The Medway Organ Club was founded in 1969 by John Edwards and Jim Layzell of Medway Organs, together with a group of local organ enthusiasts. The Club was started at "The Ash Tree Public House" in Chatham and after a number of moves, both large and small, we are now based at the Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Rainham, Kent ME8 9PN.
During 2010 the Community Centre underwent a massive renovation and is entirely different to how it used to be. We have an overhead video projector and drop down screen to focus on the artiste's keyboards by using four differently positioned cameras. The cameras give an excellent viewpoint; the hall has permanent lighting specifically provided for our concerts.
We now call ourselves the The Medway Music Club to reflect the change from organs to keyboards and how modern keyboards sound more lifelike and like a live orchestra or band.
The seating area has been much enhanced with new comfortable seats, with most folk sitting theatre style and some at individual tables; we are hoping to be able to increase the capacity beyond our present 140. The hall has a kitchenette with an oven so that we can continue to provide our famed "hot sausage rolls" during the interval. Tea, coffee and cakes are also available. and a new bar area serving a variety of drinks.
Guests are made welcome at our meetings and members of other clubs often visit us.
As well as the excellent selection of professional musicians booked to play for us, a club member is invited to play a preamble for half an hour prior to the concert. Gary Teague is our resident 'preamble' player. A raffle usually takes place at the end of the interval.
There is a large, free public car park adjacent to the hall. The needs of wheelchair users are fully accommodated. Please note that some satellite navigation devices, and the map provided on this website, are a little inaccurate in locating the hall; the hall shares its car park with an easily visible church (St Paul's).
The club usually meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.00pm for 7.30pm, finishing soon after 10.00pm.
Subscription: £12.00 full members, £10.00 senior citizens.
Members admission: £7.00
Visitors admission: £8.00
|Michael Wooldridge (more details)
with top drummer Gareth Thompson
|Jean Martyn ATCL LGSM