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Obit: Arnold Loxam - UK Theatre Organist

Peter the Squeezer 24 Mar 10 - 03:48 PM
GUEST,Chris P 24 Mar 10 - 06:11 PM
GUEST,Chris Bennett 02 Nov 10 - 06:12 PM
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Subject: Obit: Arnold Loxam - UK Theatre Organist
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 03:48 PM

Dr Arnold Loxam - theatre organist from Bradford, Yorkshire, has passed away, aged 93. he was still playing regular gigs (as we would refer to them) at the age of 90!

For further details see the Cinema Organ Society's site COS News

I was privileged to hear him play on several occasions. He was a flamboyant character, very much the showman, usually apperaing in bright red socks. His playing was very up-beat, in the "Blackpool" style - indeed, he was on the team of organists at the Tower Ballroom for some years. He would often play "On Ilkley Moor Baht At", as a solo on the pedals, whilst holding his hand behind his head. I never did get around to daring to tell him that the "Yorkshire National Anthem" was adctually composed by a man from Kent, though.

RIP Arnold - fondly remembered


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Subject: RE: Obit: Arnold Loxam - UK Theatre Organist
From: GUEST,Chris P
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 06:11 PM

Yes, a remarkable man, who I saw several times playing the organ at our local cinema, the Rex in Elland, where they continue the cinema organ tradition to this day. We can all wish to have such long performing lives, but not many achieve it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Arnold Loxam - UK Theatre Organist
From: GUEST,Chris Bennett
Date: 02 Nov 10 - 06:12 PM

For me, the world's greatest organist who I met on many occasions and referred to by me as " The Master "...known in the USA as " Hotsocks " because of his incredible pedal work and known in Holland as " The Musical Clown " because of his comedic manner.
Will be very sadly missed, a true gent


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