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East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club

Telephone Number :  0208 5303717

Email address :  dgfarr46@btinternet.com

Contact name :  Derek and Jill Farr

Venue address : The Churchill Rooms, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, E11 2RQ

About East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club

East London and Essex Organ Society (now know as the East London and Essex EKC) is in its thirty six year! Founded by budding organ players and encouraged by their organ teacher, Martyn Rice, and our Club President, David Thomas, the East London and Essex Organ Society was started in July 1982. The first venue, like so many other organ clubs, was in a public house called the Maypole in Barkingside. In those early days the members entertained themselves, playing organs brought along by our President from the local music shop. Members brought along 'eats' they had made themselves and a good time was had by all. ELEOS started with a membership of 53 and this number soon rose to 64 - not bad for a new club. The pub soon became unsatisfactory, so a search was made to find a new meeting place. Wanstead Library, having a hall called the Churchill Room, looked promising - that was back in 1983 and it has proved very successful, and we have remained there ever since.

Our first artistes were unknown players at that time. To name but a few - our now Club President David Thomas, Danny O'Sullivan and a young man called Mark Brown. As the membership grew, some professional organists were booked to entertain the members. Artiste fees were between £80 and £100 for a concert (a lot different now!). Some of the first real professionals were artistes you will all know - Steve Lowdell, Byron Jones, Robert Beadle and Harry Jackson. The Committee today still endeavours to engage the very best artistes, including some up-and-coming new faces. It is this Club's aim to encourage new talent, as well as supporting the more established organists. Today, because of our roots, we still hold one Members Night a year, where members entertain us and these evenings have proved very popular over the years. The club's first and only cancellation of a concert was way back in January 1987, this was due to severe weather conditions. Some special events have been organised in previous years, namely, two trips to Blackpool to see the lights, with an afternoon visit to the famous Tower Ballroom - a must for organ enthusiasts. We celebrated the Millennium by having two great artistes, Tim Flint and Trevor Daniels.

A newsletter is produced every month by Derek, our Secretary, with a brief resume of the previous month's concert, followed by details of the artiste due to play on the night. It also includes information regarding concerts at other local clubs, plus other items relating to organ and keyboards which may be of interest to members.

The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.50pm


Subscription: £12.00 (under 16's £1.00)

Members admission: £7.00 (under 16's £1.00)

Visitors admission: £9.00

East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club's Concert Diary

January 8thChris Stanbury
March 11thDavid Thomas
May 13thIan House (more details)

Cancelled do to lock,down

June 10thMark Brown (more details)

Cancelled because of lockdown

August 13thAGM/Members Nite (more details)

Cancelled due to virus

November 11thLee Dewsnap
December 9thBrett Wales (more details)

Cancelled because of Covid-19

February 10thJoanne Powell nee Naulls (more details)

Cancelled-corona virus

March 10thJamyma Hanson (more details)

Cancelled due to covid

April 14thJon Smith (more details)

Cancelled due to civic 19

June 9thLewis Scott (more details)

Cancelled due to COVID 19

August 11thAGM/Members Nite
September 8thIan Griffin
October 13thPete Shaw
November 10thBrett Wales
December 8thMark Brown and Bryan McKenzie
February 9thJoanne Powell nee Naulls
March 9thChris Powell
April 13thJon Smith
July 13thPhil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST
August 10thAGM all welcome
September 14thJamyma Hanson
October 12thMatthew Bason
November 9thLewis Scott
December 14thBrett Wales