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The Category Organ and Keyboard Clubs is a subset of Local Music Clubs. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Organ and Keyboard Clubs which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Club's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Organ and Keyboard Clubs do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Gosport and District Organ Club

- Isle of Man Organ and Keyboard Society

- KeyNote Concerts

- Penrith & District Organ Society

- Peterborough Theatre Organ Preservation Society

- Rutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club

- St Albans Organ & Keyboard Club

- Sunderland Theatre Organ Preservation Society

- Swineshead Charity Concerts

- The Beer Wurlitzer

 

! Organ and Keyboard Clubs KEY
VISITS (to Website)47
VIEWS (of Record)107

'Our concerts are normally held on the Second Tuesday of the month except occasionally when artists are booked for a different day.' About half a dozen concerts per year.

 

* Abergele and District Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)278
VIEWS (of Record)636
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Sunday afternoon concerts at the Aldermaston Concert Centre: 'We'd love to welcome you to our Concert Centre if you have a free Sunday afternoon; you could even enjoy a pre-concert lunch. The William Penney Theatre is very comfortable and spacious with good vision and sound.'

* Aldermaston Concert Centre
VISITS (to Website)308
VIEWS (of Record)682

'A friendly Club that meets monthly. It holds a mixture of professional and amateur nights and the occasional charity evening. This not only raises money for good causes, but also promotes the club. The club tries to give younger artistes just starting on the circuit a chance as well as the "OLD" favourites ...'

 

* Ascot Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)249
VIEWS (of Record)611
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a friendly group of people who just enjoy live music. All our meetings have a top professional artist playing the latest instruments. Our shows cover every kind of music – Big Band, Jazz, Show Music, Light Classics, Pops etc and a lot, lot more …. all the ingredients for a highly entertaining evening in our comfortable venue, where refreshments are avialable in the interval. We are always pleased to have new members join us on a yearly membership basis and of course we will be pleased to welcome visitors ...'

 

* Banstead Organ & Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)240
VIEWS (of Record)676
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are known as Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club, dropping the word Society but introducing the word Keyboard in order to keep it more up to date. We find there is still a good following of people who like to listen to electronic organ and keyboard music but not so many taking up playing. So our format has had to change with the times ...'

 

* Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)212
VIEWS (of Record)751
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Many people have the idea that organ music is all about being in church. Ok we are in a church building, which is used on a daily basis for numerous activities. The Address is The Congregational Church but when you experience one of our concerts you are transported away to a relaxed atmosphere of popular music created individually by our visiting artistes ...'

* Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)233
VIEWS (of Record)696
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Bexley EOS has a friendly atmosphere, with comfortable seating and licensed bar - all making an excellent venue for club evenings. Guest organists include both newcomers to the circuit and household names. Members are sent a monthly letter giving biographical details of the organist booked, and the make and type of organ to be played.'

 

* Bexley Music Club
VISITS (to Website)206
VIEWS (of Record)498
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our club meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month, excluding May to August, for the Club Nights and generally the 3rd Tuesday is for concerts ... by top class artists unless we have to shuffle dates to get a special artist ... The club season is from September to August excluding January.'

* Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of Record)545
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Popular organ and keyboard music from some of the finest performers on the circuit and ALWAYS on the second Tuesday of every month. Everyone who shares an interest and who derives pleasure from listening to popular music played on electronic organ and keyboard is welcome to join us on our concert nights.'

 

* Blackpool Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of Record)743
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We hold regular monthly concerts featuring the top UK and European artistes playing the very best of the modern electronic instruments, multi keyboards etc.'

* Bolton In Tune
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of Record)528
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘In the mid 1990's a group of like minded amateur organ players in the Bourne area decided they would like to get together to hear each other play music and enjoy each others' company ...'. Monthly evening meetings.

* Bourne Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of Record)785
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1966, as the Bournemouth branch of The Hammond Organ Society, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sydney Webb, the interest was such that by late 1967 it was becoming clear that the appointment of a committee was desirable. Subscriptions at that time were set at 1 guinea for the first member of a family with half a guinea for additional family members. Meetings were held in Hotels in the Bournemouth area ... We continue to enjoy a healthy membership, and can almost guarantee a full house for visiting artistes. An invitation is warmly extended to visitors at each concert where we endeavour to accommodate everyone.'

* Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of Record)761
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Members and visitors are invited to enjoy being entertained musically, whether they can play or just like to listen: probably only 25 per cent of our members/visitors own or play an instrument. All our concerts are “live” and played usually by artistes who are on the national entertainment circuit, also in the top echelons of their profession. We do encourage and give opportunity to newly emerging players who, as we have found, give excellent performances ... With different artistes ... with their own personal style, presentation and wide musical repertoire, plus their own organ/piano/keyboard and associated equipment, which put together, make each concert unique.’

 

* Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)26
VIEWS (of Record)56
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

ALERT 'Sadly, December 2016 with Chris Powell was our last concert and the club is now closed.'

* Bridport Electronic Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)168
VIEWS (of Record)435

‘We are a group of people who enjoy live music - listening to it or making it. We meet every month ... to hear a visiting professional play a two-hour live music show on the electronic organ. If you have never heard an electronic organ, you will not realise what a variety of music can be created using it ... Music can be made in many different styles, recreating famous big-band sounds, for example, marching bands, orchestras, Mantovani-type strings, small jazz groups, theatre organ, and even classical organ - the list is endless and the variety is enormous.’

 

* Burgess Hill Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)33
VIEWS (of Record)65
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The monthly shows with top line artistes are augmented by profesional stage lighting, a camera and video screen presentation and the venue boasts plentiful safe parking good disabled access, a licenced bar and a sizeable raffle at each event.'

 

* Burntwood Music For All
VISITS (to Website)191
VIEWS (of Record)986
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Burtey Fen Collection Is a privately owned music hall in Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, housing three pipe organs - a Compton cinema organ, a Wurlitzer cinema organ and a classical pipe organ. The venue also features a vast collection of original memorabilia in tribute to the stars of entertainment 1940-1965. A small "fairground organ" made by the late Denis Matthews of the "M Ranch" has been re-housed on the balcony. Organ concerts by top names of the organ world are a monthly feature ...'

* Burtey Fen Collection
VISITS (to Website)233
VIEWS (of Record)459

Founded 1976: ‘We present the best in music which is both light and live, with monthly concerts featuring top international artists. We also hold monthly workshops where you can learn and hone your skills and show off your talents! ...  We started out as a dedicated keyboard and organ club, and we still feature these instruments a great deal. But we have now expanded ... also having the pleasure of inviting members of local professional and semi professional music societies and groups as well as individual musicians of various genre’.

* Cardiff Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)146
VIEWS (of Record)226
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘There is a general misconception that the word “organ” means it is either the traditional theatre organ or a church or classical organ. As much as this view is still appreciated and respected, there is a whole world of difference in the modern day instruments. The sounds that today’s artistes produce are amazing. Anything from a full string orchestra or brass band through to an electric guitar or violin, every type of instrument and style is acheived by these multi-talented musicians. So don't be put off by the word organ. Go along to your local club and see and hear for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised we assure you.’

 

* Clacton Keyboard Music Club
VISITS (to Website)174
Also indexedClacton & District Organ Society
VIEWS (of Record)441
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Top artistes are engaged to entertain members each month, some are very well known to our Society, but there are times when we engage an unknown artiste ... The Society prides itself in being one of the most friendliest in the country(artistes will bear this out) and besides being an Organ Club our meetings are a social gathering where friends with a common interest can meet each month.'

