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One of the most listened to Artistes on Soundclick of New York, USA

I am an ex Professional Pianist and Keyboardist - Electronic Organist. Born in Stockport, United Kingdom, a "baby boomer" generation child. I was a very busy Musician between ages 14 to 30 and then gave up music almost altogether to pursue another business with my wife. We then lived in Wilmslow UK for 30 years prior to moving into the North Staffordshire Countryside. In 2006 I started the long road back to playing again, although mostly online. It's a fact in late 2019 as I update this site, there is very little work now for live musicians, whereas I did everything from a Children's Ballet School, to working for a big UK Holiday (vacation) Company as a Lounge Pianist, to playing Hammond Organ in the once famous Manchester Clubs, to being a Bandleader doing prestige Functions throughout the North West of England, plus brief work for TV in UK. I was never out of work, quite the contrary, and had various write-ups (Reviews) even in The Stage and TV Today, London.

I'm just so lucky in this Internet World to be able to carry on making music, and to have so many visitors to this Site from around the World!  SOUNDCLICK has been my online destination of choice since 2006. Sincerely Yours, - Tony, United Kingdom. If our paths have crossed across the decades of life it's always great to hear from people.

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Heaton Norris Photo Album by pianoman.one

CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO ENTER MY PHOTOS OF HEATON NORRIS, STOCKPORT AND STOCKPORT TOWN CENTRE, ENGLAND. I do not have an Album pertaining to my 30 years in Wilmslow, Cheshire, as I never liked it personally, but it was a good place to bring up a family.

Joan Bates Dancing School Stockport

Above: Backstage at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester in 1969 with ballet girls taking part in a Joan Bates Children's Ballet. Joan Bates Dancing School, Stockport (then called The Melbourne School of Dancing) was a large School presenting Ballets, Pantomimes etc., and had been established since before WW2.

1978 Pontins Prestatyn Sands Prestatyn

Above: In The Snowdonia Bar Lounge at Pontins Prestatyn Sands in 1978. You'll find a 1979 recording on my Soundclick list from this venue on Gulbransen Organ. Pontins was in it's heyday then employing 1000's or Musicians and Artistes as well as "Bluecoats" (a rather run down delapidated site at Prestatyn, and a rather sad company in 2019/20.)

Above: The Alan Anthony Set Function Band at The Belgrade Hotel, Stockport, New Year's Eve 1980-81. Left to right: The Late Alan Yates on Guitar / The Late Eddie Hosey on Bass Guitar / out of sight Ronnie Arnold (unknown) on Drums; and Tony squeezing the life out of a piano accordion!  A very successful Band working out of the Alan Arnison Agency Old Trafford and Bramhall, Stockport.

Manchester Club Organist

Above: The year is around 1991 and Tony performs at a Manchester City Centre Club for dancing and playing for Cabaret Artistes usually on Hammond Organ - although this is not a Hammond. The changes in Society, changes in smoking regulations, home entertainment, cheap supermarket alcoholic drinks, plus of course older generations passing on brought about the decline of what was once a wonderful Manchester Working Men's Club scene.

Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, Piano

Above: It's the 21st CENTURY!! and Tony plays at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire on the Bechstein Piano.


I am by instinct a live performing musician. I don't "sequence" music and faced with a computer full of software I'd prefer to go a ride on one of my bicycles! By far the most rewarding instrument of course is the Piano. In my case a Yamaha Digital as pictured above, that unlike pianos of years gone by does not need tuning, does not make clattering and banging sounds whilst recording music, and is completely artistically fulfilling. I have various Keyboards - some have fantastic sounds and built in patterns to work around, I enjoy these but the Piano is still first and foremost to me.

In a way I was an accidental musician. My parents started me off at age 7 with lessons and I had a great tutor in a lady by the name of Jessie Davies in a place called Heaton Norris in Stockport UK. I also played Piano at school in Heaton Chapel - St Annes RC on Glenfield Road. But at age 14 I was required to play piano for a relative's Stage Dancing School by the name of The Melbourne School of Dancing / Joan Bates Dancing School, Stockport. I was faced with music I'd never heard of like "A Whistling Kettle and a Dancing Cat" !! and "Ain't She Sweet" and suchlike for Tap Dancers. I also played various Classics for Ballet, and a piece I remember the most was for a Ballet Championship held in Liverpool at the old (what was) The Crane Theatre. This very same piece called "Rhondda Rhapsody" by Mai Jones you'll find in my playlist above. Being thrust into the limelight as accompanist for very large children's shows in the old King's Hall Belle Vue Manchester certainly gave me a taste of the business ~ and the photos above give a small history of places worked and types of work. I did quit Music at age 31 to start another Entertainment Related Business with my wife. Do I still play Live? Not at present. If any enjoyable work came my way I'd consider it, but there is no financial necessity whatsoever. When I was in my 20s Pianists, Drummers, Tenor Sax players especially were in HUGE demand for an endless diary of gigs for private functions and in clubs etc. All a long time ago!

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