The Back Story
I was fortunate enough to be signed to Grosvenor Records in 1995. Their magnificent studios in Birmingham had been the venue for recording the sound track for Thunderbirds as well as many other famous names: The Moody Blues, Noddy Holder, Cliff Richard, Ken Dodd, Jasper Carrott and the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, to name a few. In later years, they signed a wide variety of concert organists. The studios were owned and operated by the Taylor family, their parrot and their dog. The dog filled a vital role – if she walked out during the mixing of a number, you could be sure the track was a loser! Happily, she stayed in the control room for all four albums of mine.
When the Taylors retired some years later, I found myself in a fix, but thanks to BBC Sound Engineer John Booth I received training over the phone on the use of Adobe Audition. I never looked back. PenTone Music was formed and has issued all my albums ever since. They have had a good airing on BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains and various local stations as I toured the UK. Two tracks even found their way onto Classic FM.