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ORGAN IN THE OPEN - A FIRST FOR SALTAIRE BANDSTAND

Nigel GotteriMr Nigel Gotteri gave a unique touch to the tenth BANDSTAND concert in Roberts Park on July 29th by performing a fascinating recital – on the harmonium! The audience were treated to a programme which varied from Mozart to the modern works of Rosalie Bonighton. Also on the bill was a selection of pieces originally written to accompany silent films, a purpose to which the harmonium was occasionally put. In the absence of suitable footage, Mr Gotteri strung these together with amusing anecdotes of his local railway station, at Dronfield in Derbyshire, the hit of the day being a tune entitled "Humorous and Comic Racing Horse, Car, Train, Etc"

The instrument, built by Debain & Co. in France in 1887 was in the excellent condition one would expect, since it was kindly provided by Mr Phil Fluke {pictured, in a rare moment of camera shyness, with Mr Gotteri} – despite being recently returned from Cheltenham, where it came within feet of floodwater.

TREATS STILL IN STORE

August (Sundays, 2.30pm)
5th Otra, Folk Music plus
12th So & So's Jazz Orchestra
19th Classical Café with Nick Watts & Scott Clifford
26th DOUBLE BILL: First Quarter / Midnight Special
September 2nd : Edwardian Music Hall

   

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