Saturday, September 27, 2008

Deryn Trainer at Atwaters 27th September 2008

Deryn Trainer gave a great mini concert at Atwaters Hobson Street, Auckland City. Deryn has just released his album "Deryn Trainer" and he played some of the terrific tracks from the album. Deryn even played requests superbly! Thanks for a wonderful concert Deryn and taking the time to share your musical development from the age of 4 years.
A big thank you to Murray Hancox of Atwaters for arranging this concert. Before the concert, Murray showed us how easy it is to download songs from the Internet straight into the 400 series Clavinovas - amazing.
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Deryn played Mark Knopfler's beautiful
"Going Home" on the Yamaha Grand

Deryn playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man"
harmonica and all - superb!

Murray Hancox giving a big thank you to
Deryn for the great concert
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Murray did the vocals for the encore

The enthusiasts
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mainline Musicworks Concert 24th September 2008

Thank you Mainline Musicworks for a very enjoyable evening - not only did we have the pleasure of some lovely playing by Darren Smith on the Yamaha Clavinova CVP-409 but we learnt a lot more about the technology and how to get the amazing sounds out of these wonderful pianos. Also, I am sure our members will take good advantage of the "Keyboard Corner" where they can come in and at their leisure play one of the Clavinovas in a dedicated area. What a great way to rehearse for playing Club Clavinovas or just enjoying the moment.

We look forward to great customer service and support from your new Piano and Keyboard Department Manager, Edward Waaka - best wishes for your new assignment Edward.

Darren was using an expression foot pedal to great effect -
this is brilliant for realism with your orchestral sounds.

Gordon caught taking a photo of Darren
Photo shoot-out at OK Coral!
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Some of the music enthusiasts at the Concert - Lots of
NS Amateur Organ and Keyboard Club Members here!
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Darren explaining some features of the CVP-409
to some of the North Shore members
"Take note, guys"
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Mainline Musicworks launches "Yamaha Corner"

Official opening at 7.00pm Wednesday 24th September 2008 at 7.00pm with Darren Smith playing the Clavinova/keyboards! There will be refreshments provided in the form of cheese and wine. Location: Mainline Musicworks, 42 Taharoto Road, Takapuna. There is parking at the front and rear of the building.

This is a great place for our members to go and practice on a Clavinova so that they can be comfortable playing the Club's Clavinova on Club Night. With the sofa available and headphones provided for the bashful what a nice way to spend an hour or so with a friend or partner. I am sure the Mainline staff will be happy to assist you or show you other keyboards that you may be interested in.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Coffee Day 22nd September 2008

What a wonderful day hosted by Phyl and Jack Briscoe at their lovely Mairangi Bay home. The weather was a perfect spring day and the 15 members enjoyed a variety of instruments played even a duet and jam session. Thank you Phyl and Jack for a great day of food, music and convivial company - what more can you ask for!
Pam Rea enjoying the Yamaha Electone EL90 organ
and then the Korg Pa1X keyboard
Some of the happy 'campers' enjoying the day
Rob giving the Schimmel a good work out
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Ngaire McRae 'at home' with the Schimmel
George Watt had us rocking to the 50's hits
Lunch basking in the spring sunshine and Tui in the trees
Phyl Briscoe and Marlene Forrest
giving a stunning duet performance
of "The Holy City" - superb playing and
what a lovely arrangement
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Phyl and Marlene thrilling us with their
lovely duet of "The Holy City"

Jim Nicholson showed his great touch on the piano
Jim and Rob Powell jamming - very enjoyable
A different perspective
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Richard Hore at the Octagon "The House of the Rising Sun" - enjoy! (Streaming Video is best played with Broadband)

Richard Hore Concert 20th September 2008

Our Club was very proud to promote this wonderful Concert in conjunction with Eastern Suburbs Organ Society. A near full house of approximately eighty people (and one dog - Vicki) was at our Club Rooms at the Takapuna Bowling Club to be blown-away by Richard Hore from Christchurch in Concert on the Club’s mighty Technics GA3 organ and what a performance indeed. Richard even “tickled the ivories” superbly on our Clavinova piano. Every body left with a big smile on their face at about 10.20pm (yes, over two solid hours of sheer musical magic). Thanks to all the support members from both Clubs for making the evening such a success. A big thank you also for the promotion of the Concert by: Creative Keyboard Club; Hibiscus Organ and Keyboard Club; and the Organ Society of New Zealand Inc. Also, a big thank you to Brian Massey for assisting in moving all those chairs!
Richard's Web Site:
Richard made the Technics GA3 talk!
Richard played the Club's Clavinova superbly
despite being unfamiliar with the piano!
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We all enjoyed Richard's great humour!
Richard receiving thanks from
President, Gordon Sutherland, of NS Amateur
Organ and Keyboard Club for a
wonderful Concert
Some of the audience - all ears!
More audience engrossed in the music
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Club Night 2nd September 2008

Our guest artist, Vladimir Shilov, dazzled us with his piano skills and very nice selection of music covering many genre. The good news is that Vladimir has promised to come back next year and share with us a completely new repetoire that he has put together. Wow, we can't wait!

Our guest artist Vladimir Shilov wowing us!

Japanese visitor Minori Watanabe
came back again from last month and
played a couple of lovely songs - and we were told
you are very shy Minori! Well done and visit us again
next time you are 'down under'
Club President Gordon Sutherland

Club Secretary Colleen Kerr
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