World-famous organist’s Pipes in the Peaks date

Organist Phil Kelsall
Organist Phil Kelsall

LEGENDARY organist Phil Kelsall brings a touch of the Blackpool Tower ballroom to the latest Pipes In The Peaks concert, to be held on Sunday, March 27.

Currently considered the most famous organist in the world, he will play the ex-Regal/ABC Derby Mighty Compton Organ now installed in the car showroom called Pipes in Peaks at Dovedale Garage, Thorpe, near Ashbourne.

Phil has played the Wurlitzer of the world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom for over 30 years now and has kept alive and developed the ever-popular Blackpool style of organ playing, originally created by the legendary Reginald Dixon.

Phil continues entertaining audiences from far and wide while they are on holiday in the famous seaside resort. Throughout his career he has produced dozens on recordings, videos and DVDs and has been awarded the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, for his services to the British music industry.

Phil has made numerous television appearances. During January, he was at Buckingham Palace to be presented with a MBE for his services to the music industry.

Phil Kelsall will be performing music for all tastes from all ages, ranging from the light classics to popular music and modern ballads. He is a master of rhythmic playing which always gets peoples feet tapping. Don’t miss this unique event. Doors open at 6.30pm, and tickets include glass of wine on entry and light interval refreshments, all for £10.

Then, on Saturday, April 2, Stephen Foulkes returns to the venue’s Compton Organ to star in a tribute evening to the 1950s and 1960s, from 7.30pm.

These two decades produced some of the most fantastic music ever produced and Stephen Foulkes will play music by artists such as the one and only Elvis Presley and The Beatles, to name a couple of artists. This will be an evening full of surprises and included with your ticket will be a hot supper. Doors open from 6.30pm and there will be a licensed bar. Tickets are £15.

The showroom at Pipes In The Peaks is a museum with motoring memorabilia, radios from the golden age of wireless and automated musical instruments, the most noteworthy being a Weber baby grand Duo-Art reproducer piano.

Tickets for both events are by prior booking only. For more information on either of these concerts, call 01335 350 258 or 0777 800 5729 or visit