 

* Colchester Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of Record)690

‘Quite unlike most organ and keyboard societies in that it does not run a monthly programme of concerts by touring professional organists. Rather, the Club is a forum for anyone interested in keyboard or organ music whether as a player or a listener. it is very much a “hands-on” club, giving all members the opportunity to play whether they are advanced players and confident or beginners and more diffident ... The Club also organises three Professional Celebrity Concerts in March, July and November of each year, given by leading UK and International organists, with the latter entitled "The Ernie Huggins Memorial Concert" in honour.of the Club's Founder who passed away in August 2005.‘

 

* Cookhill Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)181
VIEWS (of Record)448
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We pride ourselves on being a friendly Club and make visitors and new members feel welcome.  Formed in 1989 the Club continues to flourish at a time when many are facing difficulty with an ageing membership.  While not exempt from this a publicity drive is proving successful in retaining membership numbers ... Our members do not all live locally, some find it worthwhile to travel 20 miles or more to attend our concerts. These, featuring national and international artistes, are held on the last Friday of each month except December when it is brought forward by a week or two. In addition to the monthly concerts an opportunity is given for members and visitors to play, or just listen, in an informal environment.’

 

* Crawley Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)58
VIEWS (of Record)123
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The aims and objectives of Fife Electronic Organ Society are to "promote and encourage interest in organ music and the appreciation thereof". We hope we achieve this by engaging top class artistes to entertain our members and many visitors alike and cultivating friendships between people who have a common interest in listening to and playing "middle of the road music" on electronic organ. The Society has nearly 100 members and has remarkable success ... All visitors are offered a warm welcome.’

 

* Fife Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of Record)226
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a group of people with a shared passion for the theatre organ who have formed the Furness Theatre Organ Project. Our intention, which has now been realised, is to own a working Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, by purchasing and fully restoring the ex Rex Cinema, Stratford, London Wurlitzer Organ and installing it in the Royalty Cinema, Bowness-on-Windermere. This is now a real jewel in the crown for Cumbria as we understand that there are no longer any other Wurlitzer Organs situated in a working cinema in the UK ... The organ is played before selected film presentations and for concerts.’

 

* Furness Theatre Organ Project
VISITS (to Website)126
VIEWS (of Record)259

'To achieve our aims, we demand a high standard of performance and also ensure the friendliest of atmosphere, so that concerts are not just audiences listening to programmes, but meetings of friends socialising together. With the exception of July and August, when we have a break, our concerts are held on the last Thursday of each month, where our attendances are currently averaging 100 people.'

* Gainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)191
VIEWS (of Record)407

Mission ‘To promote friendship through the common love of Organ music, and to provide, on regular basis, Organ Dances and Concerts throughout the year, using both Theatre and Electronic Organs, and featuring the Star Organists from all across the British Isles.’ The Harworth Organ Enthusiasts was founded in December 1971, by Mr Stan Morris and a team of enthusiasts, to cater for people interested in the preservation of the Mighty Theatre Organs of yesteryear, but also incorporating the modern electronic organ.

 

* Harworth ‘Christie’ Organ Enthusiasts
VISITS (to Website)166
VIEWS (of Record)413
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 2002: ‘The Heritage Centre is unique in being the only one of its kind in the world, devoted to the history of the Theatre Organ, where schools and the general public can go and play an authentic theatre organ ... With its theatre style auditorium which seats 80 patrons, it houses one of the very first Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organs to be installed in this country, the 2 manual 6 rank pipe organ originally installed in the Trocadero Theatre, Liverpool, and later in the Gaumont Cinema, Dingle, Liverpool ... Weekly programmes featuring the Wurlitzer are presented every Wednesday at 1-00pm’.

 

 

* Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust Heritage Centre
VISITS (to Website)130
VIEWS (of Record)669
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have changed the name of this page to Musical Breaks to reflect the fact that we now hold events at both Bewdley and Llandudno.The Bewdley events were originally known as “Brian Sharp Musical Breaks” ... Brian Sharp was probably the most well-known organist in the UK. His career spanning over fifty years, encompassed all aspects of the Theatre and Electronic Organ World ...'

 

* Musical Breaks
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of Record)395
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Based in Northampton: ‘On the third Monday of the month, a top U.K. or International Artiste is presented, performing a wide range of music on state-of-the art instruments. The shows aren't limited to just instrumental keyboard music - many of the artistes have other talents such as stunning vocals, or playing duets. An NVOKC show is a superb musical evening for all ... All concerts are open to the public, although you can become a member’.

