Withernsea Organ Society (1974 - 2014) 40th Anniversary Year
Withernsea is a small coastal town 20 miles from Hull, East Yorkshire. The Society was formed on 23rd October 1974 by a group of enthusiasts of organ (and accordian) music and music in general. Monthly Meetings were held in the local church hall or in each other's homes, but they then moved into the Royal British Legion Club, which is a converted house, and they held club meetings every two weeks, just informal get-togethers. There was no organ at the club, they hired one from a local organ dealer, then they set about fund-raising to buy one. Garden Parties, coffee mornings, strawberry teas, cheese and wine parties (very popular) it was all good fun actually. The first professional concert was held in 1980 and the artist was John Mann, this was held at Teddy's Club, at that time a thriving nightclub, and was basically a demonstration evening, these were very popular in those days and it gave people a chance to see many top artists, another top artist - Brian Sharp was invited in 1981. At first only two or three concerts were held a year, and members continued to meet at the R.B.L Club. In 1988 they changed concert venue to the Northfield, which is on the LongMeadows Holiday Park and the number of concerts held increased as did the membership, the Legion was not big enough to accommodate them so these meeting were discontinued. Now, with the exception of January/February (not usually an ideal time to visit the east coast) a concert is held each month. The original founder members unfortunately, are no longer with us, but the present Secretary and Chairman both joined the society in 1977 and 1978 respectively.and have served on the committee since that time. The AGM is being held on 11th March prior to a concert by Kevin Grunill, and as October marks the 40th Anniversary month two concerts have been arranged, Claudia Hirschfeld on 22nd and an extra concert has been added to the concert cards issued, this is on 7th October when Chris Powell and Brett Wales are the artists. Once when Brett was playing for the society, a violent thunderstorm occured, so noisy that he had to stop playing and had an early interval, shortly afterwards Chris came and a similar thing happened, not quite as noisy but certainly causing a problem, so it is hoped that with both of them present it won't cause double the trouble.
Most of the U.K.'s top players have played at Withernsea over the years, and also overseas artists, Tony Fenelon, Dirkjan Ranzijn and Claudia Hirschfeld. It is to be hoped that they will continue to come and will have good audiences for them to play to. There is a video and screen set up which allows the keyboard (and feet) to be seen wherever you are seated. The Society has organised a trip to the Thursford Christmas Show for the past nine years and hopes to take a coach party again this year. Their venue, the Northfield is licenced, a superb venue and many members (and artists) take advantage of the reasonably priced early evening meals which are available from 5.30 p.m. or there are sandwiches, tea/coffee etc. available during the interval. There is easy access from the carpark. Concerts are normally on Tuesdays. Admission is £3.50 members and £5.00 guests unless stated differently, when at the discretion of the committee, there may be a slight increase in admission price. Subscriptions are £3.00 per annum. A warm Withernsea welcome awaits artists, visitors and members.
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|March 11th||Kevin Grunill (more details)|
A.G.M. 7.30p.m.before Concert: 8 p.m.
|April 8th||Claire Greig|
|May 13th||Phil Kelsall|
|June 10th||Brian Hazelby|
|July 8th||Mark Thompson|
|August 5th||Ian House|
|September 16th||David Last|
|October 7th||Chris Powell (more details)|
Duet Show with Brett Wales
|October 22nd||Claudia Hirschfeld (more details)|
tickets will be sold in advance
|November 11th||Chiho Sunamoto (more details)|
The is East meets West with Jon Smith
|December 16th||Andrew Nix|
|March 17th||Michael McAneny|
|April 14th||Tony Stace|
|May 19th||Howard Beaumont|
|June 23rd||John Bowdler|
|July 21st||David Thomas|
|August 18th||Paul Carman|
|September 15th||Tim Flint|
|October 13th||Janet Dowsett|
|November 17th||David Harrild|
|December 15th||Matthew Bason (more details)|
ticket only, inc.buffet,price rise
|December 15th||Matthew Bason|