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Keyboard master in town

PUBLISHED: 16:02 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 12:09 03 July 2010

FANS of the Wurlitzer organ will be in for a treat as keyboard supremo Robert Wolfe presents an evening of musical favourites at the Gorleston Pavilion.

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FANS of the Wurlitzer organ will be in for a treat as keyboard supremo Robert Wolfe presents an evening of musical favourites at the Gorleston Pavilion.

But you will have to be quick as his one-night-only performance is tomorrow night at 7.30pm.Robert's love of the keyboard goes back to his teenage years. As a 14-year old school boy and budding organist he visited the Thursford Collection in Norfolk and approached founder George Cushing to ask if he could play the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Mr Cushing happily agreed, as he was already aware of Robert's musical talent, that gesture was to lead to a relationship between Robert and Thursford that has continued for over 30 years.

Robert said he did not realise at that time but that one brief encounter was to be the start of a long career entertaining the summer visitors at Thursford. Before he took up the full-time post as resident organist, Robert, at the age of 16, became the youngest person to join the team playing at the famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, home of Mr. Blackpool, the late Reginald Dixon.

He also played for Reg Dixon's 80th Birthday party held at Thursford. He remained seated at the world famous Wurlitzer in Blackpool until he was 19 returning to the Norfolk Museum occasionally for one-off concert appearances.

Robert has often featured on BBC Radio 2's the Organist Entertains and has also appeared on national television playing live to an audience of around 20 million for the National Lottery. This performance will feature the awesome sounds of the Lowrey Stardust concert organ provided by Allens music Store, Great Yarmouth.

As this summer season is now closed you can hear the King of the Keys in concert at The Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston tomorrow at 7.30pm. Box Office, Priced £ 10/£9 Tel (01493) 662832

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