* Nene Valley Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)49
VIEWS (of Record)84
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Neuadd Pendre Social Centre is the ideal venue for meetings of associations, clubs, and organisations ... When first built in Brook Street, Tywyn in around 1912 it was for use as a Drill Hall for the Territorial Army. Since that time Neuadd Pendre has seen many different uses ... A successful application for a National Lottery grant from the Arts Council for Wales resulted in the installation of John Smallwood's private Wurlitzer Theatre Organ which has become known nationwide as The Tywyn Wurlitzer.’

 

* Neuadd Pendre Social Centre
VISITS (to Website)42
Also indexedThe Tywyn Wurlitzer
VIEWS (of Record)56

‘This Society was formed in 1979 and the membership steadily increased from 15 people until 1994 when the number reached 200, and it soon became necessary to form a membership waiting list. Since then the concert evenings are either full or nearly full - the hall holds 200 ... Concerts are held monthly and are usually - but not always - on the fourth Tuesday in the month ... The Society welcomes visitors from other Clubs and we are always pleased to hear from anyone who is on holiday in our area.‘

* New Forest Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)51
VIEWS (of Record)211
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The Association manages a Wurlitzer console which formerly ‘rose from the depths of the orchestra pit in the New Victoria Theatre, Bradford to entertain patrons with musical interludes. Now installed in a specially converted building, the New. Vic. Organ plays once again, recreating the atmosphere of a different and more leisurely age ... We have a regular concert series where you can see and hear one of the largest theatre pipe organs in Europe, we also participate in the national Heritage Open Days Weekend in September. Everyone is welcome to come along and look around (both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes) to find out what a “Mighty” Wurlitzer is all about! People of all ages are fascinated by the theatre organ, its history, its music, its technology and the way in which it played a major role in the social history of the mid twentieth century’.

 

* North East Theatre Organ Association
VISITS (to Website)74
VIEWS (of Record)96

‘The Society usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Concerts start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.’

 

* North Herts Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)177
VIEWS (of Record)521
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The Society ‘was formed in 1970 and the organ was purchased in 1972 as scrap, the console and pedal board having been destroyed by water during the East Coast floods of the 1950's. A replacement console was purchased, this came from the Savoy Leyton, and it was a very early Compton Kinestra with a serial number of 4 and dated back to 1928’. Subsequently, the Society has made a significant number of improvements and enhancements to the organ, with the encouragement of the local District Council ... ‘but we are still responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, so to enable us to achieve this we run Nine Concerts a year from September to May featuring the Country's top Organists’.

* North Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of Record)61

‘Concert nights are held on the first Thursday of each month, starting at 8pm, featuring a top professional organist. We aim to give a balance of type of player, i.e. modern electronic/theatre/middle of-the- road etc. and a variety of makes of organ, to cover a wide range of musical tastes from month to month ... On the third Thursday of each month, we hold an “Open Night” ... We give full encouragement to beginners and experienced players alike, whether playing a simple piece of music, or a complicated arrangement. We also, from time to time, ask a local organ dealer to give a demonstration of the latest instruments, or a talk about an organ-related subject.‘

 

* North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)61
VIEWS (of Record)133
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our vibrant and friendly club has been in existence since 1972 and has been mostly successful, with monthly concerts by top visiting organists watched by a good crowd of enthusiasts. Hammond and jazz organ, traditional theatre style organ, modern orchestral arrangements and good old straight (electronic) piano playing – singing too – all have their place at our meetings ... Like a lot of clubs, we have had a few hard times in the past few years. However in 2010 we moved from the Royal British Legion premises to a lovely new venue at Drayton Village Hall and our numbers have been steadily increasing ever since.’

 

* Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)55
VIEWS (of Record)213
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1967 as The Nottingham Hammond Organ Society to cater for people interested in Organ music other than that heard in churches, etc. To broaden its scope it later changed to just the “Nottingham Organ Society”.

