Phil Kelsall MBE will be at the Wurlitzer of Blackpool Opera House on the 20th March. It is the only Wurlitzer in a theatre in the U.K and the last new Wurlitzer to be installed in the UK.
Phil is noted for his distinctive style of playing and he has made numerous appearances on television and radio, from Coronation Street to Friday Night is Music Night, and the long-running BBC Radio 2 programme The Organist Entertains, which he has occasionally guest presented. Phil also plays the Thursford Collection's Wurlitzer for their annual Christmas Spectacular shows which is the largest Christmas show in Europe and is attended by over 110,000 people annually.
Over 50 albums have been recorded by Phil since he began playing at Blackpool Tower Ballroom in 1977. In the summer of 2001 a compilation double album of some of his light classical recordings was released on the prestigious Universal Classics label and in its first week entered the Classical Albums Chart as the highest new entry of the week at number six. Phil’s album was to remain in the Classic Top 20 for an amazing twelve consecutive weeks, an unprecedented achievement for a theatre organ album. His recordings are often heard on radio and television.
In 1993 he received a BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) Gold Badge Award and was award with an MBE for his services to the Music industry in the June 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours list.