The latest update has added even more hi-res photos and downloads, including ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to an Organist’, stories and anecdotes from my career. There’s also a lot more in the way of sheet music for piano, keyboard and organ, plus updated teaching materials and many new mp3 audio files, including some archive material I thought had been lost forever!
Children in need 2008 and 2010
The Mantovani Project
Hello, and a very warm welcome to my new look website. I will be updating 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 some galleries of photos from across the years from the 1960’s 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, Yamaha sound data files, sheet music and lots of mp3 audio tracks to stream or download.
I’ve been an organist, pianist and keyboard player for over 42 years, and have played in concerts, at music fairs and at organ/keyboard festivals all over the UK and Europe, as well as broadcasting on radio and TV. 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. Since then I’ve worked with several other major organ and keyboard manufacturers such as Lowrey, 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. Alas, Non-Disclosure Agreements mean 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, and I produced a monthly series on computer music making called, appropriately, Computer Music.
The past 20 years has seen me turn increasingly to 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 several local private schools and also at Bonners Music School in their Eastbourne Music Superstore. I also teach people how to use their instruments to the full, both privately and at Bonners’ regular teach-in evenings.