Len Rawle at Singing Hills 2004

Len Rawle with the 2/5 WurliTzer
Len Rawle with the 2/5 WurliTzer
Photo: © Webbwize

When it comes to filling a venue to capacity, Len Rawle certainly has what it takes. Not a spare seat to be had, but then that's to be expected given the quality of music that he plays.

Len is not known as the 'Rembrandt' of the Theatre Organ world for nothing, and it was a great privilege to hear him play an entire concert at Singing Hills, using both the 2/5 and 3/23 consoles.

Believe me, I know every pipe in the chamber intimately, so it is sometimes with great surprise that I hear a 'new' sound coming from behind the shutters. Such is the subtlety and skill in the way that Len can blend sounds together to form an entirely new one, that you would not be blamed for thinking that at times there are more than the actual 23 ranks available!

Not just 'extra' voices, but sounds that are pleasant to listen to. From lively latin american pieces to music in the style of the Mantovani orchestra. Music for everyone. Music to stir the very soul, not to just 'nudge it a bit'!

Len Rawle enjoying himself
Len Rawle enjoying himself.
Photo: © Webbwize
Len Rawle at the 3/23 WurliTzer
Len Rawle at the 3/23 WurliTzer.
Photo: © Webbwize

To me, this is what the Theatre Pipe Organ is really all about. Initially called the Unit Orchestra and intended to be played orchestrally. Something that Len Rawle has realised, and exploits to the full.

What's even better is that Len takes great pleasure in his playing, and this is quite obvious in the final result. A good lunch followed by a great afternoon's work. Excellent!

Len Rawle - 2004 concert
Len Rawle - 2004 concert.
Photo: © Webbwize
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