Belper concert for international organ star Phil

Phil Brown
Phil Brown

The next Belper and District Organ And Keyboard Club concert takes place at The Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper, on Saturday, April 19.

The concert will start at 7.30pm when the guest is international organ star Phil Brown.

Phil started playing the organ at the age of 11. Whilst standing outside a local organ shop waiting for his father, he was intrigued by the sounds coming through the open shop door. He ventured inside and invested the now meagre amount of 50p in his first organ lesson, and from this beginning has flourished a fruitful career.

Highlights of Phil’s career have been appearing at the age of 17 with Des O’Connor, playing on the same bill as his idol Klaus Wunderlich, backing such artists as Norman Collier, playing as supporting act every year with the late Joe Loss and his Orchestra, also Syd Lawrence and his Orchestra at the Derby Assembly Rooms, where he has been the resident organist since 1982 playing for both social and tea dances. With his most recent highlights of his career he can call himself truly international. He has performed as far afield as America, Spain, Channel Islands, where he has also been on the airwaves playing on Radio Guernsey.

Broadcasting is definitely not a new venture for Phil as he has been regularly featured on BBC Radio 2’s programme, The Organist Entertains.

Admission for members is £5 (non members £7) inc refreshments.