I have just read this:
The Facebook posting said "It is with great sadness that I must report that our dear friend Carlo Curley passed away about 5pm. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him and his amazing gift as a musician. Rest in peace Carlissimo"
Very sad news.
just shy of 60 years old
I heard him once at Manchester Town Hall - sorry to say I didn't really like his style of playing but his concerts were always sellouts - an entertainer and populariser
Last edited by mercia; 15-08-12 at 15:18.
Perhaps the Cameron Carpenter of an older generation. Certainly a master-showman - as well as an outstanding musician.
I recall Carlo Curley playing a new church organ in a recital at Thornton a small town on the Fylde coast. He was the best organist that I have heard. Very commercially minded he reminded the audience several times, even breaking in to his recital to tell the audience that he was selling his CDs in the interval and at the end of his recital. He said not to worry if they had not enough cash with them as he had brought a credit card machine with him; the sort that produced a carbon copy of the slip. It worked he had long queues wanting his discs. A real bumbling type of character I remember that he played the whole recital with rolled up toilet paper sticking out of his nose, by about three quarters of an inch, that he said had been bleeding. He will be sadly missed. May he R.I.P.
Originally Posted by VodkaDilc
Last edited by Stanfordian; 12-08-12 at 09:04.
I heard him twice, at Hereford Cathedral and Kingston Parish Church, an entertaining performer and very fine musician. RIP.
Scary. I think some of us here are older.
and there is also a part 2
This is very sad news. He was indeed very much a showman but, as others have said, a fine musician. I was at a concert of his at the Snape Maltings about twenty years ago and he gave a superb performance of the Elgar Sonata on the Allen Computer Organ. I also recall at the same concert he turned to grin at the audience, Russ Conway style, during one of the pieces. At York Minster a few years ago he stood in the organ loft and waved regally to the audience below in the Choir. As you say, Stanfordian, he wasn't slow to promote his CDs and I think he used the same line about the credit card machine at that York Minster recital. I queued to buy a CD and Carlo signed it - and called me "darling"!
I suspect he must have signed most as I have several of his CDs purchased secondhand over 50% are signed.
Originally Posted by hmvman
Selling CDs after a performance is quite usual - I bought several Fisher Cds that way + several at various French recitals I've been to during Organ festivals - I can't however recall ever hearing Carlo in person