Sketches of a better time
Extraordinarily popular with children, especially to accompany activities such as rollerblading and skateboarding, these light musical classics are performed live by former circus musician and well known Sydney organist Peter Carroll-Held.
This new album release by Move Records employs state-of-the-art audio media content creation technologies that transport the listener to a virtual reconstruction of an early 1900's town hall pipe organ concert of upbeat theatrical music that is sure to entertain children of all ages.
About the artist
Peter Carroll-Held began his formal musical education in 1945 at the age of eight as a student of Patricia Read in Dublin, Ireland. Later he studied with the famous theatre organist of the 1930s, Tommy Dando, while performing at Dublin's Theatre Royal. While a science student in Dublin, Peter also performed for a wide variety of dances, shows, and bands, touring much of the UK and Ireland.
Bored and frustrated by circumstances in Ireland and the UK, he left to join a circus in South Africa. Between touring around southern Africa and dealing with "pet" crocodiles being placed on the organ keyboard by larrikin clientele, Peter did complete a South African National Technical Certificate Grade III in Radio, Electronics, Physics and Mathematics in 1967. Additionally, he performed at least 30 light organ music broadcasts for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Moving to Sydney in 1968, Peter continued performing light entertainment organ music for a range of clubs and bands. In 1975 he earned a trade certificate in Electronics from Sydney Technical College.
Now established as a leading Australian authority on electronic valve (tube) musical instruments and early electric/electronic music synthesis, Peter consults widely on the repair and restoration of such devices. He continues to perform as an organist - albeit now for tamer audiences than in his youth.
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“"I commend to you a most novel and enjoyable disc from Australia..." and "The playing is accurate and the arrangements musical. The variation of registration is wide and gives an excellent impression of vintage Cinema Organ tone with shades of the great Victorian Town Hall instruments as well."”
— From the UK's "News South" record roundup (February-March 2009),
“... upbeat theatrical music that is sure to entertain children of all ages.”
— The American Theatre Organ Society's ETONE Newsletter (January 2009)
1 Waratah Valsette P. Carroll-Held
Londonderry Air trad.
Come Back Paddy Reilly to Bally James Duff P. French
2 Song Without Words #30 F. Mendelssohn
3 La Golandrina N. Sepradelli
J'attendrai D. Oliveri
4 Dark Eyes A. Ferraris
Chicken Reel J. Daly
5 The Whistler and His Dog A. Pryor
6 Excerpts from Kismet A. Borodin
7 Overture: The Thieving Magpie G. Rossini
8 The March Hare P. Green
9 Country Gardens English folksong
Merrymakers Dance E. German
10 Amparita Roca J. Texidor
11 One Fine Day G. Puccini
Medley - Gilbert & Sullivan operettas N. Sullivan
Scaramouche F. Charrosin
12 Poet and Peasant Overture F. von Suppe
13 The March Hare (reprise) P. Green
14 La Danza G. Rossini
Medley: Scottish Folktunes trad.
15 Theme: Symphony No. 40 W. Mozart
16 Londonderry Air trad.
Country Gardens trad.
Medley: Scottish Folktunes trad.
17 Spanish Gypsy Dance P. Narro
18 Excerpts from Orpheus in the Underworld J. Offenbach