Our background music on this page features the talent of another of our members. On this occasion Keith Thorn plays the theme music from the film 'The Railway Children', which was recorded live at our members' own show in January 2014.
'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
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.
Our 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.
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'.
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 why not check out our Show Calender page for an evening of lively music.
Contact: Clive Free firstname.lastname@example.org