The Society was formed in April 2002 on the initiative of local resident, Terry Trevett (the current Secretary), and is the only such club in the Andover area or indeed within the Test Valley Borough. A small committee was formed and the Society’s inaugural concert, featuring International Concert Organist, Nicholas Martin, was held on 18 July 2002.
The event attracted a capacity audience at The Fairground Hall, Weyhill, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley, Tony and Rita Gentle. Thanks to the hard work of the committee and a few willing volunteers, combined with the support and co-operation of several local organisations, it was soon apparent that the enterprise had been well worthwhile.
To hear the Society signature tune click on the link below. (For more information about the tune see the Historical Connections page).
TOP CLASS ENTERTAINMENT
The electronic organs and keyboards of today are capable of a great variety of sounds and styles – from military bands to orchestras, from violin to harmonica; in fact, the sounds of almost any instrument imaginable can be reproduced by these amazing pieces of electronic wizardry.
The Society’s concerts are aimed particularly at people who prefer their music to be melodious, easy listening and tuneful, and are guaranteed to provide enjoyable entertainment in a relaxed and friendly environment. A different top class performer is engaged for each monthly concert and the programmes are always balanced to suit most musical tastes. Newsletters are published at regular intervals, providing information about the Society’s activities and progress.
The Club differs from most other organ societies in as much as it does not have a membership scheme or any restrictions on admissions (other than venue seating capacities). Furthermore, very few of its supporters admit to being able to play an instrument – they simply attend the concerts because they enjoy good music and entertainment.
Although the Society is relatively new, it has quickly established an excellent reputation, amongst guest performers and audiences alike. Here are just a few examples of compliments received from visiting artistes:
“Thanks for the tremendous hospitality and pleasing atmosphere” ….. “What a super audience – thank you for a lovely warm welcome!” ….. “The evening has been so special … a caring team, wonderful hospitality” ….. “Your enthusiasm and love of music is reflected in your friendship” ….. “A most enjoyable way to spend an evening” ….. “A great club – one of the best I’ve played so far” ……. “A truly splendid occasion in every respect”.
Tel: 01264 323213