The Society was formed in 1976 by Clacton organists, Allen Warrender and Peter Brock, enrolling the grand total of thirty three members at the Argyle Hotel. After serveral changes of venue in the town centre, and membership growing quite rapidly, the society secured a more permanent venue at the Waverley Hotel that was to be their "home" until 1981. By this time, the founder members had moved on to devote more time to their careers.
In 1981 another new venue was found at the Community Centre in Valley Road, Great Clacton, and the club has gone from strength to strength with a present day membership of around 150 being entertained each month by the country's top artistes.
Our committee consists of myself Vic Wiggins, Chairman, Carol Wiggins, Secretary/joint treasurer, Roger Bellamy, Joint treasurer, and Linda Bellamy committee. It is a small committee but we work well together and all aspects of running the club are covered. We have a small band of volunteers who help each month putting chairs out , running the raffle and helping in the kitchen. There are also other willing members who help to clear up the hall after the concerts.
The main function of the society is to promote live keyboard/organ music in a friendly and social atmosphere, with the emphasis on 'enjoyment'. You don't need to be a player, just come along and enjoy the music performed by the country's leading musicians!
There is a general misconception that the word 'organ' means it is either the traditional theatre organ or a church or classical organ. As much as this view is still appreciated and respected, there is a whole world of difference in the modern day instruments. The sounds that todays artistes produce are amazing. Anything from a full string orchestra or brass band through to an electric guitar or violin, every type of instrument and style is acheived by these multi-talented musicians. So don't be put off by the word organ. Go along to your local club and see and hear for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised we assure you.
Unfortunately June and Norman Brown had to retire from the committee due to June's ill health, but they keep a keen interest in the club,
The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, doors open 7.00pm concert starts at 7.30pm.
Subcription: £16 double, £8 single
Members admission: £5
Visitor admission: £7
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|January 10th||ANNIE THREADKELL|
|February 14th||AGM (more details)|
AND FUN NIGHT
|March 14th||Chiho Sunamoto|
|April 11th||Brett Wales|
|May 9th||Chris Stanbury|
|June 13th||Byron Jones|
|July 11th||DirkJan Ranzijn|
|August 8th||Mark Thompson|
|September 12th||Elizabeth Harrison|
|October 10th||Michael Wooldridge|
|November 14th||David Thomas|
|December 12th||Chris Powell|
|March 13th||Rod Pooley|
|May 8th||Andrew Nix|
|June 12th||Pete Shaw|
|October 9th||Alex Payler|
|November 13th||Andrew Varley|
|December 11th||Tony Stace|
|March 11th||Phil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST|