Founded 1978 President and Patron: Mr. C. Curtin
Welcome to the Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club. Our venue is The Parkhill Hotel, Oulton, Lowestoft NR32 5DQ. We have use of a wonderful old building, a converted barn, specially equipped to hold such events as our Club.
We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6.30pm for a 7pm start and 9.30pm finish. Refreshments are served during the interval but other drinks can be purchased anytime from the Hotel bar.
Professional Concerts are held on the Second Tuesday of each month, except December and January, when Club Specials are organised by the Committee and generally include a Buffet. Admission :- £ 6.00
Players' and Social evenings are held on the Fourth Tuesday of each month. Members and visitors have the opportunity and are encouraged to play the Club's own Yamaha Tyros 5 (76) keyboard and an Orla Modena Organ. Also we have occasional use of a member's Yamaha DGX660 Piano. Admission:- £ 3.00
Annual Club Subscription of £6.00 has now been re-introduced following a majority vote at the Club AGM on 25th June 2019. On receipt of the subscription, each member will be issued with a LOAK Club membership card which gives information concerning the Club plus the next 12 month’s programme.
We are a very friendly Club and always welcome visitors from other Clubs and new members. Although we are an Organ and Keyboard Club you don't have to play to join us. Many people come along and listen to the music and enjoy the social occasion. Several of our members, including one of the Committee, don't play at all. while others play at home, but choose not to play at the Club.
The Concert list below, shows visiting artists who play a full range of music types from old time, jazz, musicals, classical modern and so much more. If you wish to “try us out” your admission charge is free. This is your chance to sit back, relax, enjoy the music and the social ambiance.
Last September the Club, which was founded in 1978, commenced celebrating it's 40th Anniversary. We were hosted and entertained by our President and Patron, Mr Con Curtin, Allens Music, Great Yarmouth, and his Staff. Presentations were made to three of our current members who were involved with the founding of the Club. Also during this event, one of our members generously presented the Club with an Orla Modena organ.
Continuing with our Celebrations and to further promote the Club, we provided a Christmas tree for a local annual Christmas tree festival held at the end of November. The tree was decorated with musically themed baubles, many of which were hand made by members of the Committee. Also included was a minature Tyros keyboard at the base of the tree and a fairy holding an even smaller Tyros keyboard on top of the tree!! New promotional Club leaflets were made available by the tree. Over 3000 visitors attended the event and our tree was voted 15th out of 60 entrants.
Christmas celebrations included our annual Christmas lunch at our venue Parkhill Hotel, and a Christmas Social night on December 9th, when entertainment and nibbles were provided by the Committee.
The Club's first meeting of 2019 began in a similar way, with a Club Social night. Several special events are planned for the rest of the year including a Charity Concert in aid of SHIMS (local branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society on 19th May 2019.
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|January 8th||Club Special|
|February 12th||David Thomas|
|March 12th||Pete Shaw|
|April 9th||Elizabeth Harrison|
|May 14th||Mark Thompson|
|June 11th||Brett Wales|
|July 9th||Daniel Watt FLCM|
|August 13th||Annie Theadkell|
|September 10th||David Last|
|October 8th||DirkJan Ranzijn (more details)|
|November 12th||David Harrild|
|December 10th||Christmas Social evening (more details)|
|January 14th||Steve Lowdell|
|February 11th||Tom Hind|
|March 10th||Michael Sullivan|
|April 14th||Phil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST|
|May 12th||David Ingley|
|June 9th||Steve Hubble|
|July 14th||Lee Dewsnap|
|August 11th||Peter Day|
|October 13th||Tony Stace|
|November 10th||Andrew Nix|
|November 11th||Elizabeth Harrison|
|December 8th||Christmas Social Evening|
|February 9th||Chris Powell|
|March 9th||Mark Spafford|
|April 13th||Stuart Burr (more details)|
Parkhill Hotel, Lowestoft - 7pm start