Joe was taught the piano from an early age taking examinations with the Royal Associated Board of Music. He then moved on to the church organ, at the same time gaining much experience in the technical aspects of organ building and tonal design when he and his father ( an ex-professional organ builder ) returned the Compton theatre pipe organ in the Odeon/Black’s Regal Theatre, Byker to prime condition. He was resident organist at this theatre from 1963 to 1969, broadcast the instrument and played for all shows, intermissions etc until the organ was sold. He also appeared regularly at weekends playing the organs in the Odeon/Paramount and Essoldo Theatres, Newcastle upon Tyne and was relief minors organist at the Odeon/Black’s Regal Theatre, Gateshead from 1968 to 1975.
Since then, Joe has played concerts all over the UK as well as several in the USA. He has various recordings to his credit and has broadcast many times on the BBC Radio 2 programme “The Organist Entertains” as well as on Radio Hilversum in Holland and a number of stations in Australia and the USA. He has composed a wide variety of music including marches, piano novelties, waltzes, ballads and descriptive pieces, many of which have been published. In addition, Joe has advised several venues in the UK and Australia on organ installation and tonal matters.
Joe is a Trustee of the North East Theatre Organ Association. Although highly experienced in organ building and tonal design/improvement Joe is, by profession, a qualified Chartered Accountant, a busy job which kept him away from the concert circuit for many years. He has now retired from the pressures of the financial world to enjoy his music full time with composing and recording. He is a very keen archivist and researcher of all things relating to the theatre organ but still likes to make time to play concerts at theatre pipe organ venues around the country.