David trained as a pianist, later progressing to the classical organ. Whilst a teenager he worked as a church organist and choir master. Bored with the church organists life, he went on to study modern harmony and popular music. This led to his fascination with the cinema pipe organ.
Two Cinema organists were to influence David, Vic Hammett, who not only gave him a great deal of encouragement but also arranged for him to try his first Cinema organ and Sydney Gustard, a pioneering Cinema organist, who instilled in David a love for the 'English' style of Cinema organ playing.By the late 1960's David could be found most weekends entertaining the east end crowds at the 'Rex' Stratford E15. Although a bingo hall when David played there, the building had been a cinema and still contained its Wurlitzer organ. By the early 1970s he had become a full time electronic organ demonstrator for a chain of music shops stretching across East Anglia.
For the last forty years David has travelled all over the country, performing in his very individual, vintage, English style. David has played for Granada theatres and the Rank organisation. He first played for the Cinema Organ Society in 1972 and the Theatre Organ Club in 1973. Occasionally he gives recitals of British light music on church organs.
David Ivory has been the resident organist since the Museum's opening in 1982. His work consists mainly of entertaining the various groups who book the Museum for private tours plus helping maintain the Wurlitzer and other instruments.
To learn more and to see David's concert listing visit his website - www.davidivory.co.uk