Wolfe is recognised as one of the world's leading
interpreters of the theatre organ. Acclaimed for his sheer
artistry, renowned for his musicality, he is without question
one of the top British organists.
the early age of sixteen, he became the youngest musician
at that time to join the team of organists at the world
famous Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. After three years, in
1981, he was invited to inaugurate the Wurlitzer show
at the Thursford Collection, near Fakenham in Norfolk.
"sight and sound spectacular" has come to be
known locally, nationally and internationally as "The
Thursford Experience". From early spring to late
autumn, seven days a week, Robert draws large crowds who
delight in his warm personality and his unique musical
combination of meticulous accuracy and interpretative
took this solo position at the age of 19. However, the
story really began for Robert at the age of eleven, or
thereabouts with the gift of a small single keyboard bought
as a Christmas present by his parents. In the beginning
his non-musical roots meant playing wholly by ear, reading
music came later. By the age of 14 he was playing a Compton
theatre organ at a pub in Hertfordshire, plus other pubs
and clubs in and around his hometown of Luton using his
own portable Hammond electronic organ. Robert's hopeless
addiction to the theatre organ became apparent when a
family summer holiday took them to Blackpool. A single
visit to the world famous Tower Ballroom started this
infatuation & who would have believed that two years
later he would audition to join the team of organists
playing for non-stop dancing. Better still he was accepted
and became the youngest musician at that time to hold
such a position.
music is often heard on BBC Radio 2 and he has been featured
on TV. Highlights of these broadcasts include playing
live for The National Lottery, with an audience of around
20 million people hearing the magnificent sounds of the
Wurlitzer organ at Thursford.
the winter months he performs concerts not only around
the UK, but the U.S.A & Canada. When not performing
on pipe organs, Robert performs concerts for the many
electronic organ societies here in the UK. In recent years
Robert has also been associated with
Music Centre of Great Yarmouth,
Norfolk who are the sole UK dealer for Lowrey Home
Organs; another respected American make of organ.
Robert found that the Lowrey organ allowed him to play
in a style he enjoyed, whilst having the added bonus of
rhythm styles and orchestral sounds. Recently, Robert
has started playing one of their latest models, the Lowrey
Royale, in concert. This has added another dimension to
Robert's musical creativity. He has also produced recordings
on Lowrey organs.
hear Robert in concert is an unique musical experience
which is not to be missed.