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Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)

Telephone Number :  01255 428628   or   07774802935

Email address :  vicwiggins@yahoo.co.uk

Contact name :  Vic and Carol Wiggins

Venue address : Community Hall, Valley Road, Great Clacton, Essex, CO15 4AR

About Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)

 

Club Information

PLEASE NOTE  We are pleased to announce that we are back!!  Starting on September 8th with Annie. This is a stand alone evening to assess the response after 18 months being closed. Entrance for this evening only is £5 members and visitors. So come along and let's get back to enjoying live music again.

All concerts for 2022 are subject to change depending on the circumstances concerning covid at the time

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.

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our dearest friend and ex-treasurer June Brown after a lengthy illness. June, along with husband Norman were on the team of Harmony Weekends with Brenda Hayward in the early eiighties.Both were keen organists and were on the committee until illness forced their retirement. We send our deepest condolences to Norman and his family at this very sad time.

 

The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, doors open 7.00pm concert starts at 7.30pm.

 

Subcription: £10 per person per year

Members admission: £5

Visitor admission: £8

Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)'s Photo Gallery

Julie Wiggins ready for her concert Carol in festive spirits!! 2010 Vic and Carol members enjoying a social night Our AGM Committee meeting Vic keeping things in order!!  Our new committee members Roger & Linda

Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)'s Concert Diary

2022
February 9thAGM ollowed by vocalist Lee Kamara
March 9thClaire Greig
April 13thBrett Wales
June 8thMark Thompson
July 13thMatthew Bason
August 10thStuart Burr
September 14thRod Pooley
October 12thLewis Scott
November 9thJon Smith
December 14thChris Powell (more details)

Duet Xmas show with Joanne Powell

2023
March 8thElizabeth Harrison
new