'Hands on' entertainment at one of our Member's Evenings...
(L to R): Clive, Peter C, Keith, Peter R, Claude and Geoff...
...all playing their socks off on a rich assortment of new and old Yamaha keyboards. As it was the last meeting of Spring 2013 everyone wanted to be in on it!
Being able to play is of course not a requirement of membership. As a much valued listener your support for the club will be very much as important. But if you do play to a standard that entertains, then your music will be greatly appreciated. Please join us.
Keep music live!
Garden Party 2013
On a tropically sweltering Saturday afternoon in July, our annual cream tea garden party was very well attended, bringing in over £150 to add to club funds.
Enjoying the scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, whilst 'The Workers' (thanks ladies!) toiled tirelessly with tea, coffee and cool drinks, the club members spent around three pleasant hours chatting and listening to the music of Keith Thorn, playing a Tyros 4. A great time was had by all.
The Club...a potted history...
A few of our members
Our President, organist Paul Roberts...
and, below, our committee...
(L to R): Peter (Chairman), Keith, Alec (Vice Chairman), Geoff (Treasurer),
Colin, Clive (Artist Booking, to name but one of many tasks!), and Freda.
The Barnstaple Organ and Keyboard Club is now in its 51st year, having been formed in 1963. Like many clubs it has had mixed fortunes and changed names and venues many times. It currently has its home in the 'Roundswell Community Centre' which is part of the Sainsburys complex on the outskirts of Barnstaple close to the A39 (The Atlantic Highway). The Club enjoys a very supportive membership enabling top artistes to be engaged to entertain in concert every month.
Back in 1963 when "Hammond" first introduced their home organs to these shores, the proprietor of a local music shop on The Square in Barnstaple - a Mr H.W.Whiting of Nicklins Music Shop, which is no longer in existence, took the initiative by starting the 'Barnstaple Hammond Organ Society'.
Founder Mr. H. W. Whiting
The name changed to The Barnstaple Organ & Keyboard Club in the eighties at which time the Clubs President was Armsbee Bancroft, but upon his passing, Paul Roberts of Ilminster, Somerset kindly accepted the Clubs invitation to take over the presidency, and very supportive he is too. Indeed he gave our 40th Anniversary concert in October 2003 in his own distinctive style...But it's now 2014, and our name is now...
'The Barnstaple Keyboard & Light Music Club'
Which, we think, says it all.
We have now reached 51! Top musicians are performing once again for this year's entertainment. Last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a special concert given by the Club President - Paul Roberts. Our booking secretary Clive has made sure that 2014 continues to be, in the words of Ole Blue Eyes, '...A Very Good Year'. See our concert page for details.
Picturesque North Devon, with its 'capital' at Barnstaple - a place for shopping, theatre, restaurants and sports centres - attracts many visitors at all times of the year. If you are holidaying, and would enjoy an evening of relaxing music, why not check out our programme on the 'Concerts Page' and pay us a visit.
Our beautiful part of the country may be your planned holiday destination for this year, but for us it's home, and we'll gladly make you feel part of it.
We can assure you of a warm welcome with light musical entertainment suited to a particularly leisurely and relaxed part of the world.
Contact: Clive Free firstname.lastname@example.org