Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Club’s Christmas Party at Fairview Lifestyle Village

What a great way to finish off a wonderful year of musical adventures both on Club Nights, Coffee Days, Community Music Days at lifestyle villages and musical daytrips to such places at Piha RSA! Our Christmas Party this year was held at Fairview Lifestyle Village, Fairview Heights, Albany where many of our members are residents of this lovely Village. 
Santa guarding the three raffle prizes on offer from the Entry Desk. A big thank you to Diane Lyons for choosing and wrapping the presents so nicely. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.Festivities started at 2.30 pm and carried on until 5 pm with members playing their keyboards or the grand piano and to a sizable audience of members and residents. Happy Hour between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm saw our special guest artists play for us - firstly, Denise Gunson and then Ben Fernandez. They certainly bring out the best in the lovely grand piano in the Village's luxurious lounge.
At 6.15 pm we enjoyed a  magnificent BBQ from the creativity of Fairview's gourmet chef, we had about 42 members participating in the BBQ and about 25 residents.
Come 7.00 pm we were back into the music with Len Hancy and Mary Barrett giving us a great 25 minute mini-concert. Next up Kevin and Jan Johnston gave us some rousing upbeat music to get the feet tapping and the dancers up on the ballroom floor. To finish off the evening, an impromptu band gave us some great dance music and jazz singing provided by Len Hancy (and occasional strains from Margaret Black!). The band consisted of Len Hancy (vocals), Jan Johnston (keyboard), Kevin Johnston (acoustic guitar), Peter Brophy (keyboard) and Sandi Crawford (keyboard) and Jim Nicholson (grand piano). They certainly got people up and onto the dance floor!
As always, the NSOKC extends much thanks to the Social Committee of the Village and to the Management. Special thanks to resident, Barbara Bailey for interfacing with the Village and our Events Manager, Diane Lyons - good job all round! A big thank you also to the door staff, Delyse Whorwood, Margaret Black, Peter Littlejohn and Dennis Lyons (who also took the photos as the Club's Official Photographer).
The NSOKC Committee takes this opportunity to extend to all our members and followers a very Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Hopefully, your Club will put together another great programme of music for 2015.

                Our member from New Plymouth, Jeanette Harding, playing the grand piano and singing for the members and residents.       SAM_2524

Our Events Manager, Diane Lyons (standing), and member, Margaret Black, managing the entry table and issuing raffle tickets. Colleen and John Perkin dueting for the members and residents. Colleen on her Clarinet and John accompanying on grand piano.

            Peter Jackson crooning away for the members and residents.       Peter Jackson playing his Yamaha PSR-S950 for the members and residents.

Jeanette Harding (all the way from New Plymouth on the grand piano, dueting with Gordon Sutherland on his Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. Residents and members of the NSOKC enjoying the music on the dance floor. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

    The Three Musketeers, Diane Lyons, Margaret Black and Barbara Bailey, preparing to organize the BBQ. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Jim Nicholson playing the grand piano making it look consumately easy! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.    Our singing trio, Peter Jackson, Diane Lyons and Margaret Black. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Diane Lyons and Margaret Black dueting to the delight of the audience. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.     Events Manager, Diane Lyons, playing her Korg Pa900 whilst Margaret Black watches on whilst crewing the Entry Desk. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Roy Steen playing the Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.    President, Gordon Sutherland, preparing his Korg Pa3X before playing a few pieces. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Claude Moffat playing the grand piano. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. Claude Moffat playing the grand piano. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Denise Gunson gave an impromptu but slick nevertheless performance during Happy Hour. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Our very special guest artist, professional musician Ben Fernandez kindly took time from his busy schedule to come and play for us in Happy Hour. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. 

And the Band played on! Kevin and Jan Johnston with Peter Brophy swinging along. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. 

Our guest artists, Kevin and Jan Johnston, gave us a great bouncy after dinner concert - certainly got the audience on their feet and heading for the dance floor. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Club Night 2nd December 2014

A very special Christmas Club Night with record numbers of members and visitors attending the evening. With members from as far afield as New Plymouth and Algies Bay in attendance the Club must be doing something right! Great artists performed for us and were given an extended play time of 25 minutes so that they could really stretch-out their musical creativity. A big thank you to the members for all the wonderful donations for our Christmas Hamper Raffle. We had 12 hampers chocker with goodies!

