The club is very pleased to announce that Anne Reed was invited to become our new Chairman at the last AGM held in May 2014. She is looking forward to taking the club forward, although it will not be an easy task as Tony will be a hard act to follow. The committee are fully behind Anne in further growing the club built on the foundations and ideals left by Tony.
We are very pleased to announce that Chris Stanbury has accepted our invitation to become club President as from June 2011 and we look forward to our association with Chris over the coming years. Chris's great talent and experience will be an inspiration to all our players and we warmly welcome him to the club.
ASCOT ORGAN and KEYBOARD CLUB is a friendly club that meets monthly. It holds a mixture of professional and amateur nights and the occasional charity evening. This not only raises money for good causes, but also promotes the club. The club tries to give younger artistes just starting on the circuit a chance as well as the "OLD" favourites. As you will see from our concert diary there is a good selection of top artistes covering many styles of music. Refreshments are included in the entrance fee so why not come along and hear some of the best professional organists play - or just listen to some of the local talent you didn't know existed!
Quite a few of our members have their own organs or keyboards. All try to help each other where possible, and encourage each other to play at our amateur evenings, when players can bring along their own instruments (organs by prior arrangement with the Chairman) or play the club organ, a Technics GA1. A light hearted competition is held annually and awards are presented to the most improved and the most entertaining players. The club is always glad to welcome amateur players to show off their talents. Their family, friends and all those wishing to have an evening of live music in friendly surroundings are also welcome at all meetings. This includes members of other clubs who are visiting the area.
In July the club holds a summer social with a fish & chip supper and a very relaxed atmosphere. This gives members who have not played before the chance to "have-a-go" with less pressure. Our charity night held in October 2009 was in aid of Help for Heroes, in which the club was able to raise just over £1000 for this worthwhile cause. There are several photographs from this event shown in the gallery. In November 2011 we held our latest charity night in aid of our local MS society raising £1100. Further details below.
The club is very well run by a dedicated and hard working committee. It has a reputation for being one of the friendliest and welcoming clubs in the country.
The club usually meets on the third Friday of the month for a 7:45pm start.
Members admission: £5.00
Visitors admission: £6.00
Club nights are charged at £3.00 for members and £4.00 for guests.
Charity Night - We did it!
We held our charity night on 4th November to raise funds for the local branch of the MS society. As normal on these occasions, five members of the 'Ascot all Stars' provided the entertainment for the evening. David Lawrence on keyboard, played among other pieces a super ballad composed by himself. Paul Nelson played his Tyros, Phil Holden a Korg keyboard and Gill Coombs the GA1. To kick off the evening an interesting variation was provided by Angus Beckley playing his Fender guitar.
An absolutely fantastic auction and raffle took place with all prizes generously donated by local businesses and club members. They even included a Ferrari jacket! A wonderful cake stall with all the goodies made by members helped the local slimming club gain some extra members. There was also a book stall, card and craft stalls as well as a bric-a-brac stall. At the end of the evening came the most important part, how much we raised! The sum of £1100 was gratefully received by the chairman of the local MS society, Chris Weeks. A super result. However since then another £355.00 has been added to the total.
The club usually holds a charity evening about every two years. The committee and club members have great fun organising these events, raising funds for local causes. Over the last few years we have managed to raise just over £4870 with only 110 members (limited by the size of the hall). It is surprising how many people come along to these charity events who have never heard of the club before, but then come back as guests and some even join when there are membership vacancies.
We are very fortunate at Ascot to have so many members, 10 at this moment, who are able and willing to play, some to a very high standard. Perhaps an event like this could help some of the clubs that are struggling and maybe boost their membership. Go on, give it a go, you might even enjoy it!
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|February 17th||Amateur Night|
|March 17th||Rod Pooley (more details)|
|April 21st||Amateur Night|
|May 19th||Chris Stanbury (more details)|
AGM 7:30 Start
|June 9th||Brett Wales|
|July 21st||Summer Social|
|August 18th||Paul Carman|
|September 15th||Amateur Night|
|October 20th||Mark Thompson|
|November 17th||Cup Final Night! (more details)|
Most Improved & Most Entertaining club player
|December 2nd||Jon Smith (more details)|
Christmas Party - Ticket Only
|January 19th||Andrew Nix|