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Club member Mark Sayer gives us a brief overview of his own musical     background and experiences past and present. He plays the Wersi Verona with a little  something extra.  Check out his website and you will see what I mean.

 

Mark’s website is packed with some real interesting stuff!! Do take a look.    He has also now released a new CD that has a very interesting and varied selection of music.

 

 

Marks Own Story

 

I have been playing keyboards since I was 16 - no, I didn't start when I was 3 and give my first concert at 5!!

 

As a kid I learnt the Violin, which gave me a good musical background and taught me to read music and understand some music theory.

 

When I was 16 I was assistant choirmaster at a local church and was lucky enough to get access to the church organ for practice. So I basically taught myself to play the organ, in much the same way that you teach yourself to ride a bike - fall off a few times and gradually get your balance!

 

 

At  the 4/18 Wurlitzer at   Boston college Wellesley  Massachsetts October 2000           

At this time I stumbled on a Radio2 programme called "The Organist Entertains", presented at that time by Robin Richmond.   I was amazed at the sound of the Theatre Organ, and so began a life-long love of tremulating Tibias and shimmering Strings. I did Meet Robin on one occasion at the Kingston Granada, where I had been invited to sit in on a recording session - a fascinating experience.

 

When I was around 19 I was lucky enough to own a Conn Theatrette,  which came pretty close to reproducing the sounds of a theatre organ.

Over the following years I was busy earning a living like everyone else, so time and money for buying and playing organs became

scarce.

 
 

However, over the past 10 years or so I have been lucky enough to own Yamaha, Roland and Wersi organs, and have also played theatre organs both  here and in the USA.

 

At this time I stumbled on a Radio2 programme called "The Organist Entertains", presented at that time by Robin Richmond. I was amazed at the sound of the Theatre Organ, and so began a life-long love of tremulating Tibias and shimmering Strings. I did Meet Robin on one occasion at the Kingston Granada, where I had been invited to sit in on a recording session - a fascinating experience.

 

I enjoy playing many different types of music, from Classical to Jazz, Big Band to Ballads.

 

 “If you visit my website www.marksayermusic.com you can hear demos of me playing a variety of music, and also listen to the demos of my new CD which is now out – remember, I am basically self-taught, so, if I can do it....?!

 

I also keep the site up to date with progress on the Midi Organ project, which although fully functional is not yet finished.”

 

Mark