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Anrew Varley Andrew 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 Musician."

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
Milton
SOUTHSEA
Hampshire
PO4 8LZ
Tel: 02392 732369
07504 992258 

 

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