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Bristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society

Telephone Number :  0117 9613315

Email address :  gjwall@blueyonder.co.uk

Contact name :  Graham Wall

Venue address : St Albans Church Hall, Bayswater Avenue, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7NU

About Bristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society


Music to suit everyone is the keynote of the Bristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society and we are now in our 53rd year. Our club is known for giving a friendly welcome and we try to encourage regular and new enthusiasts to attend our concerts. Visitors to the area are always welcome.

Our programmes are designed to provide a variety of music styles over the year played by tried and trusted artistes as well as a few new faces.

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Annual subscription is £4 for individual members and £5 for a joint membership. Concert admission fees are £8 for members and £9 for guests. Like most clubs around the country we are seeking more members.

Our President is founder member and organist, Colin Godfrey.Our Chairman is Graham Wall and Vice Chairman is Tony Paine. Other committee members are Anne Moore, Philip Gaines, Heather and Margaret Paine.

With the exception of January in which there is no meeting, club nights are held on the second Friday of the month. Doors open at 7.15 pm for a 7.45 pm start.

Enquiries are always welcome, either by telephone or email.

Parking is available in the school playground next door from 7 pm.


It is with sadness that we have to announce the closure of the Society at the end of 2019. Like so many other organ clubs, our membership and concert attendance has been declining for some time and it is no longer financially viable to continue to present organ concerts.

Our final concert will be held on Friday 13th December when Ian Griffin will be playing for our Christmas concert and a celebration of our success and achievements in presenting live music concerts for 55 years.

We are indebted to our Founder and first Chairman Leslie Baker and his daughter Anne who assisted him in running the Society from inception. Anne was committed and involved in the Society both as Chairman on Leslie's retirement and later as Vice President until 2017 when she sadly passed away.

We extend thanks to all those who have contributed to the success of the Society including our Officers and Committee, many of whom have held their positions and served us admirably for many years, and also to our members for their loyal support.

To all of the artistes who have entertained so well over the years, our thanks for your talented contributions and friendship. Thank You For The Music.


Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebration

On 12th July 1965, a young organist played a Hammond A-100 at the foundation of the Bristol Hammond Organ Society.

On 12th July 2015, that same organist, Keith Beckingham, returned and played the same Hammond A-100 to launch the Society's Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebration.

Our Founder and first Chairman, Leslie Baker, Managing Director of Churchill's of Bristol always provided organs for the Society's concerts and the Hammond A-100 later became his own personal instrument. On his retirement, he was succeeded by daughter, Anne as Chairman and she donated the organ to the Society. The organ remained with the Society until 2010 when it became necessary to dispose of it and is now owned by our good friend, Byron Jones. The Society is now unique in the world having retained its link with Hammond in its name since foundation.

The celebration was well attended by over 100 members and guests including three Founder members. We were also delighted and honoured to welcome the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith and her consort, Dr Ian Campion-Smith who joined us during our refreshment interval for the remainder of the evening.

The audience were treated to some wonderful music and entertainment by our artistes. Keith Beckingham got the celebration under way with a lively selection of music on the Hammond. This was followed by Byron Jones with an excellent concert starting on Wersi Scala and then moving to the Hammond, demonstrating the versatility of the organ playing in his own style and in complete contrast to Keith's concert.

After the refreshment break, Keith returned for another short concert on Hammond before our final artiste, John Mann took to the stage. John delighted our audience with a concert on Hammond and piano in his inimitable style. A fine mixed programme of music was performed, interspersed with anecdotes and stories, keeping the audience well entertained and amused.

After a short break, the finale started with a perennial favourite, "The Dream of Olwen" played by Byron and John on Wersi and piano. They were then joined by Keith for a traditional sing-a-long followed by a rousing performance of "The Dambuster's March". The concert ended with a fine rendition by artistes and audience of the eminently suitable "We'll Meet Again".

The celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by members and guests alike and was a wonderful tribute for the Society's Jubilee. Thanks to Keith, Byron and John for entertaining us so well and special thanks fo Byron and Terry for their support and providing the instruments.Our thanks to the Officers, Committee and all those involved in the organisation for such an enjoyable day and for the support of our members. Our thanks to Tim Moody for taking and providing our Jubilee photographs.

We also remember, with gratitude, all of the Society's past Officers, Committee and members who have contributed so much to our success over the years in the achievement of our Golden Jubilee.


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Bristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society's Photo Gallery

Vice President Anne Baker with the Lord Mayor The Lord Mayor's Consort talking with members John Mann entertaining on piano The final flourish featuring all artistes in our finale The President and Chairman welcome the Lord Mayor and Consort The Lord Mayor with our members John Mann palying the Hammond A-100 The President and Vice President cut the cake Byron with Anne Baker and Diane Merchant Byron Jones entertains on Wersi Scala Keith Beckingham chats to the audience Keith Beckingham starts the Celebration on Hammond A-100 Jubilee Anniversary Cake

Bristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society's Concert Diary

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