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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|January 5th||Claire Greig|
|January 19th||Open Night|
|February 2nd||Ian Griffin|
|February 16th||Open Night|
|March 2nd||Len Rawle|
|March 16th||Open Night|
|April 6th||Phil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST|
|April 20th||AGM & Open Night|
|May 4th||Matthew Bason|
|May 18th||Open Night|
|June 1st||Daniel Watt FLCM|
|June 15th||Open Night|
|July 6th||Leigh Wilbraham|
|July 20th||Open night|
|August 3rd||Jon Smith|
|August 17th||Open Night|
|September 7th||John Cooper|
|September 21st||Open Night|
|October 5th||Jean Martyn ATCL LGSM|
|October 19th||Open Night|
|November 2nd||Ian House|
|November 16th||Christmas Open Night|
|December 7th||Brett Wales|
|December 14th||Carol Marie Bradbury (more details)|
CHristmas Party. Ticket only
|February 1st||Pete Shaw|
|March 1st||Dave Smith|
|May 3rd||Mark Thompson|
|July 5th||David Lobban|
|August 2nd||Andrew Nix|
|October 4th||John Cooper|
|December 6th||DirkJan Ranzijn|