Halifax’s ‘King of the Keyboards’ marks three decades at historic seaside spa

142522a'Organist Howard Beaumont at the Spa'Picture by Neil Silk'18/06/14
142522a'Organist Howard Beaumont at the Spa'Picture by Neil Silk'18/06/14

HE has earned himself the title of “King of the Keyboards” after entertaining residents and visitors at Scarborough’s historic Spa for three decades.

Halifax-born Howard Beaumont is now set to celebrate his 30th season at the iconic seaside venue with an entertaining summer season of performances.

The respected organist will return with his regular slots today and will play up to three performances per week until Friday, September 15.

Looking forward to his anniversary year, Mr Beaumont said: “The Spa Suncourt has always been a very special venue to perform in and I am so pleased to be back for the 2017 summer season.”

With the afternoon music sessions, running on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm, guests can enjoy toe-tapping showstoppers and light classics in the beautiful surroundings of the Spa Suncourt.

On Friday mornings Mr Beaumont hosts a coffee dance, which takes place between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Featuring a full programme of ballroom, Latin, old-time and popular sequence dancing, guests can glide around the dancefloor or relax at the table while enjoying the music.

Originally from Halifax, Mr Beaumont now lives in Scarborough, though his musical talent has taken him around the world.

As a sought-after musician, he is a regular star of BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains, with more than 25 recordings to his name. He was recently featured on Channel 4’s Discovering Britain and BBC4’s Britain in Focus: A Photographic History.

Tickets for Mr Beaumont’s coffee dances and afternoon music concerts are on sale now priced at £3.50. They are available from www.scarboroughspa.co.uk or via the box office on 01723 821888.