The Guernsey Electronic Organ Society, which at present has a membership of nearly 90, was formed in 1969 and its first evening event was on 16th July of that year with guest artist the late George Blackmore. George was a popular organist and visited the Island on many occasions after that first meeting.
The Society was known in the early days as the "Hammond Organ Society (Guernsey Branch)" and it remained so until the end of 1976 when the name was changed to the "Guernsey Organ Society". One of the reasons for this change was to permit the full use of the wide range of organs that were available to the home enthusiast. It has since been further changed to it's present format to reflect a more softened and approachable image. Also at some concerts keyboards are used alongside the Society's Yamaha EL 90 with a fantastic amplifier and speakers that give a room filling sound.
The format of the Society's evenings has not changed a great deal over the past 41 years. The whole object of the monthly "get together" of members and friends on concert evenings is to listen to the playing of organ music. By this is meant the whole spectrum of melody from the classics, through the popular range of organ standards, music from the shows, latin american to jazz and the top 20.
Usually on the third Wednesday (occasionally differs) of each month the Society invites a well-known organist (sometimes one not so well known!) as guest artist for the evening. Each has his or her own style and over the months members have the opportunity of hearing players who have made music their life.
The monthly concerts are held at St Margarets Lodge Hotel . Other social functions are arranged by the Committee and include an annual Dinner, B.B.Q and other social events
Membership is open to young and old. Why not join the Society and be amongst friends who enjoy either listening to or playing the organ? Full details from any Committee member.
One of the prime objects of the Society is set out in the Rules - to encourage and further the knowledge and pleasure of organ music.
What better way to relax?
Concerts start at 8pm and usually meet on the third Wednesday of the month except for September in 2010.
Subscription rate: Adult £10.00 Junior (under 16 years) £3.00
Member admission: Adult £ 6.00 Junior (under 16 years) 50p
Visitors: Adult £ 8.00 Junior (under 16 years) £1.50
GUESTS ARE MADE WELCOME!
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|January 4th||Elizabeth Harrison (more details)|
Open Day from 3pm - 8pm. All welcome. Free Admission.
|February 20th||Paul McCulloch|
|March 20th||Paul Crofts|
|April 17th||James Goff|
|June 19th||Claire Greig|
|July 17th||Elizabeth Harrison|
|August 21st||Member Evening|
|September 18th||Janet Dowsett|
|October 16th||Mark Thompson|
|November 20th||Andrew Nix|