Organ Societies/Clubs are essentially businesses and as such the most successful ones are continually seeking means of publicity. The Weyhill Electronic Organ Society has recently come up with a fabulous idea and secured the co-operation of Test Valley Borough Council in having its name displayed in one of Andover's many floral gardens. Perhaps your club has other novel ideas that can be used to help!
Barnstaple Library hold a monthly sing-a-long session for anyone who likes to sing for fun. They are looking for someone who would be willing to play the keyboard or help organise the sessions which are held on a Tuesday afternoon between 2-3.30pm If this is of interest to you, please contact Jude, Cherry or Kate at Barnstaple Library on 01271-388593 for more details.
Howard Beaumont will be accompanying the classic silent film 'Steamboat Bill Jnr' at the Scarborough Fair collection Lebberston Nr Scarborough on Sunday 13th September at 2.30 pm. The Mighty Wurlitzer held at the museum will be put through it's paces as Howard re-creates this famous art form of one man becoming a whole orchestra to give the film a new lease of life.
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On 12th July, 1965, a young organist played a Hammond A-100 organ at the foundation of the Bristol Hammond Organ Society.
On 12th July, 2015, that same organist, Keith Beckingham, returned and played the same Hammond A-100 organ to launch the Society’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebration Concert.
Founder and first Chairman, Leslie Baker, Managing Director of Churchill’s of Bristol always provided organs for concerts and the Hammond A-100 became his own personal instrument. On his retirement, he was succeeded by daughter Anne as Chairman and she donated the org... Read more.
Following on from our previous news item Simon Gledhill has recently been entered into the American Theatre Organ Society’s hall of fame. The ATOS Hall of Fame award is presented annually to persons who have been loyal supporters of the American Theatre Organ Society. These individuals have shown dedication to the preservation of the theatre organ and their contributions over the years have enhanced the public interest in the theatre organ. Our congratulations also go to Simon!
Pictured right is David Gray who is just back from America having been named 'Organist of the year for 2015".
This is an annual award presented to an outstanding organist who is currently active in the theatre organ art form through live performances and recordings. Recipients must have been publicly active for five or more years in the theatre organ field. Our congratulations go to David for having won this prestigious award.