Pianist Ex Stockport UK ~ Ex Joan Bates Dancing School Stockport ~ Ex Pontins Holidays Resident Pianist ~ Ex Manchester UK Social Club Organist ~ Ex Manchester Function Band leader ~ Ex Wedding Pianist Cheshire ~ Ex Manchester Hotel Pianist ~ Composer of Music ~ i-Tunes, Napster, Soundclick. Old School Pianist playing many Genres on Yamaha Digital Piano and Yamaha Keyboards.
LAST UPDATE: January 1st 2019 (share buttons added)
It's a long, long time ago since I first stepped out into The King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester UK to play piano for the Annual British Railway Carnival Children's Ballet presented by the Joan Bates Dancing School, Stockport. The month was September and the year was 1964, I was a schoolboy then, and was absolutely terrified!
My Professional career as a Musician saw me leading a great Function Band, alongside my friend, Guitarist Alan Yates of Altrincham, around the 5 Star Hotels of Manchester and North West England. I've also been a Holiday (vacation) Centre Pianist for what was a very large Company back in the day. I've been a Club Hammond Organist playing at venues long since closed in Manchester, - a Wedding Pianist in Cheshire and Manchester, - a solo Lounge Pianist in 5 Star Hotels, ~ a Broadcasting Pianist on UK TV and US Satellite Channels.
I've written Songs that other Artistes have performed, and featured for a number of years on i-Tunes, Amazon and suchlike.
I do really dedicate this Site to live performers everywhere ~ especially Musicians, Dancers and Singers, who practice their skills diligently in this world of mediocracy, pretence and fraudulent so-called "talent" we so often see on our TV screens. I dedicate my efforts to those who are infinitely more accomplished than I, as well as those who aspire to reach my standard of performance.
No regrets, - Music is a blessed gift that will enrich the lives of children and those learning to play. It will give a precious gift to those who succeed in doing so.
Thank You to all the visitors who come to my site . . . I have DOWNLOADS of some of my Original Pieces on Soundclick at $0.75 cents US
CONTACT: email@example.com (not my everyday mail address so please allow a few days.)
Below: Here I play "The House of The Rising Sun" - just as I did at St. Annes RC School, Heaton Chapel, Stockport all those years ago!
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Jan. 4, 2019: SOUNDCLICK: Formed in 1998 by the Canli brothers, New York USA. Highly responsive support for all, and genuinely "nice people", Soundclick has been "the" enduring MP3 Site for Indy Musicians. Charts on all Genres, Member Page, Free Band Page with the option to upgrade at $9.95 a month to an excellent VIP Service offering superb standard templates or unlimited CSS. VIP Members can also feature a YouTube video on their page. Slightly limited (these days) in social aspect - but retaining the ability for all Listeners and Performers to communicate easily with each other - to leave feedback and "likes". Much improved layout and site features in 2018. Definitely THE place to be! Whilst others like Audiostreet, Pure Volume, MP3Unsigned etc have either disappeared altogether or frequently drop offline, Soundclick is really a viable and reliable platform to play your music 24/7 and get heard and seen. You can also now upload in MP3, WAV and other formats. Many Artistes offer FREE DOWNLOADS (check their Creative Commons Licensing), or Downloads starting usually from $0.75.
Jan. 4, 2019: The Joan Bates Dancing School Children's Ballets, Stockport UK: Most musicians have a starting point in their careers. Early in 1964 I was asked to take over as school pianist from the wonderful Emily Cheetham. This introduced me to the very "catholic" tastes in music I still retain all these years later. I was a pupil at St Annes RC School, Glenfield Road in Stockport at the time. Within a few months I realised I had to play in the old and long gone, Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester as part of the Annual British Railways September "Carnival" held at Belle Vue. Rehearsals were held in The Kent Suite, The Cumberland, The Elizabethan etc. A couple of years later Joan Bates made the decision to hire The Kings Hall just prior to the famous Belle Vue Circus commencing each December ~ and thus were born the Joan Bates Children's Christmas Ballets. The children were from Heaton Norris, Heaton Moor, Reddish and Levenshulme ~ to whom Joan offered highly affordable dancing lessons, plus Pantomimes, Examinations, Competitions etc. Joan (who incidentally was my mother's sister in law) must be remembered by 1000s of children - many of them like myself, now "Seniors" Visit my Soundclick Site for a photo - plus other pictures of myself as a young man, playing in various venues in the UK.
December 8, 2018: The Alan Anthony Set Function Band, Manchester UK: The year was 1977 and I had left my daytime job as a Newspaper Printer - Linotype Operator at The Stockport Advertiser, High Street, Stockport ~ followed by a short spell at The Stockport Express. It was my first year as a Resident Pianist for Pontins Holidays (who were a major Company then). I'd known Altrincham based Guitarist Alan Yates for a couple of years and we decided to start a function band called "The Alan Anthony Set". Working out of the Alan Arnison Agency, Manchester (and then Poynton, Cheshire). This led to a life long friendship that ended with the passing of Alan Yates in 2013. Our first line-up was myself, Tony Gayle on Wurlitzer Stage Piano, Alan Yates (Guitar Vocals), the excellent drumming of Ronnie Arnold and the late Edward Hosey of Manchester on bass guitar and vocals. Eddie was followed by Pete Smith on Bass Guitar and vocals. We were regular performers at the Midland Hotel, Piccadilly Hotel, The Grand Hotel etc in Manchester plus endless Golf Clubs, Masonic Halls and suchlike. Quite remarkably in 2009 we re-grouped with Ian Wright on Drums and John Tucker on Trumpet for Seniors' Dances in Bolton Town Hall which can be viewed on my YOUTUBE Channel courtesy of my wife Susan, behind the camera.
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