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Composer: Waller, Fats (1904-1943)

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Year of birth1904
Year of death1943
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Prom 58: Light organ music with Richard Hills

Richard Hills  ©  David Reed
Prom 58’s afternoon concert of light organ music was created to showcase the Royal Albert Hall’s enormous Henry Willis organ. It was the largest of its kind when it was originally built in 1871 and although now only the second largest in Britain, the instrument still consists of 9,997 pipes and 147 stops.
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Bach meets Fats Waller: Nigel Kennedy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Nigel Kennedy  ©  Paul Marc Mitchell
The ever-eccentric Nigel Kennedy entered on stage in trainers, combat trousers, a pirate shirt with a shiny black jacket, and his staple punk hairstyle. Dressed as a rebel, his cheeky-chap persona grabbed the attention of the audience at Colston Hall for a night of Bach and Fats Waller in one.The set was different to that of most normal concerts.
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