It is a pleasure to welcome two first rate musicians to play at the New Victoria Centre this month:
ROBERT BALFOUR-ROWLEY may not be a name known to many, for the simple reason that he is usually too busy working on organs to take concert bookings for playing them! Robert did play at Howden several years ago at a ‘Youth at the Console’ concert, but then went on to pursue a career in organ building, working with the world famous Durham firm of Harrison & Harrison before starting his own company with his wife, Abi, who is also a professional organ builder. Rob certainly knows his way around theatre organs and has worked on the Cinema Organ Society’s big 4 manual Wurlitzer in the Troxy cinema in Stepney, east London as well as having done some excellent tonal regulation work on the NETOA Wurlitzer in the New Victoria Centre and you will find that he has a playing style which is refreshingly different and always entertaining.
Making a return journey from Glasgow to play for us is AARON HAWTHORNE, having previously played at our ‘Young Organists Showcase’ on two occasions. Since his last visit, Aaron has been over to the USA, where he took part in the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Organist of the Year competition in 2019 and won First Prize – no mean feat, but those of you who have heard Aaron play before will understand why!