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Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club

Telephone Number :  01603 745544

Email address :  norwichorganistsclub@talktalk.net

Contact name :  Martin Drake

Venue address : Drayton Village Hall, Pond Lane, Norwich, NR86PP

About Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club

Hi and welcome to the Norwich Organists Club, or  actually our new name THE NORWICH ELECTRONIC ORGAN & KEYBOARD CLUB. As a club we have been around for over 30 years but like a lot of clubs have had a few hard times in the past few years. However in 2010 we moved from the Royal British Legion premises to a lovely new venue at Drayton Village Hall and our numbers have been steadily increasing ever since. The hall is situated next to the Drayton Red Lion Pub on the A1067 road out of Nowich, it's about 3 miles out from Asda.

We always meet on the last Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30pm and to encourage new members we only charge £6 on the door with no additional membership fee to pay. We are a friendly bunch and just want you to come and join us for a light hearted evening of excellent music and entertainment provided by one of the many leading professional organists this country has to offer, occasionally we have organists from further afield too!

As you will see from the list below we have some very good players lined up for you in 2014. So do come if you can, and if it's your first time please look me up (Martin, I'm the chairman) and lets have a mardle (sorry that's Norfolk for a chat).

Tuesday 26th August  Ryan Edwards with his Yamaha EL- 900 made the round trip from Worksop to give us an excellent evening of varied music, which I'm sure suited all tastes judging from the remarks from the audience going out of the door at the end of the concert. A very personable man with lots of talent and an obvious love of good music from classical to modern and everything in-between, his genuine enthusiasm for sharing it with his audience rubbed off on us all from the opening Light Cavalry Overture to the ethereal and fiery Lord of the Dance finale.

A dixie-land version of Gershwin's Nice Work If You Can Get It, beautiful pan-pipes and strings in James Last's Morning in Cornwall, the big classical organ sound of George Blackmore's Festal Day and a sudden change of mood to Glen Miller reeds and brass gave us an early taste of the diverse characteristic of Ryan's programme for the evening. This continued with George Fleury's Cocamba (a very rhythmical samba with a catchy bass pattern on the foot pedals - requiring Ryan to take off his jacket and get down to what he described as ''for me, the best 3 minutes of my first half''), the sensitive Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, Maple Leaf Rag using the Yamaha piano across both keyboards, an interesting arrangement of The Jellicoe Ball from Cats, The Raider's March, I Wanna Be Like You Kenny Ball style with a short drum interlude, the Carpenter's Goodbye to Love with the famous guitar solo and Charlie Barnet's Skyliner. 

There was more, each and every piece expertly arranged and delivered with much TLC, as was very ably demonstrated in the very authentic Nimrod and I Won't Send Roses, both played with such feeling. Nesson Dorma rounded off a lovely evening and left us hoping for a return visit.

September 30th  Kevin Grunill    New to our club, Kevin has rapidly built a fine reputation as one of the UK's finest keyboard exponents and is equally at home on the modern electronic instruments as well as the more traditional pipe organ and piano. Born in 1972 Kevin has a varied performing history including Blackpool's Tower and North Pier, plus numerous pipe organ venues, organ socities and private residencies, both in this country and abroad.

Do come and join us - we are very friendly, our evenings are entertaining and varied, it's well worth £6.00 and you get tea or coffee with biscuits as well!

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Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club's Concert Diary

January 28thTrevor Flunder
February 25thDave Smith
March 25thDaniel Watt
April 29thChris Stanbury
May 27thTony Stace (more details)

Duet Show with Andrew Nix

June 24thBen Scott-Hyde
July 29thChris Powell
August 26thRyan Edwards
September 30thKevin Grunill
October 28thBrett Wales
November 25thDirkJan Ranzijn
January 27thTrevor Flunder
February 24thDavid Ingley
March 31stAndrew Varley
April 28thSteve Hubble
May 26thNicholas Martin
June 30thChris Powell (more details)

& Brett Wales Duet Night

June 30thBrett Wales (more details)

wuth Chris Powell Duet night

July 28thChiho Sunamoto
August 25thChris Jones
September 29thJean Martyn
October 27thElizabeth Harrison
November 24thDaniel Watt
February 23rdPaul Carman
March 29thTony Stace
July 26thAndrew Nix