The Tommy Reilly Web Site

Old News Archive

  • We are looking at reissuing more of the tuition material developed by Tommy Reilly - his chromatic harmonica instruction course, his books and sheet music. If you are interested, check back here often or sign up for the TRNews Newsletter which will go out when ever we have any more news.

  • Douglas Tate, a former World Champion and pupil of Tommy Reilly, died on November 16th 2005 aged 71. He had recently edited Tommy's book, "Studies for the Chromatic Harmonica" so it could be be reissued - see below. You can read more about Douglas on the web site maintained by his wife Barbara.

  • It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Robert Farnon passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning, 23 April 2005, aged 87, at his home in the Channel Islands. He was a prolific and successful composer who will be remembered by harmonica players world wide for his Prelude and Dance for Harmonica & Orchestra which he wrote for his friend Tommy Reilly. They were both Canadians and he maintained his links with the Reilly family until his death. The composition was premiered for King Olav V of Norway in 1967 and it was the first time Tommy had played the silver harmonica he had designed and had made by a silversmith in London. You can hear the performance of Prelude and Dance which they recorded together in London in 1968 on the Chandos CD CHAN 9248.

    You can purchase this Chandos Harmonica Concertos CD by clicking here.

  • For more information visit the web site of The Robert Farnon Society

    To hear the begining of the Prelude and Dance for Harmonica & Orchestra, click here.

  • Ena, Tommy's widow, organised a celebration of Tommy's life on the latest anniversary of his death on Sept 25th, 2001.
    For more details and images click here. You may want to save the file and then play it.

  • This site is being worked on and new material will be added as it becomes available.

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