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', again starting at 8 pm, when our own members and guests entertain us, playing the Club's own organ, or bringing their own. The Club owns a Yamaha EL-90 as a good all round organ catering for all tastes.
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 recognision 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 £6,000 for Air Ambulance, Arch, DMH and Breast Cancer awareness.
Our latest venture took place on 3rd December 2011 in the Roebuck Shopping Centre in Newcastle. We were delighted to raise £650 for The Alzheimer's Society.
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 3rd||Paul Carman|
|January 17th||Open Night|
|February 7th||Michael Wooldridge|
|February 21st||Open Night|
|March 7th||Andrew Nix|
|March 21st||Open Night|
|April 4th||Mark Lee|
|April 18th||AGM & Open Night|
|May 2nd||Claudia Hirschfeld (more details)|
|May 16th||Open Night|
|June 6th||David Lobban|
|June 20th||Open Night|
|July 4th||Phil Brown|
|July 18th||Open Night|
|August 1st||Andrew Varley|
|August 15th||Open Night|
|September 5th||Matthew Bason|
|September 19th||Open Night|
|October 3rd||Pete Shaw|
|October 17th||Open Night|
|November 7th||Dave Smith|
|November 21st||Open Night|
|December 5th||Tim Flint|
|December 12th||Christmas Party with Carol Bradbury http://carolbradburymusic.co.uk/ (more details)|
|January 2nd||John Cooper|
|October 2nd||Jean Martyn|
|November 6th||Brett Wales|