Monday, September 17, 2012

Coffee Day 17th September 2012

Thank you Pam and John Rea for hosting our Coffee Day at your lovely home. About 22 members were present for a great day of music, convivial conversation and gourmet gorging! We had lots of instruments available from Yamaha and Korg and so everybody found an instrument comfortable to play.

Our gracious host, Pam Rea playing her Korg Pa80 Colin Crann got the Coffee Day session off for us using Pam Rea's Korg Pa80 Barbara McNab played Peter Brophy's Yamaha PSR-910

The Banquet! SAM_1262 Denise Gunson playing the Club's Korg SP250

Dorothy Waddel playing the Club's Korg SP250 George Watt playing the Club's Korg SP250 Barbara McNab having a second helping on the Yamaha PSR-910 Ken Mahy playing the Korg Pa80 Gordon France playing his Eukulele-Banjo with vocals Desiree Barrows playing the Korg Pa80

        SAM_1278                                  Eileen France played the Korg SP250 

The Role of Honour! The remaining slots were taken-up by Eileen France, Barbara McNab (second go), Denise Gunson (second go), and Diane Lyons (debut!).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Club Night 4th September 2012

Some Club Nights are special and this one was 'top-draw'. A very gratifying large turn-out of members and visitors were treated to a feast of wonderful music by our members in the first half and then our very special Guest Artist, Ron Stanwell, President of the Tauranga Organ and Keyboard Society. Ron came up special from Tauranga to give the concert for us. This was the first time he has played for our Club and it was worth the 34 year wait! Ron brought his Yamaha Tyros 3 keyboard and showed his mastery of the keyboard built-up over 60+ years of playing both in NZ and UK. Ron has given permission for a few video clips to be linked on our site to YouTube [dot] com so re-live part of the magic of the evening by playing the links below (when edited and incorporated) or if you couldn't make the evening well here is some consolatory music. It was a great pleasure to honour our retiring Secretary, Colleen Kerr, with a presentation and bouquet of flowers for her dedication over many years to the Club. Colleen will remain on the Committee we are pleased to advise. Peter Littlejohn has kindly agreed to be our acting-Secretary.
YouTube Video Clips of our Guest Artist, Ron Stanwell, playing his Tyros 3 at our Club
“The Lonely Shepherd”

“Stompin’ At The Savoy”
“Highland Cathedral”


President, Gordon Sutherland, presenting our former Secretary, Colleen Kerr, with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for being such a great Secretary to the Club for so many years. Photo courtesy of Peter Littlejohn.
George Watt playing the Technics GA3 organ for the Arrival Music                Peter Jackson enterained us with vocals to mp3 audio backings as well as having us 'in tuts' with some cracking jokes.
Warren Levick played our Clavinova with some lovely arrangements of jazz standards.       Ken Mahy entertained us on his Korg Pa1X. Nice use of chords and pads!
Rob Powell, President of the Organ Society of NZ Inc., played the Clavinova to great effect and bringing out some of the wonderful style arrangements and lovely sounds from this top-of-the-line CVP-509 instrument
Our Guest Artist for the evening - Ron Stanwell. Ron is President of Tauranga Organ & Keyboard Society and came up especially to do this concert for the Club! Ron's 60+ years of experience as a professional musician both in NZ and UK showed. Ron played his Yamaha Tyros 3 magnificently - great song choice, effective use of styles, and wonderful sound arrangements, not to mention his wonderful prowess on the keys! Ron played 11 pieces for us of a mixed genre and then gave us an impromptu and rousing encore.  Club President, Gordon Sutherland, making a presentation to our wonderful Guest Artist, Ron Stanwell after his magnificent Concert for us. Photo courtesy of our acting-Secretary, Peter Littlejohn.