Our Committee. left to right Clive & Fran Fitchford, Tony Lawton (Chairman) Chris Lawton (Membership Secretary), Malcolm Wild (Secretary & Vice Chairman), Barbara Wild, Bill & Shirley Ford, Peter & Yvonne Rushton, Sue Bowers (Treasurer), Colin Bowers.

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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 & 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 will celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The evening will commence with a light afternoon tea, followed by conceert performances by John Cooper and Paul Carman closing with a cabaret spot by Paul. Tickets for this event will be available at a later date.

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

Our Venue

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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

2018
October 18thOpen Night
November 1stMatthew Bason
November 15thChristmas Open Night
December 6thDirkJan Ranzijn
December 13thCarol Marie Bradbury (more details)

Christmas Party. Ticket only

2019
January 3rdElizabeth Harrison
January 17thOpen Night
February 7thJohn Cooper (more details)

50th Anniversary

February 7thPaul Carman (more details)

50th Anniversary

February 21stOpen Night
March 7thDave Smith
March 21stOpen Night
April 4thChiho Sunamoto
April 18thAGM = Open Night
May 2ndTony Stace
May 16thOpen Night
June 6thDavid Thomas
June 20thOpen Night
July 4thBrett Wales
July 18thOpen Night
August 1stDavid Harrild
August 15thOpen Night
September 5thPete Shaw
September 19thOpen Night
October 3rdJean Martyn ATCL LGSM
October 17thOpen Night
November 7thNicholas Martin B.E.M.
November 21stOpen Night
December 5thSteve Hubble
December 12thCarol Marie Bradbury (more details)

Christmas Party. Ticket only