WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT KINGSTON?
I have been involved with Kingston Arts for over 30 years now, and I'm amazed by the diversity of the Kingston Community. Its support for the arts (in all its forms). Plus, the enthusiastic response exhibited at events held in the Community.
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PASSION/PRACTICE?
Music is my thing, I’m a great lover of most forms of music, but my real love is for Jazz, Swing, Big Band, and what I refer to as the ‘Broadway' Sound. My instrument/s of performance are piano and most of all Theatre Organ (The Mighty Wurlitzer)
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CRAFT?
My introduction to the Theatre Organ was some 35 years ago at the then Moorabbin Town Hall (now Kingston City Hall) where I attended a Theatre Organ Society concert featuring the City's amazing Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. I already played organ and piano but had never experienced anything like a Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ before. Once the event had concluded, I participated in a 'behind the scenes' tour of the organ. Here I got to see the mechanical aspects of this utterly acoustic instrument - from there, I was hooked!
As these organs were a product of the silent film era, its flexibility to lend itself to all musical styles from classical to contemporary is extraordinary. The ability of this instrument to replicate an entire orchestra and at times, shake the very building with its vast dynamic range, is simply something that has to be experienced.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
For me it’s about sharing music from all genres with audiences, connecting with them in conversation, and letting them experience the incredible sound of the Theatre Organ and witnessing them react the same way as I did when I first heard one. Even after 30+ years of playing this organ, my passion has not diminished. I have met so many amazing people who have attended shows, plus had the honour of working alongside many other performers.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON DURING COVID-19?
With Covid, all venues are sadly closed. Therefore, access to these organs is currently impossible. So I have been working on a project building a 'Virtual' Theatre organ that can be moved to venues and set up for one-off performances where there are currently no installed theatre organs.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AFTER COVID-19?
I am greatly looking forward to returning to the stage, and again being able to interact with audiences through performance. I truly miss this. This year 2020 commemorated 50 years of the Wurlitzer being installed at Kingston City Hall, there were many events planned both by Kingston Arts and the Theatre Organ Society. Hopefully, we can do these next year…….
As mentioned above, I have been involved with the Kingston Wurlitzer for just on 35 years. I have been very fortunate to have toured the US and NZ many times as a theatre organist adding my first UK tour recently in 2017. I currently serve as City Organist for the City of Kingston, and am the President of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia (Vic Division). Aside from my performance work, I curate the technical management of a number of these instruments (including Kingston) here in Australia and New Zealand.
To see more about Scott check out his website