenting and performing on the BBC Radio 2 programme The Organist Entertains from 1980 to 2018.
Nigel was born in Manchester. His father was a church organist, and also a lover of the theatre organ. At an early age, Nigel was taken to hear the great Reginald Dixon playing the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer organ, and was instantly hooked.
He first broadcast in 1971, and on 3rd March 1980, when still only in his mid twenties, took over from Robin Richmond as the presenter of the BBC Radio 2 programme The Organist Entertains.
Nigel is equally at home on church organs and electronics, particularly Hammonds, and has just issued a CD playing one of these instruments. Cathedrals organs too have received the very special Ogden treatment, with a most enjoyable recording made recently at the magnificent organ in Lincoln Cathedral.
However, the theatre organ is Nigel Ogden’s first love, and he has recorded many CDs at the organ that first sparked his imagination – the Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer.
The theatre organ lends itself to music of the 1930s, and Nigel has wonderfully expressed this era in his composition Art Deco Three-piece Suite. Other works include several in Stainer & Bell’s light organ music series. Among these are Afternoon tea with the Duchess, written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the installation of the five-manual Compton organ at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square and the fun piece Scherzo for the White Rabbit.
In a more serious vein, Nigel has written several stirring marches, including England’s Glory, New Era composed to inaugurate a series of lunchtime concerts at Manchester Town Hall, and Our Squadron Leader.
His talents, both as a composer and performer, appear to have no end, and he has also penned a delightful Christmas carol Born for us on Christmas Day, premiered and recorded by the Altrincham Choral Society.
View the Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19 brochure.
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