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An amazing event took place a few weeks ago at the Walnuts Shopping centre in Orpington, when The Worshipful, The Mayor of Bromley, opened a membership campaign on behalf of the Orpington Organ & Keyboard Club.
Alex Payler, a well known and respected electronic Organist, brought along his Yamaha ELX1-m "Digital Orchestra" and entertained the Walnut shoppers with a selection of music from films, shows and classical pieces. After a short introductory speech about the club and it's history by the Chairman, John
Parker, The Mayor launched the event by introducing Alex Payler, who opened "the Show" with the theme from "Starwars" to great acclaim by the shoppers.
The event was also graced by a Helen Reynolts seated on a very large white "Emu", which brought delight to everyone, especially the children and caused some amusement to The Mayor!
The Orpington Organ Club, as it was then known, was founded some 30 years ago by a Mr. Derek Cadde, who owned a music shop at the north end of the high street, where Wilkinson's the opticians are now.
He did this to give lessons to his customers and to promote the wonders of the then, modern electronic organ.
The club grew so much, that it was decided to move to bigger premises. Still growing, they moved to Norman Hall in Petts Wood but there was a problem - too many stairs! Carting heavy instruments up and down these for concerts, was back-breaking to say the least! So a new venue was found to where they are now, at the Crofton Halls by the train station. Over the last few years, due to the recession and changes in interests, the membership has sadly dwindled somewhat, hence the need for a new membership campaign.
They meet at the Crofton Small Hall, on the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30 for 8pm (except December) for a two-and-a-half hour concert, with a break for refreshments, all for the princely sum of £7.00 (£5 for members). Details of their forthcoming concerts can be found on their OrganFax Page.
OrganFax says.... Well done to all at OOKC for all their hard work in striving to find new members in such a fun way. We hope that the campaign has paid off for you and long may the club continue!
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