Our Secretary, Delyse Whorwood, also put on a very special supper to celebrate the occasion and Christmas spirit. It was nice to welcome member, Margaret Black, to assisting with door duties - a very vital role to gather in the dollars! Our events manager, Diane Lyons, was busy also in the supper break collecting names for our Christmas Party BBQ to be held at Fairview Lifestyle Village on Saturday afternoon and evening of 13th December 2014. We have Ben Fernandez generously donating his time for the Happy Hour between 5 and 6 pm with members playing between 3 and 5 pm. After the BBQ we will have Band Music to bop along with. Should be an occasion not to miss.

As we come to the end of 2014, the Committee of The North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club take this opportunity of thanking members for their support during the year and wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

The Videos:

Jan and Kevin Johnston came all the way from Algies Bay to play for the Club on the evening. Jan playing her Korg Pa1X and Kevin his Crafter acoustic guitar:

Jeanette Harding, a new member this year, came all the way from New Plymouth to make her Club debut on her brand new Korg Pa3X arranger keyboard:

Roy Steen, brought his trusty Korg Pa80 arranger keyboard to play for us on the evening:

The Photos:

 

Watt     Steen

Harding 2  Harding 1

Gunsons

Denise  Brian

Johnstons  Fernandez

Thank You

Audience

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Coffee Day 18th November 2014

A lovely day at our Secretary Delyse Whorwood's home for Coffee Day. With a Clavinova, a Korg Pa1X and a Technics KN6500 to choose from our players had a ball! A quick headcount indicated we had 26 members enjoying the Day! After some great music and a huge luncheon banquet, Delyse Whorwood, Diane Lyons and Desiree Barrows worked on packing the Christmas Hampers for our Club Night on 2nd December 2014 - with the generosity of our members, the Hampers are filling rapidly - not to be missed!
A big thank you to Delyse for sharing her lovely home with us and to Diane Lyons particularly who helped Delyse keep the food and drinks flowing all day.

SAM_2507 Gordon Sutherland searching for inspiration? Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

George Watt playing Delyse's Clavinova.             SAM_2512

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Roy Steen playing Delyse's Korg Pa1X with Rob Powell playing along on the Clavinova.     Rob playing Delyse's Clavinova.

Desiree Barrows, Delysie Whorwood and Diane Lyons celebrating a job well done packing the Xmas Hampers for our December Club Night. They packed the goodies after the Coffee Day finished. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. The goodies for the Xmas Hamper Raffle - building nicely! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Club Night 4th November 2014

A nice variety of styles of music in the first half courtesy of four of our talented members who brought along their keyboards to play for us. In order of play they were: John Beales (arrivals and performance); Diane Lyons; Claude Moffat; and Colin Crann. After the raffle draw and a nice tea break we were entertained by our special guest artist, Louise Lamb. Louise is an accomplished professional pianist and teacher. Louise played our Clavinova CVP-509 to perfection giving us a selection of jazz standards from the golden era of such music - the 1920's and 1930's. It doesn't get much better than Hoagy Carmichael and George Gershwin!

Committee Members, Delyse Whorwood and Diane Lyons, have been sorting our sheet music including some new music book donations and these were set-up downstairs for people to peruse as they had their refreshments break. A big thank you to the Committee as always and door duty staff for a great job to make the meeting go so smoothly. Also, a big thank you to members who have donated so generously to our Christmas Hamper Raffle. The food, drinks and novelty items are building nicely!

The Videos:

Our Guest Artist, Louise Lamb, playing the Club’s Clavinova CVP-509. Louise is a professional musician and piano teacher based on the Hibiscus Coast.

Club Member, John Beales, playing his Korg Pa500.

Member, Claude Moffat, playing the Club’s Clavinova CVP-509 on his debut at the Club.

Member, Colin Crann, playing his Korg Pa3X (76 note version) on Club Night.

