The Cannock Chase Organ Club
The Cannock Chase Organ Club

The Team

Cannock Chase Organ Club is always looking for volunteers to help get involved in preserving the sounds from these nostalgic instruments. If you would like to get involved, please send us a message on our 'Contact us' page.

 

Name
Cameron Lloyd
Position
Chairman, Technical Manager, Organist, Networks
Description
Cameron is also on the Board of Trustees at the Winter Gardens Trust, as a lifetime member, and also the Chairman of the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust based at the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury. Cameron is the Head Technical Adviser on the upkeep of the 3/10 Wurlitzer housed there.

Cameron took over the reins at the Cannock Chase Organ Club following lifelong friend and mentor Steve Tovey's death in 2016.
Name
Damon Willetts
Position
Management, Technician, Organist
Description
Damon is the Secretary of the Midlands and Wales District of the Cinema Organ Society. By day he is a professional groundsman and is currently responsible for the ‘green sward’ at West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club.

Damon is the proud owner of his own Compton pipe organ installed at his home in the West Midlands.
Name
David Lobban
Position
Management, Technician, Organist
Description
2020 is a year of change for David. It is his 43rd year as a professional musician and 57th year associated with the entertainment, hospitality, and keyboard industries. In 2018 David completed 23 years in The Tower Ballroom Blackpool and decided to take a semi-retired approach to life.

Away from music, David was involved in running a cattery, breeding Champion Burmese cats.
Name
Edd Hordley
Position
Management, Technician, Networks
Description
At 22 years old, Edd is the youngest member of our Team.
Born in Shrewsbury, Edd became involved in the upkeep of the 3/10 Wurlitzer at the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury, and has been involved ever since!

Outside of life in the CCOC, Edd is an Airline Pilot!
Name
Alec Walters
Position
Technician, Organist, Networking
Description
Alec is a talented young organist who was born in Wigan. A HGV driver by trade, Alec often retreats to his garage, to tinker on, and play the VTPO he has created there.

Alec's style of playing is predominantly of the Blackpool Style, and includes a wide array of entertainment and musicianship.
Name
Stephen Austin
Position
Technician, Organist
Description
An experienced piano, keyboard and organ tutor, Stephen teaches students over two BUSY days a week.

Stephen's hobbies include cooking, travel (he speaks several languages) and model railways - a large layout occupying a room at home.

The latest addition to the "hobbies" is a 4-manual 26 rank theatre organ based on the Hauptwerk Paramount 450 programme but housed in a beautiful Wurlitzer-style console, fully restored and re-painted by John Nunns.
Name
Michael Carter
Position
Organist
Description
Michael started learning to play the organ following a visit to Blackpool Tower, aged 9. Michael was mesmerised by the sound and remembers deciding that he wanted to play Theatre Organ

In his spare time, Michael helps with maintenance at some theatre organ venues and is the editor for 'Cinema Organ'; the quarterly journal of the Cinema Organ Society.

Not content with this, his garage now houses a 2-manual Wurlitzer console that he is rebuilding as a Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ.
Name
John Nunns
Position
Technician, Organist
Description
In 1974, together with Stephen Austin, John opened the “Camera & Organ Centre” selling a wide range of photographic equipment together with electronic organs and keyboards and also famously stocking a vast range of theatre organ LP records – much visited by theatre organ enthusiasts when in Blackpool. Together and with friends, they formed “Blackpool Keyboard Club” organ society which still meets every month – 40 years later!
Name
Carl Heslop
Position
Technician, Organist, Professional Organ Builder
Description
Carl has worked for many organ builders in his professional career, specialising in voicing and finishing new organs, restorations and rebuilds.

Since then, Carl has set up his own business: C.A Heslop Ltd.

Carl is also the proud owner of the ex. Ritz Nottingham Conacher, which he is restoring

Andrew Cramer - Technical

Alan Berrisford Technician

Alan Piltcher - Technician/Carpenter

 

Ann Tovey - Front of House

Nannette Swansborough - Front of House

 

 

Partners/Contractors

Wolverhampton City Council

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool Winter Gardens Trust

F. Booth and Son (Voicers) Ltd - Organ pipe Manufacturer/repair

The Cinema Organ Society

The Theatre Organ Club

Picturehouse Cinemas

Pallot Steam Museum - Jersey, Channel Islands

Paul Kirner's Musical Palace (Paul Kirner, Ben Snowdon, Anthony Meads)

 

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