Mighty Morton Free Organ Concert & Singalong
- Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:00 PM
Celebrate the 91st birthday of the Ohio Theatre with a free concert and singalong showcasing the Ohio’s original “Mighty Morton” theatre pipe organ. CAPA featured organist Clark Wilson will replicate the audience singalong performed by former resident organist Roger Garrett on February 16, 1969, as part of the “final performance” at the Ohio Theatre. This will be followed by a concert from world-renowned organist Simon Gledhill featuring music from Broadway, Hollywood, and the Great American Songbook. Generous support provided by The Tom E. Dailey Foundation and Leo Klise.
General Admission seating for the free concert.
Suggestion donation of $10 to support our theatres.(Donations can be made onsite, or by clicking here.)
General admission seating
Meet Simon Gledhill
Simon Gledhill is widely recognised as one of the world’s finest theatre organists, with a career spanning 36 years and a reputation for performances which combine dazzling technique with creativity, imagination and musicianship.
Simon was born in Halifax, UK, and showed a keen interest in music from an early age. He started learning to play the piano accordion at age six and continued with that instrument for 11 years, winning several competitions along the way. When he was 10 years old, his parents purchased a small electronic organ. After initially teaching himself to play it, he began formal studies with a local teacher, Michael Woodhead, who also gave him extensive tuition in classical organ and piano.
Simon’s first “live” experience of the theatre pipe organ was seeing and hearing Ernest Broadbent play Britain’s most famous Mighty Wurlitzer at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. A short time afterwards he discovered a privately-owned instrument close to his home, and was soon making weekly practice visits.
In 1982 he entered and won the UK Northern Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition. Nigel Ogden, presenter of the BBC radio programme The Organist Entertains, was in the audience, and invited him to record for the programme on the BBC Theatre Organ.
The resulting broadcasts generated a flurry of concert offers, and Simon has since performed at all the major UK theatre organ venues, as well as touring in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. He has played many times for the American Theatre Organ Society, and was named ATOS Organist of the year in 1997 and inducted into the Society’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
Simon has performed at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus before, in October 2000, and is delighted to be returning to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the theatre and its splendid Robert-Morton pipe organ.
Simon’s music has won high praise from his peers. Lyn Larsen described him as: “That rare combination of flawless technique, impeccable phrasing and an unerring sense of musical good taste”, while Nigel Ogden said: “Here is someone who was born to be a theatre organist. His ability has rightfully earned him the genuine admiration of both audiences and colleagues alike.”
Simon combines his concert and recording activities with work for the Cinema Organ Society, the UK’s leading theatre organ preservation group, and a full-time career in finance, based in London.