Andrew Gilbert ALCM (TD), DipLCM
Music Teacher, Organist and Computer Specialist

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This latest update has added more hi-res photos to the galleries and some brand new downloads of all types. There's now a completely updated biography, with lots of new photos, plus some new and updated chapters in ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to an Organist’, a collection of true stories and anecdotes from my career.

And now there's a section that's dedicated to my piano, keyboard and organ teaching, both face to face and on line.

There’s also a lot more in the way of sheet music for piano, keyboard and organ, new and revised teaching materials, plus new data files and instruction sheets for Yamaha keyboards.

There are many new mp3 audio files, including some archive material I thought had been lost forever! There are some new links to Youtube clips of me playing the organ and I will be adding more as time allows.

If you have any comments on the site, please let me know. Your feedback is always very welcome, thanks!

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Hello, and a very warm welcome to my newly updated website. I will be continuing to update the site on a regular basis, so I hope you'll come back from time to time to see what’s new.

On the site you'll find plenty of information about me and my work, including a biography and several galleries of photos from across the years from the 1960s to the present day, plus links to some sites that I hope you may find interesting. There’s also a downloads page that has some teaching materials, anecdotes and humour, Yamaha keyboard data files and advice sheets, plenty of sheet music and lots of mp3 audio tracks and Youtube clips to stream or download.

I’ve been an organist, pianist and keyboard player for a long time! In fact, I celebrated 50 years in the music business in early 2020. In those years, I have played in concerts, at music fairs and at organ/keyboard festivals all over the UK and Europe and as far away as Japan, as well as broadcasting many times on radio and making the occasional TV appearance. Over the years my career has seen me playing all sorts of electronic, theatre and classical organs, as well as pianos, synthesizers and keyboards. From 1977 to 1989 I was one of Kawai’s international team of Product Specialists and travelled all over Europe and Japan, playing, demonstrating and helping to design some of their products. At the start of 1990 I joined Lowrey UK's team of organists and was with them for five years - though as Kawai owned Lowrey by then, I was also available for freelance Kawai demonstrations and trade fairs. Since then I’ve worked with several other major organ and keyboard manufacturers including Orla and Hammond, both as a player and freelance design consultant. Some of my sounds and ideas are still to be found in today’s organs and keyboards. I had to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements, which means I can’t tell you about them, but they’re there, believe me!

I was a regular writer for Keyboard Player magazine from 1984 to when it sadly closed in mid 2011. As well as hundreds of product reviews, I wrote many musical arrangements and original compositions for piano, organ and keyboard – some of which are now available on this site - and I produced a monthly series on computer music making called, appropriately, Computer Music. I also wrote a series about taking exams, called Making the Grade.

The past 30 years or so has seen me turn increasingly to music teaching, and I currently spend most of my working time teaching organ, piano, keyboard, music technology and music theory to private students of all ages in my local area, to youngsters in local private schools and also at Bonners Music Academy in their Eastbourne Music Superstore. The Academy is currently cIosed owing to COVID-19, but I hope that lessons there will recommence at some point. In the meantime, many of my Bonners students are having lessons on line. I also teach people how to use the functions and features of their instruments to the full, something that's just as important as playing the right notes when it comes to keyboard and organ playing.