Withernsea Organ Society (1974 - 2014)
The Society have just celebrated their 40th Anniversary year with a line up of top artists. As with most clubs it began with a group of dedicated 'organ buffs'. Back then in 1974 the organ was at the height of its popularity, there were organ/music shops in most towns, a time which many remember with nostalgia, most shops held ' demonstration' evenings and the top players could be seen and heard.
From small beginnings, and after a lot of money-raising events, garden parties, cheese and wine parties, meat pie suppers, etc. the society managed to buy its first organ and began meeting in the local British Legion Club where those members who could would play a little and gain confidence.
In 1980 the first professional artist invited was John Mann, this was arranged by local organ dealer, Gough & Daveys and was held at a local venue "Teddy's Club". The number of concerts increased each year and in 1988 they moved to a new venue the Northfield an excellent venue which is still used today, and with the exception of January and February, a concert is held monthly. Last year (2014) they held two anniversary concerts in October. The membership fee is £3.00 per annum and monthly concerts are normally £3.50 for members and £5.00 for guests. Exceptions are made if there is a buffet or special event.
Withernsea is a small seaside town 20 miles east of Hull, birthplace of the famous fifties film star Kay Kendall, who sadly died of leukaemia when she was 32 and it is also the home town of top jazz trumperter of the same era, the late Kenny Baker who, incidently, played the trumpet in the film "Genevieve" with Kay Kendall miming. Kenny also taught her the fingering.
A warm welcome awaits our visitors.
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|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|
|May 17th||Michael Wooldridge|