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Our Artiste for Feb. 13th. is Mark Thompson.

Mark , a Newcastle Lad has been playing the Electronic Organ from the age of seven. He joined the Technics Academy at the age of nine, where he worked his way through grades and entered local competitions, reaching area finals in 1999. He began playing concerts at the age of fifteen, and now travels up and down the UK, and abroad, playing the Yamaha EL900 for organ societies, festivals and private functions.

In 2002 Mark played in, and won, the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and has performed on many of the country's top theatre organs since. In 2012 he was the Musical Director for the Gala Theatre in Durham for their performance of “Sleeping Beauty”, with a total of 60 performancesto play and conduct.

One of the highlights of his career was in 2010 when he spent in israel, playing and singing with the band “Skidoo 23” At present Mark keeps busy playing Concerts and backing vocals in a band called “Wall Street”, working as a rehearsal pianist for five operatic societies, and playing as part of a duowith a singer.

In his spare time (whenever that is) Mark also enjoys playing the church organ and has played for Messiah, The Creation and many other works with varios choirs.

We can look forward to an excellent evening of music played by the very talented Mark Thompson.

Email: suttoninashfieldorgansociety@gmail.com