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L to R Fran & Clive Fitchford, Barbara & Malcolm Wild, Chris & Tony Lawton, Shirley & Bill Ford, Yvonne & Peter Rushton

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North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club

Telephone Number :  01782 858907

Email address :  tonylawton1@ntlworld.com

Contact name :  Tony Lawton

Venue address : Wolstanton High Street Club, High Street, Wolstanton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 0HE

About North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club

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.

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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North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club's Photo Gallery

Some of our Open Night players Open Night - Keyboards at the ready Brett Wales in concert Playathon for Alzheimer's Society 40th Anniversary Cake Brett Wales at 40th Party Noddy & helper collecting for Alzheimer's Society   Brett Wales in concert

North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club's Concert Diary

2017
January 5thClaire Greig
January 19thOpen Night
February 2ndIan Griffin
February 16thOpen Night
March 2ndLen Rawle
March 16thOpen Night
April 6thPhil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST
April 20thAGM & Open Night
May 4thMatthew Bason
May 18thOpen Night
June 1stDaniel Watt FLCM
June 15thOpen Night
July 6thLeigh Wilbraham
July 20thOpen night
August 3rdJon Smith
August 17thOpen Night
September 7thJohn Cooper
September 21stOpen Night
October 5thJean Martyn ATCL LGSM
October 19thOpen Night
November 2ndIan House
November 16thChristmas Open Night
December 7thBrett Wales
December 14thCarol Marie Bradbury (more details)

CHristmas Party. Ticket only

2018
March 1stDave Smith