It comes as no surprise that we had the best June turnout in years, when Daniel comes to play for us, you can be assured of a real treat and so it proved to be once again. He still plays his trusted 21year old Wersi Spectra plus an OAS expander, effectively giving him two organs on stage.
Wearing his favorite hat, he opened the evening with a raising rendition of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, as film scores and romance were to be the theme for the evening, a combination which worked extremely well. Romance by Julio Iglesias was the title of the next tune with flute and string sounds and set to a red background.
A piano completed the set up tonight, My One And Only Love kept romance alive before we had a complete change with LeRoy Brown, a super Big Band number made famous by Harry Connick Jr. accompanied by some clever lighting tricks courtesy of Keith.
The majestic Trumpet Tune And Air was played at Diana's and Charles' wedding; Daniels sounds were sampled from Cologne Cathedral. Time to revive memories of one the most successful groups ever, ABBA with Mamma Mia and Name Of The Game. -
Time to give our very own Pete a mention, who manned our new cameras and 2 laptops, you did a great job not only enabling us to enjoy a close up of Daniels finger work and pedal work, but also to see film clips and other pictures to enhance each tune.
Back on the piano, Daniel played My Heart's Desire Is To Be With You, composed for his long time girlfriend Marilyn. Staying on the theme of romance we had I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, whilst watching Petula Clark by the sea.
A khaki coloured background was apt for the Midway March from the Battle of Midway film - great! To finish off the first half You'll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins written for the film Tarzan.
Everybody was more than ready for refreshments and the raffle and eager to get on with the second half. Daniel, having changed into a white jacket, brought a bit of culture to proceedings with Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, once again showing off the lush strings on the organ. Then we were treated to some Klaus Wunderlich sounds with Somewhere My Love, which was also recorded by him, swiftly followed by If I Only Had Time - how often have we all said that??
Shades of blue set a lovely scene for Ice Castles played on the piano - the story of a blind ice-skater who succeeds against all the odds at the Olympics - before Daniel hopped back onto the organ with a tune used for the Pink Panther, It Had Better Be Tonight by Henri Mancini.
Then it was church organ sounds to the fore with Haendel's Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba, before creating some magical string and choir sounds for Ave Maria. A green background was a must for the Irish jig Elan by a group called Secret Garden.
Daniel has a lovely singing voice, which came to the fore with the next song, entitled Hero, by Enrique Iglesias, son of Julio. Following ABBA's break, Agnetha Faltskog has recorded several albums of her own, one of them entitled My Colouring Book, the title of the tune was What Now My Love?
A red and green background and pictures of Johnny Depp meant that we were in for a treat with the music from the Pirates Of The Caribbean.
Alas, time was running out on us and so with Pete showing us pictures of San Francisco, we went Downtown. Although running a tad late, the audience demanded their encore which was Winner Takes It All.
A huge thank you to Daniel for a first class concert, great to have this friend of the BKC with us again.
Why not come along to a Basildon Keyboard Club Concert, you will be made very welcome, have a great evenings entertainment, a complimentary cup of tea or coffee with biscuits and of course experience the delights of live music played on top of the range electronic organs & keyboards by the best players.