Dear Friends & Members
I am pleased to announce that the October Concert on Monday 12th with Steve Hubble WILL take place. A recent meeting of the Venue committee has given the go ahead based on the safety procedures they have put in place in the venue which have been in operation for some time now.
We are required to vacate the premises by 10.00 pm so we will be starting early, promptly at 7.00pm. We will break for 15 mins at 8.00 pm and finish at 9.15 pm.
The following corona virus procedures will be in operation.
1. Please wear a face covering when entering the building or moving around within the building. You may remove the covering when seated.
2 Please follow the directional arrows when entering/ leaving or moving around within the building. Remember to sign in with your vehicle registration!
3 Please use the hand sanitisers which are in place.
4 Tables are set out with correct spacing , please do not move tables or over populate them.
5 Table service will be provided by the staff, please do not approach the bar directly. Payment may be by cash or contactless card.
6 Entrance fee is £5 cash only, raffle tickets £1 per strip. Please try to have correct money to reduce hand contact.
7 Steve Hubble will have CD's for sale, please maintain correct distance and use face covering when speaking with Steve.
8 Tea and coffee service will not be provided by us, we do not know who may be available to assist with serving and the restrictions applied will make it very difficult to provide the service.
9 We do not know how many people will attend, we think maybe 30 to a max of 40, if all goes well and Boris doesn't change anything we expect to see Brett Wales in November and Elizabeth Harrison in December.
Hope to see some of you Monday but fully understand those who are isolating or still nervous of crowds - there are obviously still a lot of idiots around who do not consider what they may be doing when they are out (but not our members!)
This is a reminder that the April concert has been cancelled and we have now cancelled the May concert with David Ingley. I will cancel other concerts only when necessary and if the venue is closed. Our entertainers rely on our concerts for their living and we must try to operate our concerts if at all possible. Please try to keep up to date by visiting our website for information. Please contact your friends and advise them of the cancellations, I only have a few email addresses.
The following text is from the recent edition of Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade and kindly provided by Michael Wooldridge. If you miss our concerts you may enjoy some of the programmes he has listed below.
WHERE TO HEAR 'OUR KIND OF MUSIC' ONLINE
First of all, some that offer weekly programmes, strangely mainly of theatre organ music, past and present, so as well as the new programmes each week, you can often enjoy hundreds of hours from earlier editions:
Monday - Pandemic Prescription Podcast - An extra programme each week from The Organist Encores team until the end of the lock-down - www.organistencores.com
Wednesday - Scottish Cinema Organ Trust present their 'S.C.O.T Soirées' - A series of specially recorded broadcasts concerts by top name players - www.scotwurlitzer.com/soiree
Thursday - The Organist Encores Podcast - A regular weekly programme from the talented team of Damon Cox, Nigel Ogden & John Leeming, who present favourite recordings and sometimes specially recorded broadcasts - www.organistencores.com
Then there are all of these sites to try:
Community Keyboards - One of the best and longest established programmes, presented by Ian Wolstenholme and including electronic and theatre organ music and celebrity interviews - www.communitykeyboards.com
American Theatre Organ Society Radio - The finest theatre organ recordings from all around the world, 24 hours a day - https://atosradio.org/atosradio/landings.html
Hot Pipes Podcast & Broadcast - Regular weekly programmes and back catalogue from Steve Ashley - www.hotpipes.eu
Organ1st Radio - A monthly hour long podcast of recordings old and new, presented by the organ world's mine of information, Alan Ashton. Also from here you can follow links to Alan's 'Gramrphone' YouTube channel, which has dozens of entertaining and informative organ related videos - www.organradio.com
A few more YouTube Channels well worth checking out are:
OrganMusicYT - A channel on which you will find dozens, maybe hundreds, of theatre organ videos
Compton Lodge Studios - Over a thousand videos to watch!
Mike Bracchi - Mike used to own an organ shop through some of the most exciting days of the organ trade. Now retired, he is a veritable wealth of information about electronic organs throughout the ages and his YouTube page has around 300 videos featuring brilliant electronic organ music, with videos themed around certain instruments or players, and other videos that are complete albums or compilations from the world's very finest electronic organ players through the ages. There are some very exciting and inspirational recordings amongst them.
Of course, many musicians have clips (plus other interesting information) on their own websites, which you'll usually be able to find by entering their names in to your search engine. Mine are at http://www.michaelwooldridge.co.uk/samples.htm