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Withernsea Organ Society

Telephone Number :  01964 614267

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Contact name :  Margaret Read

Venue address : The Northfield, Waxholme Road, Withernsea, HU19 2BT

About Withernsea Organ Society

Withernsea Organ Society  (formed 1974)

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 & Davys and was held at a local venue "Teddy's Club" (no longer there).  Then Brian Sharp came and gradually the number of concerts increased each year and in 1988 they moved to the Northfield, Waxholme Road, Withernsea HU19 2BT  an excellent venue which is still used today, and with the exception of January, a concert is held monthly, concerts begin at 7.30 p.m.  Doors oopen 7 p.m. The membership fee is £3.00 per annum and monthly concerts are normally £5.00 for members and £7.00 for guests.  Exceptions are made if there is a buffet or special event.  All the top U.K. artists have made the journey to the town and also a few overseas players have made it to the breezy coastal resort.  Dikrkjan Ranzijn, Claudia Hirschfeld, Tony Fenelon.  Tony was fascinated that the 'Ocean' was so close.  Well the North Sea was the German Ocean at one time! 

Withernsea is a small seaside town 20 miles east of Hull, birthplace of the famous fifties film star Kay Kendall, who sadly dileukaemia when she was 32 and it is also the home town of top jazz trumpeter of the same era, the late, great 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, the venue has a licenced bar, and serves refreshments, tea/coffee etc. in the interval and a wide range of early evening meals from 5.30 p.m  (separate dining room).

It is confirmed that the Northfield  (the venue where the concets are held) will not re-open this year so all 2020 concerts are cancelled.    As this terrible situation continues we are unable to fix a startng date for ou r2021 concerts, as soon as we can we will of course continue with our kind of entertainment.

Our cocncern is for our talented players.

Withernsea Organ Society's Concert Diary

June 14thElizabeth Harrison
August 9thLewis Scott
September 13thNicholas Martin B.E.M. (more details)