Cookhill is a small, quiet and beautiful village on the border of Worcestershire and Warwickshire on the A441 Redditch to Evesham road, about 12 miles from Stratford on Avon, 8 miles from Evesham, 5 miles from Redditch and 3 miles from Alcester. Local visitor attractions, in addition to Stratford on Avon with its Royal Shakespeare Theatre, include Ragley Hall and Coughton Court.
The Cookhill Keyboard Club, formed in 1994 due largely to the foresight, initiative and enthusiasm of one man, Ernest Huggins, is quite unlike most organ and keyboard societies in that it does not run a monthly programme of concerts by touring professional organists. Rather, the Club is a forum for anyone interested in keyboard or organ music whether as a player or a listener. it is very much a 'hands-on' club, giving all members the opportunity to play whether they are advanced players and confident or beginners and more diffident.
The Music Coordinator organises opportunities for intermediate and more advanced ensembles. At each meeting, time is allocated for more able players to entertain and a short concert at the end of the evening by one of the members or an external guest provides a fitting climax to an excellent social and musical evening. The Club also provides opportunities for members of all levels to join a 'Background Music Group' which plays during the first half-hour whilst members and guests arrive.
The Club also organises three Professional Celebrity Concerts in March, July and November of each year, given by leading UK and International organists, with the latter entitled "The Ernie Huggins Memorial Concert" in honour.of the Club's Founder who passed away in August 2005.
The Club is very proud to have a local leading performer, David Ingley, as its Patron giving us access to hisr valuable experience, advice and guidance in development of the Club.
A friendly welcome is assured for anyone, player or listener, wishing to join or visit the Club.
The club usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm
Subscription: £5.00 Members admission: £1.50 Visitors admission: £2.50
In the concert diary below, those with a single asterisk are experienced Club members playing at the end of the Club evening for about 45 minutes. Those with two asterisks are invited guest professionals playing a 75 minute performance. Those in capitals without an asterisk, in March, July and November, form the Club's three main Celebrity Concerts with a full 2 hour concert.
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|January 4th||David Ingley|
|February 1st||Steven Gill**|
|March 1st||Adrian Wyld *|
|March 24th||TONY STACE (more details)|
Spring Celebrity Concert
|April 5th||Tony Hasson|
|May 3rd||Adam Evans**|
|June 7th||John Parker*|
|July 5th||Matthew Bason**|
|July 21st||MARK THOMPSON (more details)|
Summer Celebrity Concert
|August 2nd||Tony Whittaker**|
|September 6th||Steven Gill**|
|October 4th||Brian Kinson* & Norma Brown*|
|November 1st||John Hodgetts **|
|November 17th||BRETT WALES (more details)|
Ernie Huggins Memorial Concert
|December 8th||T.B.A. (more details)|
Xmas Celebration Event
|January 3rd||David Ingley|
|March 23rd||Michael Wooldridge|
|July 4th||Chris Powell|
|July 20th||DirkJan Ranzijn|
|November 16th||Chiho Sunamoto|
|December 7th||Matthew Bason (more details)|
Xmas Celebration Event
|March 15th||Tony Stace|
|July 19th||Mark Thompson|
|November 22nd||Chris Powell|