In early 1965, a group of organ enthusiasts who had recently purchased Hammond electronic organs had a meeting with the Manager of the local Hammond dealership and decided to form the Scarborough Hammond Organ Society. The Society would meet several times a year and invite guest organists to play concerts on organs loaned by the local Hammond dealer.
After holding many fund-raising events over several years, the Society was able to purchase its own Hammond C3 (one of the last to be imported into the U.K.) with PR40 tone cabinet in 1975. A Leslie 122R speaker was added about 18 months later.
The name of the Society was eventually changed to the Scarborough Electronic Organ Society when it was realised that some people were under the misapprehension that only owners of Hammond organs could become members of the Society.
In July 2005, the Society completed its 40th season and in October 2005, as a befitting birthday present to itself, purchased an Allen ADC4600TH Three-manual Digital Theatre Organ, which replaced the Hammond C3.
The Society has approximately 50 members who have pre-paid for the season. Our concerts attract average audiences of over 100.
The concerts are held in the Theatre/Ballroom of the Scarborough Fair Collection, within the Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough YO11 3NU. This is a very prestigious venue with superb stage lighting and sound facilities. There is also an excellent projection system with two large screens. All this helps to enhance the audience's enjoyment of the concerts.
Although the emphasis is very much on electronic organ music, the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ installed in the Museum is available for use should any visiting artist wish to use it, in addition to their own instrument.
The venue is fully disabled friendly and is all on one level. There is ample free parking adjacent to the Museum.
In November 2019 it was decided, due to declining attendances, to wind up the Society, and the remaining funds would be used to promote 6 concerts in 2020 and a further 6 in 2021, in association with the Scarborough Fair Collection. As a thank you gesture to all our existing members they would all be allowed free admission to all of these concerts, and as from November 2019 no new members would be enrolled.
Our Concerts are normally on a Sunday afternoon commencing at 2.00pm.
Members admission: Free
Visitors admission: Normal Museum Admission Charges, ie: Adults £8.00, Over 60s £7.00, Children £5.50
All admission charges include interval refreshments.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In view of the current Covid-19 situation and in accordance with Government guidelines it has been decided to cancel all of our concerts for the 2021 Season.