The Photos:

John Beales preparing to play his Korg Pa500 for us. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.  John Beales playing his Korg Pa500 for us. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

The Club's Events Manager, Diane Lyons, played the arrival music on her new Korg Pa900. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.            The Club's Events Manager, Diane Lyons, playing her new Korg Pa900. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Claude Moffat preparing to play the Clavinova on his Club debut! And play he did exceedingly well! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.      Claude Moffat playing the Clavinova on his Club debut! Great music, well done Claude! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Colin Crann enjoying the occasion as he played his Korg Pa3X 76 note version for us. Great arrangements and great sound! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Our guest artist, professional pianist and music teacher, Louise Lamb. Louise played jazz standards from the goldern era of the 1920's and 1930's. Certainly Louise broght the best out of our top-of-the-line Clavinova CVP-509. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.  Our guest artist, professional pianist and music teacher, Louise Lamb. Louise played jazz standards from the goldern era of the 1920's and 1930's. Certainly Louise broght the best out of our top-of-the-line Clavinova CVP-509. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Club President, Gordon Sutherland, thanking Louise Lamb for her magnificent concert. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Community Music Day at Evelyn Page Retirement Village

It doesn't get much better than this!  A full house of over 130 people enjoyed  a great day of music, companionship, beautiful surroundings, and great food courtesy of Ryman Healthcare! We had close on 40 members turn-up for the venue and somehow we managed to squeeze in about 18 performances and involving some 40 players (including the Evelyn Page Choir of 18 singers). Kudos also goes to our guest artists, Denise and Brian Gunson and John Perkin.

 
What a lovely Village and we are grateful to the preparation work done by our hosts for the day, Dorothy and Trevor Waddel and Julia and Bob Bissett. Credit must also go to our Events Manager, Diane Lyons and our Secretary, Delyse Whorwood, and our Club Photographer, Dennis Lyons for making the background arrangements go so smoothly.


All in all a very memorable day to remember. We have even got an invite back to play again next year!

A Panorama shot in the morning. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

A Panorama shot in the afternoon. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Quite an array of keyboards! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Club President, Gordon Sutherland, playing his Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Guest artist, John Perkin, gave us a mini-concert of about 25 minutes using the Korg Pa900. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

A packed house of probably 130 people enjoying the wonderful venue and diversity of music. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Our guest artists, Denise and Brian Gunson, giving a concert for us to finish off a great days music. Denise and Brian ended-up having to give three encores to satisfy the appetite of the enthusiastic audience. Photo courtesy of Club Photographer, Dennis Lyons

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Club Night 7th October 2014

What a wonderful Club Night! Great music from our members in the first half and then a stunning concert by The Dave Hallam Trio. In the first half, Desiree Barrows, Ian Jackson, John Perkin, and Denise Gunson gave great individual performances.  In the second half of the program, The Dave Hallam Trio turned-on a magic concert! Guy Halpe on bass, Damien Shalfoon on drums, and Dave Hallam on Clavinova digital piano. A full house enjoyed the wonderful music.

The Dave Hallam Trio Video:

Our Guest Artists, The Dave Hallam Trio, playing on Club Night.

The Photos from Club Night:

Ian Jackson kindly played the arrival music and then gave a performance in the first half of the program. Ian was using the Club's Clavinova CVP-509. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. Desiree Barrows playing her Korg Pa500. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Desiree Barrows playing her Korg Pa500. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. John Perkin played the Club's Clavinova CVP-509. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Denise Gunson played the Club's Clavinova CVP-509 for us. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Lyons. Denise Gunson played the Club's Clavinova CVP-509 for us. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Our special guest artists this month were Dave Hallam on keyboard, Damien Shalfoon on drums, and Guy Halpe on double bass and electric bass - The Dave Hallam Trio. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Damien Shalfoon with his extensive box of tricks excited us with his great drumming. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons. Guy Halpe's fretless electric bass. This is a custom bass guitar with the unique property of the fret board being overlayed with carbon fibre. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Band leader, Dave Hallam, setting-up to play the Club's Clavinova. Photo Courtesy of Dennis Lyons. Club President, Gordon Sutherland, thanking Guy Halpe, Damien Shalfoon and Dave Hallam (L:R) for a terrific concert. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Day 16th September 2014

A very nice day was had at Rob and Barbara Powell's lovely home in Henderson. We were spoilt with the choice of the Clavinova CVP-210, Electone EL15 organ, and the very latest Yamaha Tyros 5 keyboard. A great day of music, convivial conversation and nice vitals to enjoy as well!
Thank you Rob and Barbara for sharing your home with us for Coffee Day.

Powell club day 1 

Powell club day 2  

Members enjoying the lunch break.  Members enjoying the lunch break.

