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Guernsey goes out in style...Guernsey goes out in style...

Friday 1st August

Exactly 45 years to the night since the opening show with George Blackmore, the Guernsey Electronic Organ Society held its final ever concert on Wednesday 16th July with Chris Powell.  Sadly, a combination of ever increasing air and ferry fares coupled with the island's relative isolation have meant that it has become increasingly difficult to keep things going....  That said, July 16th saw a larger than usual crowd assemble at the delightful Peninsula Hotel, who were treated to a wonderful 'pre-concert play in' from Gerald Henshaw, followed by Chris Powell's 9th visit to play the... Read more.

Our Music On The RadioOur Music On The Radio

Saturday 21st June

Following our news BBC news article (four items down) we have found another radio program dedicated to organ and keyboard music.

Michael Wellby (chairman of the East Coast Organ Society - ECOS) hosts a program on Coastal FM every Wednesday night at 9.00pm and repeats Sunday at midday. Don't worry if you can't receive Coastal FM on your radio as it is also streamed from their website.

In addition you will often find artiste interviews which can be... Read more.

Organ on the BBC again!Organ On The BBC again!

Tuesday 10th June

Today (10th June) sees the airing of a half hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 all about the electronic organ.  Entitled 'Wayne's World Of The Secret Organ', the programme (presented by fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway) charts the rise and fall of the electronic 'home organ'.  Personalities taking part include Nigel Ogden, James Taylor and Brett Wales.

Why not tune in at 11.30am today to hear our kind of music on the radio waves.  Also available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days following the broadcast....

News From Colchester, 45 Years On!News From Colchester, 45 Years On!

Sunday 13th April

On November 5th 1968, Hodges and Johnson (then piano agents) opened their new outlet in Colchester and appointed Classically trained organist-George Fulcher as the manager.

He saw potential and was keen to purchase/sell Hammond organs - eventually managing to convey his enthusiasm for this to the proprietors. With his close pal, Alan Pilgrim (after several `in store` events) `Colchester Hammond Organ Society` was formed and from these humble beginnings the present day society exists (which still meets monthly on t... Read more.

Sad News From The A.O.E

Tuesday 18th March

Stan Gande, founder member and former treasurer of the Association of Organ Enthusiasts, passed peacefully away on Friday 14th March.
 
Stan was a very active sportsman, took up boxing as a young man and was a keen swimmer who devoted a great deal of time encouraging and teaching others to swim.
 
His whole working career was spent with the Civil Service (with the exception of a break for service in the Royal Navy), rising from entrance as a telegraph boy, where he met his wife Joan, to a senior clerical position with the Home Office.
 
Stan and ... Read more.

UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition

Tuesday 21st January

Back in 1978 the London Chapter of ATOS set in motion the Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition, which over the years has given valuable performing and social experience to many aspiring organists. Some, including Janet Dowsett, Martin Harris, Michael Wooldridge, Nicholas Martin and OrganFax's own Ian House are now well known to us all, but there are many more who have enjoyed and benefited hugely from the experience. A full list of past winners can be found here.

Th... Read more.

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