Thursday, September 19, 2013
Keyboard players meet for special anniversary concert.
A BARNSTAPLE club that began life in a town centre music shop is celebrating 50 years of keys and kinship this month.
The Barnstaple Keyboard and Light Music Club was formed in 1963 when Hammond organ owners started meeting at the former Nicklin’s Music Shop on The Square.
Known at the time as the Hammond Organ Society, the club grew with the popularity of electronic keyboards.
During the last five decades, it has brought some of the UK’s most talented players to Barnstaple.
The club nearly folded following the closure of Nicklin’s in 1982 but has kept the music alive despite several changes of venue and a couple of name changes over the years.
Chairman Peter Rodway said the club was unique, being the first of its kind to celebrate a golden anniversary.
“Although perhaps not so numerous as in the halcyon days of the 60s, our concerts are well attended and we have achieved somewhat of a milestone celebrating 50 years,” he said.
Looking to the future, Mr Rodway said the club was hoping to boost membership and strengthen its ties with its chosen local charity, North Devon Hospice.
“We are hoping to make greater use of local events to raise the profile of the club and promote organ and keyboard light music well into the future.”
The club hosts concert evenings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at its current home at Roundswell Community Centre, the most recent being Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jean Martyn.
On Tuesday (24), the club is holding a special anniversary concert featuring president Paul Roberts.
The show starts at 7.45pm and will feature a bring and share supper and raffle.
For more information about the club, visit http://barnstaplekeyboardclub.webs.com