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We welcome Mark Thompson as our guest soloist at our Annual Concert
on 13th May 2023 at 7pm at Highfield Middle School

Mark Thompson - organistAnnual Concert Soloist – Mark Thompson
Mark is an electronic organist from Durham but with Ryton connections;
his Grandfather is Tommy Thompson, for many years the butcher at Lane Head and local cricketer.
Mark has been playing the electronic organ from the age of seven. After gaining interest 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. Mark was later taught by international organist Chiho Sunamoto at the Yamaha School of music.
He began playing concerts at the age of fifteen, and since then has travelled throughout the UK, and abroad, playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions, now with around 70 concerts a year. In 2002 Mark played in, and won, the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition in Woking, and has performed on many of the country’s top theatre organs since, including the Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer and the Bournemouth Pavilion Compton.
In addition to his work on the organ circuit Mark works as Musical Director, Vocal coach or accompanist for many North East stage schools and North East musical theatre societies. Credits as Musical Director include ‘Shrek the Musical’, ‘Chicago’, ‘The Producers’, ‘The Addams Family’, ‘42nd Street’, ‘Annie’ and ‘Mack and Mabel’.
Mark plays cocktail piano at hotels and restaurants across the North East, and for many weddings and private functions throughout the year, as well as teaching piano at Framwellgate School, Durham every week, and regularly playing in a number of bands.
Mark will be playing the electronic organ for us, which can emulate anything up to a full orchestra, which allows pretty much any style of music to be played. Mark's repertoire includes Light Classics, Jazz, ballads, rock and roll, sing-a-longs and pretty much everything in between.

More details will appear in the Annual Concert programme

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