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Isle Of Man Organ and Keyboard Society

Telephone Number :  01624 662113

Email address :

Contact name :  Ken Errington

Venue address : St Andrews Hall, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, Isle Of Man,

About Isle Of Man Organ and Keyboard Society

In 1972 a number of enthusiastic organ players got together to form what was then known as the Isle of Man Branch of the Hammond Organ Society. In those days the meetings comprised mainly club nights where, naturally, we had Hammond Organs. We were ably assisted by the then well-known music shop, Rushworths of Liverpool, who organised our first concert with Stanley King playing a Hammond C3 with Leslie tone cabinet. From then on we organised our own concerts, the most successful in the early days being that with Robin Richmond playing a Hammond Concorde, owned by a founder member Peter Norris.

As has happened with similar societies, we found it necessary to keep up with the times by changing the name of the society, thus embracing all types of electronic organs and keyboards then available.

Due to our location here in the Isle of Man we have found in the past that it was expensive to get visiting organists here and also we had at times to cover two nights accommodation as well as the cost of travel. Recently, things have improved as regards travel costs and timings, thus reducing the overnight stays to a single night with more flights and sailings being available and at more acceptable costs. Nevertheless, we find that we would be unable to risk putting on more than four concerts each year. Our Club Nights are, therefore, mainly put on with our members doing their own thing on our club organ, {which is the latest in home organs fromOrla). Members also bring along their own keyboards and join in the fun. During several Club Nights we devote the first half of the evening to "Speciality Nights". 

On several evenings we invite members to put on his or her own speciality evening. At Christmas time, of course, we have our Christmas Dinner Evening.

Our normal Club Nights are held in the St. Andrews Hall, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas. This is a modern hall, which has recently been refurbished. It is very well appointed and has comfortable seating, not normally to be found in Church Halls! The Club Nights are held on the first and third Tuesdays in each month throughout the year. The concerts are usually booked depending on the availability of the artiste. 

We held our 30th Anniversary Concert on the 5th February 2002, at the Hilton Hotel, Douglas. Howard Beaumont played our Yamaha AR80 Organ and also the Yamaha CVP 207 piano. It was a great success with 170 guests and members enjoying a wonderful performance from Howard and also from local singer Michelle Grogan who, in 2000, was voted 'BBC Young Chorister of the Year'.

In addition to Membership of our Society we also have what we fondly call "Friends of the Society". These are either non-players or those who actually play but prefer not to be members of any club. Without these Friends we would not be able to put on regular concerts. Their regular support at concerts is invaluable. They have all agreed to have their names added to our list of names and addresses for recipients of our Concert Newsletters. Visitors to our Island also attend our concerts. 

The club usually meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm

Concert admission: £10.00

Club night admission: £3.00

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Isle Of Man Organ and Keyboard Society's Concert Diary

July 3rdChris Mannion