Our host, Barbara Powell, entertaining us on her lovely Yamaha Tyros 5.  Our host, Rob Powell, playing his Yamaha Electone EL15 organ.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Club Night 2nd September 2014

What a wonderful night of music! Great variety in the first half with members playing and then a fabulous concert by our very special guest artist, Deryn Trainer, in the second half. In the first half, Yvonne Moller started the evening off on her Korg Pa1X and followed by Ann Izzillo (all the way from Rotorua) on her Korg Pa3X. Denis Stewart then playing his Yamaha Tyros 4 and to finish off the first half Doug Farr played the Technics GA3 - what a great instrument!
A big thank you to Music Planet who acted as our sponsors for the evening and making the concert given by Deryn possible.

The Videos:

Doug Farr playing the Club’s Technics GA3 Organ on Club Night:

Yvonne Moller playing her Korg Pa1X on Club Night:

Ann Izzillo playing her Korg Pa3X on Club Night:

Denis Stewart playing his Yamaha Tyros 4 on Club Night:

The Photos:

Guest artist Deryn Trainer setting-up for his concert. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons          Yvonne Moller playing her Korg Pa1X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Ann Izzillo preparing to play her Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Ann Izzillo playing her Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Denis Stewart preparing to play his Yamaha Tyros 4. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Denis Stewart playing his Yamaha Tyros 4. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Doug Farr setting-up the Technics GA3 organ. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Doug Farr playing the Techics Ga3 organ .  Great to hear this wonderful machine in full flight. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Doug Farr playing the Technics GA3. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Our guest artist, Deryn Trainer, brought along a Korg keyboard, Pa3X 76 note. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Our guest artist, Deryn Trainer, played "Hello" on the Club's Yamaha CVP-509 Clavinova. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Club President, Gordon Sutherland, thanking Deryn Trainer for his fantastic concert. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

A panorama shot of the members and visitors enjoying the evening's entertainment. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

A panorama shot of the members and visitors enjoying the evening's entertainment. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coffee Day at Fairview Lifestyle Village –19th August 2014

A wonderful day of music was had by one and all and held in the main lounge of the lovely Fairview Lifestyle Village in Albany. Both the residents, visitors and members of the North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club made up a goodly-sized audience for a most relaxing day of good conversation and wonderful music. It was great to have the cafeteria available with a great choice of light lunches to choose.
A big thank you to the management of Fairview Lifestyle Village and to all the players and attendees for making the day so memorable. A big thank you also to our Events Manager, Diane Lyons, for arranging the venue. Also, thanks to our Secretary, Delyse Whorwood for assisting at the information desk. As always, our guru photographer, Dennis Lyons, did a great job with the photos.

Some of the audience for the Concert. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Gordon Sutherland helping to set-up the microphone stand for Diane Lyons who played her lovely Korg Pa900 and with vocals. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons  Gordon Sutherland and Diane Lyons setting-up their insturments before the Concert. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Gordon Sutherland playing his Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons     It was all go at the front desk welcoming guests and residents to the Community Music Day. Our Events Manager, Diane Lyons (on the left) and our Secretary, Delyse Whorwood (sitting) took control of the 'command post'. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Bennie Gunn gave a recital on the grand piano during the lunch break. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons       Peter Brophy setting-up his Korg Pa900 with Diane Lyons taking a keen interest as she has recently purchased one of these instruments. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

John Beales brought along his Korg Pa500 to play for us. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons         Sandi Crawford talking to Jim Nicholson. Jim played the grand piano during the lunch break. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

George Marcowitz played the Korg Pa800. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons           Mary Barrett played the Korg Pa800 - nice arrangements. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Roy Steen playing the Korg Pa3X both solo and also accompanying Errol Storey. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons      Michael Bramley played the Yamaha PSR-S950 of Bennis Gunn. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Barbara McNab did something different and played the grand piano rather than her keyboard. Very nice Barbara! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons     Peter Brophy played his Korg Pa900 for us. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Sandi Crawford played the Korg Pa900. Sandi has only been learning the keyboard for 3 months being a pianist. Sandi played very well too! Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons Sandi Crawford accompanied Len Hancy on vocals.

Bennie Gunn played his Yamaha PSR-S950 for us. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons   Bennie Gunn accompanied Len Hancy (vocals) on the grand piano. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Brian Gunson accompanied Denise Gunson with his USA G & L electric guitar. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons A study in concentration. Denise playing the grand piano whilst Brian Gunson accompanies on guitar. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons

Our guest artist, Denise Gunson, played the grand pinao for us. Photo courtesy of Dennis Lyons