 

* Nottingham Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)199
VIEWS (of Record)794
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Come and enjoy an evening's great music and entertainment from some of the UK's finest musicians, vocalists and entertainers, in the comfortable surroundings of Ollerton's Jubilee Hall - with each show having a unique and diverse range of music for all.‘

 

* Ollerton and District Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)58
VIEWS (of Record)113
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a small, friendly club and welcome visitors to our concerts. Each concert features a popular artiste, playing either electronic organ or keyboard - sometimes both! Come and visit or join a club that features great entertainment from some of the UK's top and International professional artistes at a fantastic venue.'

 

* Orpington Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of Record)577

‘The Northern Theatre Organ Trust was formed to promote Theatre Organ Preservation in the North of England on behalf of The Theatre Organ Club. The aims currently are to preserve and maintain the Organ installed in Ossett Town Hall, and to expand public awareness of the Theatre Pipe Organ for the enjoyment of ourselves and Future Generations.’ 

 

* Ossett Theatre Organ
VISITS (to Website)143
Also indexedNorthern Theatre Organ Trust
VIEWS (of Record)296
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Unique Home of the Ex-Regal/ABC Derby Compton Cinema Organ, at Dovedale Garage Car Showroom, in the Beautiful Peak District ... The organ now at Pipes in the Peaks originally came from the Regal/ABC Derby in East Street. It was a standard design of Compton comprising of 3 manuals, 6 ranks of pipes, and a melotone attachment, serial number A432. It was billed on the cinema as “providing the most sensational and tonal effects ever heard in a cinema”.’ The Organ was purchased for Dovedale in 1990, and ‘on the evening of 3rd October 1999, The Old Lady first echoed in the valleys to a packed house ... The organ had not been heard in public for over 35 years’.

* Pipes in the Peaks
VISITS (to Website)317
VIEWS (of Record)1228

Formed 1977: ‘Events generally include a wide range of music, including music from the musicals, big band favourites, popular light classics and much, much more, all played live by nationally acclaimed organ and keyboard players. The club also tries to feature the best new players to the circuit and also the stars of the future, which have included very special and enjoyable concerts with hugely talented young players and singers from the Rye Wurlitzer Academy‘.

 

 

* Regis Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)43
VIEWS (of Record)127
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Rye Wurlitzer is Britain's second oldest Wurlitzer theatre organ. It was originally installed at The Palace Cinema in Tottenham. It has been at Rye College since the summer of 1957. Regular concerts are held ... A unique teaching project also runs from the Rye Wurlitzer giving students the opportunity to learn the instrument at no cost to themselves.’

 

* Rye Wurlitzer
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of Record)190
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

In early 1965, a group of organ enthusiasts who had recently purchased Hammond electronic organs had a meeting with the Manager of the local Hammond dealership and decided to form the Scarborough Hammond Organ Society ... The name of the Society was eventually changed to the Scarborough Electronic Organ Society when it was realised that some people were under the misapprehension that only owners of Hammond organs could become members of the Society ... The Society has approximately 100 members who have pre-paid for the season. Our concerts attract average audiences of over 200.’

 

* Scarborough Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)81
VIEWS (of Record)166

'Charitable organisation founded to promote interest in the Cinema Organ as an entertainment art form. The aim of the trust is to provide information about the world of the cinema organ in Scotland ... The Trust are the proud owners of Scotland's only operational WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. The technical team dedicate 2 days a week to restoring and maintaining a musical instrument now well into its 8th decade!'

 

* Scottish Cinema Organ Trust
VISITS (to Website)197
VIEWS (of Record)588
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1984: ‘The very high standard of entertainment that has been offered over the years at a reasonable cost to both members and guests has seen both attendance at the concerts and the club membership remain at a very high number. Members and guests travel to the island from many areas throughout the county, on some occasions even from other parts of the country, to attend the concert evenings‘.

* Sheppey Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)63
VIEWS (of Record)138

'Come and enjoy a couple of hours of wonderful entertainment with a variety of music, sounds and styles from some of the Country's top organists and what remains Shropshire's only theatre pipe organ installation in a public venue. The WurliTzer now requires no additional amplification with sound coming through the swell shutters, which have been described as "dancing doors" and The Buttermarket is a nice intimate venue in which to enjoy a theatre organ concert, see the organist up close and enjoy a thoroughly good afternoon of entertainment.'

* Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust
VISITS (to Website)173
VIEWS (of Record)331

‘The official website of the Theatre Pipe Organ Preservation Society (TPOPS). We run concerts and dances on the organs of the Singing Hills Golf Course at Albourne, to the north of Brighton, and at the East Sussex National at Little Horsted, near Uckfield. We also fund the TPOPS Academy, teaching the next generation of young musicians the skills required to play these mighty instruments.’

 

* Singing Hills Wurlitzer
VISITS (to Website)54
Also indexedTheatre Pipe Organ Preservation Society (TPOPS) | East Sussex National, Uckfield
VIEWS (of Record)77
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The club hires the services of nationally known players - good entertainment is always provided for all who attend. Visitors and friends (players or non-players) are always welcome, so join a happy friendly club and help keep it going for many years to come!’

 

* South Molton Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)124
VIEWS (of Record)245
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’We have our concerts on Tuesdays fortnightly @ 7-30 pm, preceded by a tea dance (2pm-4pm) ... In the early days we were a very bouytant club and had a membership of over a hundred but ... we have found, as many other clubs have, a dramatic decline in concert attendances. Early on in 2008 we were on the verge of calling it a day but, through our hard working committee running fund raising events to cover concert losses, we were able to muddle through. There efforts were rewarded as in the later part of the year we noticed an increase in audience numbers ...’

 

 

* South Yorkshire Keyboard & Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)97
VIEWS (of Record)332
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

St Albans Organ Theatre has a fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments and is one of the top theatre organ concert venues in the UK ... The self-playing instruments range from musical boxes and hand-turned Organettes to four large dance organs including the biggest one ever made, the 121 key Decap Organ – named “England’s Pride” by the Belgians when it came to England in the 1960s ... There are also regular concerts given by top-named theatre organists and special events including Christmas specials and Vintage Afternoon Teas.’

 

* St Albans Organ Theatre
VISITS (to Website)122
VIEWS (of Record)188
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Relatively new venture (April 2017) offering monthly concerts, usually on the first Sunday afternoon: ‘Any proceeds from the concerts will aid local charities or good causes ... Your support would be most appreciated to help us keep the music going!’

* Stilton In Tune
VISITS (to Website)57
VIEWS (of Record)130

‘We are an enthusiastic group of music lovers who always make any guests welcome. All types of music are catered for from theatre organ to jazz, pop to classics and everything in between. In fact  there is something for everyone ... We have a concert on the last Thursday of each month when we have a very good selection of all different types of professional organists/vocalists/keyboard players ... On the second Thursday of each month we have a “Free and Easy” Live Music night where the members are invited to play either on their own keyboards/electronic piano or the club's Yamaha AR100 Club organ. Everyone is given the opportunity to play and players of all ages and levels of ability are encouraged and appreciated.’

 

* Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)107
VIEWS (of Record)365
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The largest electronic organ club in the Brighton/Worthing area ... Do you like a good cross section of music, from big band to popular light classics, jazz to pop, 1930s to 80s? Would you like to hear this music played by some of the best professional organ and keyboard musicians in the country? Would you enjoy the company of others with similar music tastes in a friendly and easy-going atmosphere? How about joining us for one of our monthly concerts, two hours of great music with an interval with tea and coffee?’

* Sussex Keyboard & Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)73
VIEWS (of Record)125
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We hold monthly Concerts all of the year. We are an enthusiastic group of music lovers who always make any guests welcome ... If you would like to hear the Electronic Organ played at its best, then why not come along to our venue in North Nottinghamshire. You will be treated to 2 hours of music in a comfortable environment, with good acoustics and comfortable seating.‘

 

* Sutton-in-Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)88
VIEWS (of Record)194
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Aims are to give listening and playing pleasure to all who enjoy the modern organ and keyboard sounds. Concerts always feature professional musicians from across the UK ... A gem of a venue! Pay us a visit - you won't be disappointed! ... Visitors are always welcome to meetings with no obligation to join.’

