Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Prescott Club 30th November 2011

As part of the North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club's "bringing music to the Community" programme, it was our pleasure to entertain the Age Concern's Prescott Club members at St Joseph's Church Hall in Takapuna. This is a weekly event put on for the senior citizens by this hard working organization and we are proud and pleased to be able to contribute an hourly concert at least once a month for them. As this concert was the last of the year their was a Christmas feel to the show and whilst Santa Clause couldn't make it he arranged for a beautiful fairy named Fiona to come along and share some Christmas cheer. Now where did Peter Brophy the NSOKC's Events Manager disappear to just after the start of the show!

Fiona, the fairy, bringing Christmas cheer to the Prescott Club members whilst Len Hancy croons in the background Colin Crann playing his Yamaha PSR-710 whilst Yvonne, his wife, watches on intently Jim Nicholson on piano accompanying Len Hancy on vocals

Jim Nicholson the Club Treasurer, accompanying (on piano) Len Hancy on vocals  Fiona, the fairy, enchanting Len Hancy as he sang to the Prescott Club members. Peter Brophy, the North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club's Events Manager, appeared at the start of the show but then disappeared. I wonder what Fiona's surname is? Some of the Prescott Club members enjoying the entertainment prior to their luncheon

Fiona, the fairy, using her magic wand and silvery shaker to conjure up some Christmas cheer Fiona inviting a 95 years young Prescott Club member to dance Fiona dancing with a 95 years young Prescott Club member

Fiona, the fairy, charming a Prescott Club member. This guy should be nimble on his feet as he used to play professional soccer for Newcaste United in the UK!        Fiona, Len Hancey on vocals and Jim Nicholson on piano entertaining the appreciative and responsive Prescott Club members

Monday, November 21, 2011

Coffee Day 21st November 2011

The keen members made the trek over to St Heliers for Coffee Day at Peter and Lizza Littlejohn's lovely home. Lizza took the day off work specially to cater for the members both morning tea, lunch and a superb BBQ banquet in the evening. The music was great as always with members participating in the morning and afternoon. Pre-dinner and after dinner we were treated to a great concert by John Bercich and Damien Shalfoon. John playing two stacked keyboards and accompanied by Damien on drums. A lovely day was had by those attending and on behalf of the Club a big thank you to Peter and Lizza for the incredible hard work to make the day so memorable. A pity more members couldn't make it along and enjoy the occasion also.

SAM_0667 Members engaged in conversation whilst listening to the music at the same time. Rob Powell had a go on the Korg Pa3X and made it sound pretty good too!

Peter Brophy accompanying one of the other keyboards. SAM_0671 Gordon Sutherland playing his Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Peter Littlejohn

SAM_0674 Delyse Whorwood giving the Korg Pa1X a whirl SAM_0676

Jack of all trades, Rob Powell gave the Technics GA1 a good airing. SAM_0679 Rob Powell leading on the Pa3X with Peter Brophy (right) accompanying

SAM_0682     Damien Shalfoon accompanied John Bercich on one of his drum sets. Damien was a guest from the Eastern Suburbs Organ Society.

John Bercich in full flght on his two Korg keyboards. Actually, John was using Ken Mahy's Pa80.         Damien Shalfoon on drums accompanying John Bercich on keyboards 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Club Night 1st November 2011

The evening may have been stormy outside, but what a great ray of sunshine inside! We were treated to some great Club member playing in the first half and then treated to a wonderful concert in the second half which lasted a full 1 hour and 5 minutes non-stop! Our guest artists were Murray Hancox and Darren Smith both with the Musicworks Group.

George Watt playing the arrival music on our Technics GA3 organ              Michael Bramley playing his Yamaha PSR-910 keyboard

Michael Bramley singing along with the rhythm                 Ian Jackson gave us a cameo covering a broad spectrum of genres on our Clavinova CVP-509 

Below Video Clip of Colleen Kerr giving a mini-recital on Club Night

Ken played us 5 great songs on his Korg Pa1X. Photo courtesy of Zhibin Zheng (Ben)               Club Secretary, Colleen Kerr, playing the Clavinova for us with great touch and feel

Guest artist, Murray Hancox, played and sang for us for about 35 minutes on our Yamaha Clavinova CVP-509. Murray certainly made the instrument talk as well - but then he sells them at Musicworks Atwaters in Auckland City! Great show (as always) thanks Murray.                   Darren Smith, National Retail Sales Manager for the Musicworks Group, was our second guest artist and played for about 35 minutes for us with a mixture of straight piano and arrangements. What a magic touch and great sensitivity and sound quality coming from this pedigree instrument. Thanks Darren. 

To wrap-up the show, Darren and Murray put together a few songs with Murray on vocals and Darren accompanying on the Clavinova. As an encore, they did a great rendition of Georgia. Thanks guys for taking the time out of your hectic business lives to come and spend an evenig with us and sharing your great music and playing abilities. Photo courtesy of Zhibin Zheng (Ben)          Club President, Gordon Sutherland (left), presenting Darren Smith (middle) and Murray Hancox (right) with a gift for their wonderful concert. Photo courtesy of Zhibin Zheng (Ben)