The Midlands & Wales District of the Cinema Organ Society are sorry to have to announce the sad passing of our colleague and friend, Michael Saunders. Mike has been the District Sales Officer for over 20 years. In addition, Mike was a key member of the technical team when the organ was moved to Fentham Hall; with his aerospace engineering background proving invaluable. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Ann. The funeral was on Wednesday 18th December at Redditch Crematorium.
The COS was greatly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Charlie Balogh.
For many years, Charlie was one of the resident organists at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona, USA, with its large Wurlitzer organ. A creative and innovative musician, his speciality was combining the sounds of the theatre organ with complex MIDI tracks of digital orchestral and rhythm sounds. The spectacular results caught the attention of radio presenter Chris Evans, who featured Charlie’s music and interviewed him on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, listened to by nine million people.
Charlie toured the UK on one occasion, and we remember with pleasure his performance on the Society’s Trocadero Wurlitzer, then installed at the London South Bank University.
We send our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and friends.
A tribute from Organ Stop Pizza can be seen Here, (scroll down the page)