The Weyhill Electronic Organ Society held "Keyboard Charisma" at a packed Cricklade Theatre in Andover.
The performers were Nicholas Martin on a Technics G-100 organ, and Mike Thomson on a Yamaha piano.
"This was a nostalgic trip back to the 50's and 60's; I grew up listening to Sandy Macpherson and Reginald Dixon playing the organ on the Home Service, and I hadn't heard the music that introduced Workers Play Time or In Town Tonight for several decades"
"Well done Terry Trevett and the WEOS for putting this on, and for donating the proceeds to Age Concern Andover who made over £800 on the evening."
Guest of Honour was Lawrie McMenemy, former Manager of Southampton Football Club and President of Hanmpshire Age Concern.
ABOUT THE WEYHILL ELECTRONIC ORGAN SOCIETY
The Society was formed in April 2002, on the initiative of current Secretary Terry Trevett, and the Inaugural Concert took place on 18 July before a capacity audience at The Fairground Hall, Weyhill - three miles west of Andover. Guest artiste for that significant sell-out event was none other than Nicholas Martin and it is certainly appropriate that this popular performer has agreed to a return visit for this evening's concert.
There are around 250 organ societies in the UK but, until the formation of the Weyhill society, no such club existed in the Andover area or indeed within the Test Valley Borough. Naturally, an element of risk was attached to this particular venture but thanks to the hard work of a small committee and some willing volunteers, combined with the support and co-operation of several local organisations, it was very soon apparent that the enterprise was well worthwhile.
Anyone who enjoys melodious, easy listening, live music cannot help but derive considerable pleasure from listening to the modern electronic organ. These amazing pieces of electronic wizardry are capable of a wide range of sounds and rhythms - from military bands to orchestras, from the violin ~ the harmonica; in fact, the sounds of almost any instrument you can imagine can be reproduced by these instruments. The styles of music presented by the guest organists can range from classical to contemporary, from waltzes to marches, and me programmes are always balanced to suit most musical tastes.
There are numerous professional perforrnm on the 'clrcuit', playing a variety of electronic organs and first class entertainmenI~ within a friendly and relaxed environment, is always assured. Concerts are held at The Fairground Hall, Weyhill on the third Thursday of every month, commenclng at 7.30 p.m., and the programmes normally last two hours with an intermission of around thirty minutes for refreshments and a raffle.
Tickets are priced at £4.00 and can usually be purchased from at least one month in advance of concert dates from the Secretary or from Mimmo (Hair Stylist), Bridge Street, Andover. As seating is limited early booking m strongly recommended. Tickets at the door are priced at £5.00 but these are subject to availability. Persons interested in attending any of the concerts, or requiring further information, are invited to telephone the Secretary on 01264 323213.