 

* Thanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)73
VIEWS (of Record)140
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formerly used the Verwood Memorial Hall but has given monthly concerts in the Verwood HUB since its opening in 2007: ‘With the larger venue concerts are now open to the general public - there's always space! The Society prides itself on being a “Happy Society” that draws its strength by working together as a friendly Committee - a point that has been noted and commented upon many times by visiting artistes.’

 

* Verwood in Tune
VISITS (to Website)71
VIEWS (of Record)219
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Why not come along to the Weston Organ and Keyboard Club? Our Concerts are open to the public and you are more than welcome to attend, have a great evening‘s entertainment with music played on top of the range Electronic Organs and Keyboards by the best players. You do not have to join the Club. Anyone is welcome to attend.’

 

* Weston Organ & Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)65
VIEWS (of Record)144
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Mindful of the continual need to maintain an interest in its activities, and the world of electronic keyboard music in general, the Society is not afraid to attempt “something different” from time to time – especially when charities can frequently benefit from their efforts. The Club does not consist of organ aficionados: those who attend the monthly concerts simply do so because they enjoy music and live entertainment.’

* Weyhill Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of Record)433
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Withernsea is a small seaside town 20 miles east of Hull ... With the exception of January, a concert is held monthly, concerts normally begin at 7.45 ... 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.‘

 

 

* Withernsea Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)81
VIEWS (of Record)188
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The American Theatre Organ Society was founded in 1955 by a group of dedicated theatre-organ enthusiasts in America, whose main aim was to preserve the musical magic of the mighty theatre organ for future generations. Such was the success of their endeavours that new "Chapters" as the Americans called them, Branches to us, began to flourish throughout the length and breadth of the land. Today the society has thousands of members in nineteen different countries - thus making it by far the largest theatre organ society in the world. There are now chapters in countries as far away as Australia and New Zealand, whilst the United Kingdom is represented by the London and South of England Chapter which boasts a membership of nearly 160 enthusiasts all bound by a genuine love for theatre pipe-organ and its captivating sounds.'

 

* Woking Wurlitzer
VISITS (to Website)2
Also indexedAmerican Theatre Organ Society
VIEWS (of Record)9
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We hold monthly concerts given by some of the top organists from this country and abroad ... We actively encourage members of the public to come along to our concerts, to join in with what we know is a friendly relaxing atmosphere, where we hope they will all enjoy the music.’

* Woodhall Spa & District Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of Record)204
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Worthing’s wonderful Wurlitzer is a combination of select orchestral voices and superb craftsmanship. The sound you hear is produced from over 1,500 pipes, which come from the two organ chambers each side of the stage. The pipes range from 2 inches to 32 feet in length. Alongside side these pipes are real percussion instruments, a Xylophone, Vibraharp, Sleigh Bells, Drums, Cymbals, even a set of Cathedral Chimes!’ Typically, hold a dozen Sunday afternoon concerts per annum.

 

* Worthing Wurlitzer
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of Record)282
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Runs monthly concerts with some of the country's top organists ... Visitors are assured of a wonderful warm welcome by the loyal and enthusiastic team ... The society recently invested in some state of the art projection equipment including three cameras for close-ups of the keyboard and pedals - all enhancing the presentation and adding to the enjoyment of each performance.’

 

* York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
VISITS (to Website)79
VIEWS (of Record)122
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Since its inception in the late 90s, OrganFax has been a household name amongst organ and keyboard enthusiasts. Here you will find a wealth of information and useful resources related to the business of music making; this includes news, articles, directories and much much more.'

~ OrganFax
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of Record)465

‘We are very much a “Club” at heart, aiming to provide a friendly focus for like-minded people who enjoy light music played on the Theatre Organ. The Club's work is facilitated by maintaining two districts (the North and the South) which ensures members' interests can be more closely catered for. There is also a bi-monthly newsletter to which members' contributions are encouraged. We are proud of our long-term appeal and along with members who have been with the club for over 60 years, there is also a steady stream of newer members ... The Club also has a fund available to make grants to worthwhile Theatre Organ projects.’

~ Theatre Organ Club
VISITS (to Website)72
VIEWS (of Record)109

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