Barnstaple sits astride the River Taw in North Devon and is at the heart of a delightful holiday and tourist area, with stunning scenery both coastal and country close by. The Town itself dates back to the 10th century and is reputed to be one of the oldest boroughs in the land.
The Barnstaple Organ and Keyboard Club is now in its 50th year, having been formed in 1963. Like many clubs it has had mixed fortunes and changed names and venues many times. It currently has its home in the 'Roundswell Community Centre' which is part of the Sainsburys complex on the outskirts of Barnstaple close to the A39 (The Atlantic Highway). The Club enjoys a very supportive membership enabling top artistes to be engaged to entertain.
Back in 1963 when "Hammond" first introduced their home organs to these shores, the proprietor of a local music shop on The Square in Barnstaple - a Mr H.W.Whiting of Nicklins Music Shop (now longer in existence) took the initiative by starting the 'Barnstaple Hammond Organ Society'. The current name came about in the eighties at which time the Clubs President was Armsbee Bancroft, but upon his passing, Paul Roberts of Ilminster, Somerset kindly accepted the Clubs invitation to take over the presidency, and very supportive he is too. Indeed he gave our 40th Anniversary concert in October 2003 in his own distinctive style.
Barnstaple and North Devon in particular attract many visitors at all times of the year -- if you are one of these, why not check out our programme and pay us a visit. We can assure you of a warm welcome.
The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month except for December. Concerts start at 7.45pm
Members admission: £2.00
Visitors admission: £5.00
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|March 26th||Richard Monks|
|April 23rd||Ian Griffin (more details)|
Venue change to St Pauls Church
|June 25th||Nicholas Martin|
|July 23rd||Chris Powell|
|August 27th||Jean Martyn|
|September 24th||Paul Roberts (more details)|
50th Anniversary concert
|October 22nd||Brian Hazelby|
|November 26th||Richard Ellis|
|January 28th||PPK Keyboard Trio|
|April 22nd||Elizabeth Harrison|
|May 27th||David Ingley|
|August 26th||Janet Dowsett|
|November 25th||Richard Monks|