THERE are plenty of treats in store in 2013 for fans of electronic and theatre/ pipe organs.
There is a whole series of concerts booked at the Penistone Paramount and also regular events at St Andrew’s Church in the same town.
The first two concerts of the year are at St Andrew’s and feature the UK's only Allen MDS317EX digital theatre organ.
It will be played on January 12 (2.30pm) by Alastair Kiernan and on February 9 by Richard Hills.
Alastair Kiernan is one of the leading electronic and theatre / pipe organists in the country.
At 40 he has already made a name for himself as a highly accomplished and talented artist on both electronic organ and on the theatre organ.
When he was 18, Alastair was appointed as stand in resident organist at the prestigious Turners Musical Merry Go Round in Northampton.
Since then, he has played at all the major theatre/pipe organ venues.
He has broadcast widely and has played nationwide as well as in the Channel Islands and on the continent.
Richard Hills is 32 and having shown interest in playing the organ, started piano lessons at six.
When he was seven, Richard heard the Wurlitzer organ of the Thursford Collection in Norfolk and was hooked on the sound of these instruments. He began to study both theatre and classical organ with John Norris.
At 14, Richard won the ATOS international Young Theatre Organist of the year competition in Detroit, Michigan.
He returned to the United States the following year to perform at the ATOS convention in Pasadena and since then has been a featured artist at five international ATOS conventions.
Richard has played throughout the British Isles, in Holland and Germany and Australia.
His talents extend to the classical side of organ music. He has studied the classical organ at Rochester Cathedral and at Oxford University before being appointed to the Organ Scholarship of London’s Westminster Abbey.
Richard is now pursuing a career as a freelance musician.
In addition to his theatre and classical organ performances, he is currently Assistant Organist at St Mary's, Bourne Street; a central London church renowned for its Anglo-Catholic Liturgy. Richard is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.