Monday, November 16, 2009

Coffee Day 16th November 2009

What a great Coffee Day! With 22 members enjoying the hospitality of Rob and Barbara Powell at their lovely Henderson home. 180 It must be a record as we had 3 keyboards brought along to augment the resident Clavinova, Tyros 3 keyboard and Electone EL15 organ! fantastically talented members, great food, good conversation and clement weather - what more could one ask for on Coffee Day. We were pleased to welcome new Club members, Joy Eade, who soon felt at home as she got stuck into the lovely Clavinova. Joy plays a large repertoire from memory. It was really stimulating listening to five keyboard being played together, especially the Christmas carols. Thank you Rob and Barbara for opening your home for us and making it such a great day for one and all.

Above Photo: Hosts Rob and Barbara Powell


Ian Jackson on the Clavinova whilst Joy Eade and Colleen Kerr watch on 







New member, Joy Eade feeling at home on the Clavinova.








Peter Brophy brought his Technics KN6500 keyboard








Colleen Kerr at home on this magnificent Clavinova









Ngaire McRae absorbed in her play








Phyl Briscoe enjoying the EL15 organ









Ken Mahy playing the Tyros 3








Roy Evans absorbed in the Clavinova and the music









June McCrorie enjoying the EL15 organ








George Watt playing the Clavinova










Host, Barbara Powell playing her lovely Tyros 3









Host for the day, Rob Powell playing his Yamaha Electone EL15 organ








Alan Wilkins playing along with his Yamaha PSR S900 keyboard with Peter Brophy on his keyboard (top left) and Jim Nicholson playing the Clavinova (top right)








Rob Powell on the Tyros 3 accompanying Phyl Briscoe on the EL15 organ





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      Above: Some of the members enjoying the occasion 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Club Night 3rd November 2009

Another fantastic evening of music! An audience of 50 persons heard some great music played by some of our members in the first half using four keyboards and the Clavinova - great diversity and  lovely music. DSCF1445 The second-half of the evening was taken-over by our special guest artist, Rendall Miller, who played a programme of 19 pieces and an encore! We are privileged to have such a talented pianist in Auckland. Rendall had pre-recorded two songs on the Clubs Technics GA3 organ at a familiarization session last week. Rendall then proceeded to play the two pieces back on the organ whilst accompanying himself on the Clavinova! Rendall is a professional organist as well as pianist! Fascinating stuff. All in all, a splendid evening of music, fun and camaraderie.

The raffle prizes (kindly donated by Evelyn Evans) were won by Jack Briscoe (the ladies purses set) and Jesse Osbourne (the Ann Geddes photo album). It was pleasing to see the uptake of the music CD's that Rendall had brought along at the special Club Night special price - in fact, Rendall told me after the concert that he had sold out!

Here are the photos:




John Beales playing the arrival music on his new Korg Pa500. Well done John - nice arrangements and smooth playing.







 Colin Crann did a very nice cameo of a song he played last month. Last month there was a glitch with the memory stick registrations but it sounded great this month!






 Gordon Sutherland playing his Tyros 

Photo courtesy of Club Secretary, Colleen Kerr.






Des Rouse played his Yamaha PSR 3000 very nicely as always.








 Ngaire McRae treated us to three great arrangements played in classical piano style on the Clavinova. See Ngaire, the practice did pay off!





Skip Eade brought his Korg Pa1X along and played four pieces for us with some great styles and slick playing.




            Above: Rendall Miller in full-flight on the Club's Clavinova


        Some of the captivated audience intrigued with the wonderful playing of

                                      Rendall Miller on the Clavinova.




Club President, Gordon Sutherland, thanking Rendall for a wonderful concert.

Photo courtesy of Club Secretary, Colleen Kerr.

 More information about Rendall Miller and his wonderful CD's is available on the Club's Web Page for Rendall Miller - the link also includes contact details for Rendall who is available for concerts.