Dancing and organ concerts

3. Charles Brown - the organist

Charles began playing the church organ in his early teens. He developed an interest in the cinema organ through the broadcasts of Reginald Dixon from the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

In the 1970’s Charles began working as a projectionist for the Tatton Group Cinemas, which included the Davenport Theatre, Stockport. This enabled him to begin playing the Compton pipe organ installed there for mid-week film presentations.

On the retirement of the resident organist, Charles took over playing for the Friday and Saturday evening performances. He was also playing for bingo audiences on the Compton pipe organ in the old Plaza Cinema in Mersey Square.

In 1985, Charles began playing the organ in Chorley Town Hall for the monthly social dance. As a result, he was introduced to Eric Barlow who was the resident dance organist at Stockport Town Hall. Charles was pleased and grateful to receive support and guidance from Eric, as playing for dancing requires a specialised technique.

On occasions, Charles deputised for Eric. In 2000, he took over the organ bench when Eric retired after more than 20 years at the Town Hall.

Charles also plays old time and modern sequence dancing at a number of venues around the North West. On these occasions he takes along his own portable electronic organ. Charles is pleased to continue the tradition of “live” dance music at Stockport Town Hall, in the company of MC Evelyn Kennedy.

A pleasant and enjoyable evening can be had by all, at this magnificent dancing venue.