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.
On February 7th 2019 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. The evening commenced with a light afternoon tea, followed by conceert performances by John Cooper and Paul Carman closing with a cabaret spot by Paul.
Tony (Chairman) & his wife Chris (membership secretary) were honoured for their 25 years service, with a presentation from all members & committee of beautiful inscribed plaques, flowers, champagne and a cheque for £200. They were both overwhelmed by the members generous donations and were completely unaware that anything had been orgnaised.
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 holds a concert on the 1st Thursday of the month at 8pm and our Open Night is on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30pm
Subscription: £6.00 single, £11.00 dual
Members Concert admission: £4.00
Visitors Concert admission: £6.00
Open Night £1.00 Members & Guests
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|February 21st||Open Night|
|March 7th||Dave Smith|
|March 21st||Open Night|
|April 4th||Jon Smith (more details)|
This replaces the previously advertised concert
|April 18th||AGM + Open Night|
|May 2nd||Tony Stace|
|May 16th||Open Night|
|June 6th||David Thomas|
|June 20th||Open Night|
|July 4th||Brett Wales|
|July 18th||Open Night|
|August 1st||David Harrild|
|August 15th||Open Night|
|September 5th||Pete Shaw|
|September 19th||Open Night|
|October 3rd||Jean Martyn ATCL LGSM|
|October 17th||Open Night|
|November 7th||Nicholas Martin B.E.M.|
|November 21st||Open Night|
|December 5th||Steve Hubble|
|December 12th||Christmas Open Night|