The North Staffs Organ & Keyboard Club (formerly The North Staffs Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club) was formed in 1969 by a group of electronic organ enthusiasts, whose interest was, as is now, listening to and watching some of the top organists in the U.K.
Concert nights are held on the first Thursday of each month, starting at 8pm, featuring a top professional organist. We aim to give a balance of type of player, i.e. modern electronic/theatre/middle of-the- road etc. and a variety of makes of organ, to cover a wide range of musical tastes from month to month.
On the third Thursday of each month, we hold an 'Open Night', starting at 8:00 pm,(from June 2017) when our own members and guests entertain us, playing the Club's own organ, or bringing their own. The Club owns a Ringway RS600 as a good all round organ catering for all tastes.The club also owns a Yamaha Digital piano & Tyros 5.
We give full encouragement to beginners and experienced players alike, whether playing a simple piece of music, or a complicated arrangement. We also, from time to time, ask a local organ dealer to give a demonstration of the latest instruments, or a talk about an organ-related subject.
The Open Nights provide a warm social evening, when fellow 'Organ Nuts' can get together to talk about their favourite subject, and make new friends. New members and guests are made very welcome, and quickly become 'one of the family'.
We own a video projector, screen and cameras and are able to project a close up of concert organists hands in action. It is a far better alternative to the stage mirrors that many organists use. This was made possible due to a successful application to 'Awards For All' (lottery funding). This, along with our stage lighting and effects, has made an incredible improvement to our members' enjoyment, and visiting artistes have been very impressed by the professional way in which we stage our concert nights. We are also able to connect a laptop computer to the projector for presentations, advertising and are finding more and more ways to use our new equipment.
In 2009 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a party which was free to all members in recognition of their loyalty and support. BRETT WALES entertained a packed room of 132 members with a concert/dancing who then enjoyed a buffet and birthday cake. Everybody enjoyed a great evening and are now looking forward to the 50th!
We regularly raise money for local charities by organising 'Playathons' in supermarkets and shopping centres. Our members are very supportive of these events either by volunteering to play their keyboards or by collecting. As well as being a lot of fun, attracting new members and getting ourselves known in the area, we have so far raised well over £7,000 for Air Ambulance, Arch, DMH, Alzheimer's Society, Breast Cancer awareness, local church organ restoration fund & Diabetes UK
The club usually meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 8pm and the 3rd Thursday of the month for Open Night.
Subscription: £5.00 single, £9.00 dual
Members Concert admission: £3.00
Visitors Concert admission: £4.00
Open Night £1.00 Members & Guests
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|January 4th||Pete Shaw|
|January 18th||Open Night|
|February 15th||Open Night|
|March 1st||Dave Smith|
|March 15th||Open Night|
|April 5th||John Bowdler|
|April 19th||AGM + Open Night|
|May 3rd||Mark Thompson|
|May 17th||Open Night|
|June 7th||Chris Powell|
|June 21st||Open Night|
|July 5th||David Lobban|
|July 19th||Open Night|
|August 2nd||Andrew Nix|
|August 16th||Open Night|
|September 6th||Paul Carman|
|September 20th||Open Night|
|October 4th||John Cooper|
|October 18th||Open Night|
|November 1st||Matthew Bason|
|November 15th||Christmas Open Night|
|December 6th||DirkJan Ranzijn|
|December 13th||Carol Marie Bradbury (more details)|
Christmas Party. Ticket only
|January 3rd||Elizabeth Harrison|
|November 7th||Nicholas Martin B.E.M.|