Strictly ballroom organist plays at The Curzon, Clevedon
By Carol_Deacon | Monday, February 18, 2013, 14:20
The Curzon Cinema's next organ concerts is on Sunday afternoon, March 3.
Phil Kelsall from Blackpool to Clevedon
The 2.30pm performance features by Phil Kelsall MBE.
Mr Kelsall is one of the country's best-known organists, having completed 36 years at Blackpool Tower's Ballroom – home to what must be the most famous and most played Wurlitzer in the world.
The link between the Tower Ballroom and the BBC has always been a strong one, more recently through the hit series Strictly Come Dancing.
Mr Kelsall has also acted as a guest presenter for Radio 2 The Organist Entertains.
Numerous credits have also included Radio 4's long running The Archers and Radio 2's flagship music programme, Friday Night iIs Music Night.
Mr Kelsall's first recording, Thank You For The Music, was released by EMI in 1978.
He now has more than 40 albums to his credit with three of his recordings having won Music Retailers Association's awards.
In the summer of 2001 a compilation double album of some of Mr Kelsall's light classical recordings were released on the Universal Classics label and in its first week entered the Classical Albums Chart as the highest new entry of the week at number six.
His album was to remain in the Classic Top 20 for an amazing 12 consecutive weeks, an unprecedented achievement for a theatre organ album.
Mr Kelsall's contribution to the world of organ music have led to several honours; he has held the title of 'Organ World Personality of the Year' and he was elected patron of the Theatre Organ Club on four occasions.
In 1987 he was voted president of the Theatre Organ Club, and is only the second person to hold this office in the club's long history and in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List he was awarded an MBE for services to music.
Mr Kelsall will be playing the Curzon's restored 1930s cinema pipe organ.
Tickets cost £8 with £7 for concessions can be booked online by clicking HERE or through the box office on 01275 871000.
The Curzon Community Cinema was first opened as The Picture House in April 1912.
Now a Grade II listed building, it has been owned since 1996 by a registered charity, the Curzon Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts, formed to buy the building and run it as a community cinema.