Wonderful Wurlitzer delights in Worthing

David Gray
David Gray

The Sussex Theatre Organ Trust is delighted to present the young and talented organist David Gray to play the Worthing Wurlitzer Organ for the first time this Sunday, February 23.

The Worthing Wurlitzer Trust spokesman Simon Field said: “He looks to be the next big theatre organist after Simon Gledhill and Richard Hills. Theatre organists of this calibre seem only to emerge once every ten years or so. It promises to be a memorable concert as David Gray has long wanted to get his hands onto the Worthing Wurlitzer!

“David is only 23 but has been playing the theatre organ for ten years. Word of his skills has already spread beyond these shores as last summer he was invited to play for the American Theatre Organ Society annual convention in Alabama.

“David is in his first year on the postgraduate MA course at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He also undertook his bachelor’s degree at the Academy for which he received first-class honours and has received full scholarships for both of these degrees.

“In his final year of undergraduate in 2013 he received the highest grade in the piano department at the Royal Academy of Music, earning him the Leslie England Memorial Prize and the Walter Macfarren Gold Medal.”

All that may sound a bit dry and academic, but David relaxes by playing the theatre pipe organ and says he will play his celebrated organ transcription of A Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky together with a good mix of standards and less often played tunes, and will no doubt use the Steinway Grand Piano for some piano solos.

“Do come along for what promises to be a memorable concert this Sunday, February 23 starting at 2.30pm at The Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing. Box office: 01903 206206.”