David Ivory Sheffield.
Photo Courtesy of Wayne Ivany

David Ivory has worked as a musician in the entertainment industry for well over 50 years.

As a youth he played church organ. His last church appointment was as the organist and choirmaster of the large parish church of St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds, which in those days maintained a choir of 16 boys and 10 men.

Whilst studying musical instrument repair (he is a professional member of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers) David became the Saturday night organist of a Bingo Hall in London's east end. The building had been a cinema and still contained its original Wurlitzer pipe organ, complete with lift. It was there that several influential people heard David play which resulted in him receiving numerous concert bookings.

David also toured the clubs with a Hammond organ, undertook session work and demonstrated electronic ’home organs’ for a large East Anglian chain of music shops.

As well as recitals David is very well known for his sensitive accompaniment of silent films. Silent film is something of a family tradition - his grandfather ran an 800 seat “Kinema" in the East Midlands throughout the 1920s.

David has made many appearances on radio and television and had the honour of being elected Patron of the
Theatre Organ Club for the year 2012.

He played organ professionally for both Granada Theatres and the Rank Organisation, was the resident organist at the Mechanical Music Museum in Suffolk for 35 years and is now the principal organist at the Grange Musical Collection, Palgrave, Suffolk.