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Top organist Robert Wolfe to play at Sheringham Little Theatre

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 September 2014

Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe

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The timeless keyboard talents of organist Robert Wolfe will be heard at Sheringham Little Theatre next week.

Robert began a long association with the Thursford Collection when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy.

Visiting the organ and steam collection he approached founder George Cushing to ask if he could play the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Mr Cushing had heard of Robert’s musical talent and agreed - forging a link which now stretches for 35 years.

At the age of 16, he became the youngest person to join the team playing at the famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, home of “Mr. Blackpool”, the late Reginald Dixon.

He remained seated at the world famous Wurlitzer in Blackpool until he was 19, returning to the Norfolk Museum occasionally for one-off concert appearances.

In 1981 Robert was offered the role as the solo or resident organist, a first for both Thursford and Robert.

Leaving Blackpool, which is essentially the British home of the Wurlitzer, was a tough decision to make. But it proved a wise move and this year sees Robert’s 34th year of consecutive summer seasons.

Robert plays music ranging from the 1930s to the present day, ballads to ragtime, dance music to light classical, including tunes from the top West End Musicals.

He is often heard on BBC Radio 2 and has played live to 20m TV viewers for The National Lottery.

Robert Wolfe showcases his skills at the Lowery electronic organ at Sheringham Little Theatre on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from the box office on 01263 822347.

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