Richard Monks





Richard was born in Ashford, Middlesex and developed an interest in music from an early age and started taking piano lessons at the age of 8. His interest in the organ in particular, developed from hearing the Church organ being played whilst singing in his school Christmas Carol concert and was particularly taken with the sound of the Theatre organ after hearing recordings of the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer.

He currently tours with the Yamaha Stagea organ on which he plays many different styles and types of music including Big Band, Orchestral and Theatre organ style. Previous instruments have included the Yamaha EL-90 and EL-900 series, the Yamaha AR-100 and over more recent years, the Roland Atelier AT-80SL, 900C and AT350C.

As well as playing for concerts in clubs and societies around the country, including a concert tour of the Channel Islands, he has appeared at several of the UK's organ/keyboard festivals including Lyme Bay, Mill Rythe and St Audries.

He also is a keen theatre organ player and has played various organs around the country including the Stockport and Burton-on-Trent Town Hall Wurlitzers, the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer in Blackpool and the Bournemouth Pavilion Compton. He also makes regular apperances at the oldest Wurlitzer in the UK located in Beer, Devon.
He also plays the pipe organ and piano for local churches for services and accompanying choirs for choral works and also for weddings including accompanying soloists.

Richard also plays for both Ballroom and Sequence dancing, using his Yamaha D Deck instrument.

He holds a Grade 8 qualification in Electronic organ & Keyboard from the London College of Music.

Aside from music, he has a strong interest in aviation and has had the opportunity to experience flying some small single and twin engined aeroplanes. He also has a interest in the sciences, obtaining an honours degree in Biochemistry!


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