was born and lives in Southsea, Hampshire with his wife Sue and they
have two daughters, Laura & Sami.
His father Frank bought a very small Thomas Organ and later changed it
for a Lowrey. It was at this point 13 year old Andrew started to take a
keen interest in playing the Electronic Organ. In those early years
Andrew did not want to take lessons and was quite content to sit at the
Organ and teach himself.
Andrew says, "During this time I just wanted to do my own thing and I
had no idea that one day I would become a full time Professional
Although mainly self taught, Andrew did receive encouragement from his
father, and from the late Theatre Organist Eric Lord who became a good
friend of the family.
During this period of Andrew's life he went to many Organ Concerts with
his parents. Players like Brian Sharp, John Mann and German stars Franz
Lambert and Klaus Wunderlich were a big inspiration. His interest was
constantly renewed by the various organs his Father bought over the
years, including Gulbransen, Eminent and Yamaha.
After spending a number of years in the Retail Business. Andrew joined a
Trio playing the keyboards entertaining at various clubs and backing
cabaret artistes at Holiday Clubs. In 1987 Andrew got married and later
that year left the Trio.
The following year he started working at Bees Music in Chichester.
Andrew recalls at this time " It was great demonstrating the different
instruments in the shop including Thomas, Farfisa and Technics.
Occasionally we had visits from demonstrators Tony Peglar and Graeme
Wright. It was a joy to look over their shoulder and hear them play."
After 2 years Andrew was promoted to Manager of the Southampton branch,
but by this time he was itching to become a full time professional. so
in 1991 he did just that.
Since then he has been playing for dancing, private functions and Organ
clubs ranging from Yorkshire to the Channel Islands, Cornwall to
Norfolk. Andrew has appeared at Organ Festivals at Shorefield, Torquay
Bournemouth, Hayling Island and Sandford Park.
At the Autumn Cavalcade Festival held at Caister in 2003, Andrew joined
the Wersi Uk Team demonstrating and performing in concert playing to
1000 people his largest audience to date.
Andrew can also claim international status having played in Germany,
Italy and Dublin.
To date Andrew has made over 22 recordings on Yamaha, Technics and Wersi
instruments and several tracks have been broadcast by BBC Radios
Lancashire, Guernsey, Devon and The Organist Entertains on Radio 2 and
Alan Ashtons Internet programme on the MSS Studios Web site.
His Current Instruments include the Wersi Abacus Duo Pro, Yamaha Tyros 4
which he uses for Sequence and Ballroom Dances. Andrew's latest Keyboard
is the Tyros 5, TRX organ system incorporating a lower keyboard and
pedalboard which he plays for concerts.
- To contact Andrew
- Andrew Varley
- 5 Ironbridge Lane
- PO4 8LZ
- Tel: 02392 732369
- 07504 992258