Harworth 'Christie' Theatre Organ Enthusiasts Opening Concert 30th September 1973 Celebrate
The opening day concert setting 30th September 1973 Celebrating 3 Years of THEATRE ORGAN MUSIC in HARWORTH 1973 onwards
Journal of the Harworth 'Christie' Organ Enthusiasts January/February 2017 Hello everyone First of all it is my great pleasure, on behalf of the society, to wish each and every one of you a Very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Trouble Free New Year in 2017. I never used to believe this when I heard it, but it is a fact that as we get older time does indeed go faster, it doesn’t seem two minutes ago that we were looking forward to warm summer days and holidays etc, and here we are in a brand new year. Hopefully 2017 will be as good for the Organ Society as 2016 was, during which we had some great weekends, be it Dances or Concerts. No doubt many of you will remember the Nicky Martin concert, when we couldn’t get the organ from below stage due to a broken chain on the lift. Luckily Nicky had his electronic already in his vehicle so it didn’t cause a problem for him to bring it along, and what a concert it proved to be, even without our beloved Christie. At this point I would like to say a very big thank you to Alan Clayton’s son Paul, who came along, sourced the new chains, and along with the team from his company, came along and put the lift back into good working order, in fact better than it has been for years, Now there is much less free play as it comes out of the stage. Thanks lads, you did a great job. Probably the stand out thing for me was a piece played by Kevin Grunill during his concert, and that was ‘Bring him Home’ from ‘Les Miserables’, The registrations that Kevin chose to use were just incredible and they still haunt me in a nice way, As I said at the time, the only thing missing was Alfie Boe walking on to stage.
By and large I don’t think there was much in the way of Dances or Concerts that anyone could have a moan about during last season, we had some great weekends, and I would like to thank our guest organists for their contribution, and you all for your support, and hope that you will continue during 2017-18. I would also like to say a very BIG thank you to everyone of what we might call the ‘back room’ staff who gave their time freely to make sure that those weekends went without a hitch, the society would be in a right mess without you all. At the moment our Chairman Peter and myself are putting together our thoughts about organists for the 2017-2018 season, so no doubt we shall come up with another great season of Dances and Concerts for you all to enjoy, all we ask for is your continued support, Many thanks in anticipation. Mick Mason Membership Renewals As in the last magazine may I remind you that Memberships are due for renewal in January. You will be pleased to know that, as agreed at the AGM in September, prices will remain the same, at least until the next AGM. If you cannot attend a concert or dance to renew, you can send a cheque to the Membership Secretary Ann Watson, made out to ‘Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts’. Also, if you are ‘Computer Literate’ and would like to receive your ‘Golden Notes; electronically, please give your email address to Ann, and she will do the rest. In this way you will be helping the society financially in saving postage costs Thank you
The Joanne Naulls Dance - 26th November 2016 It was very nice to welcome Joanne back to Harworth, especially in light of the fact that it was only around a month before that she had lost her mother. It was lovely to see how well she and her Dad Peter were coping. As usual, Joanne gave us a lovely evening of dancing to suit all tastes, and I’m sure everyone went home happy from their evening out. I would like to thank Joanne for her contribution and she will of course be back again in the not too distant future. The Matthew Bason Concert - 27th November 2016 As with Joanne the evening before, it was lovely to see Matthew back at Harworth, this time without the stress of his car breaking down on the way, as it did the last time he was here. He began his concert with a ‘Roaring Twenties’ selection which included ‘Whispering, and I Can’t give you Anything but Love’ etc. Next Alan has written ‘Pepaz Band March’, not sure what that was. ‘Comma Prima and Fools Rush In’ were the next tunes featured. I can only describe the next pieces as a ‘Blue Selection’. ‘Moonlight Serenade, Blue Heaven, Blue Mon, Blue Skies, and Blue Tango’. Moving over the Orla electronic now Matthew played a Stephan Grappeli selection, which included ‘Sweet Georgis Brown, I’ve Got Rhythm, and Black and White rag’. Brilliant, No doubt you will remember Stephan Grappeli as that great violinist, who made his name at the Scott night club in London. This selction brought us to the interval and a cup of tea or coffee and a couple of biscuits. INTERVAL To begin the second half we had ‘Tarantella and Shooting Stars. Then it was time for a selection from the show ‘Cabaret’ which included such songs as ‘Come to the Cabaret’ etc. We then had a lengthy mix of tunes which took us all the way through to the end of the afternoon. Tunes included were ‘ You’re Breaking my Herat cos You’re leaving, Matinata, Lullaby of Birdland, Satin Doll, It’s a Crazy Waltz, Take Five, Mr. Sandman, Hazy Lazy Crazy Days of Summer, Hello
Mary Lou, When I said I Needed You, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Sweet Gypsy Rose, When I fall in Love, You’re my World, and I Only want to be with You’. After receiving a big appreciative applause from the audience Matthew brought the show to a close with the ‘Toreador’s Song’ from Carmen. In the absence of Sally our new committee Neil helped Alan with the naming of the tunes and at the end they add :Once again, Very good show, which it was and I would like to thank Matthew for his music and we look forward to his return. Reported by Alan and Neil Clayton Compiled by Mick Mason. The Chris Powell Dance - 17th December 2016The visit of Chris Powell meant that this was the last dance in 2016, and what a dance it turned out to be. Chris decided not to bring his electronic so played the Christie all evening. To say it was a ‘jammed packed’ evening of dancing would be an understatement as he went from dance to dance with hardly thirty seconds between each one. All you dancers went home either tired out or elated at what had been on offer. Our thanks go to Chris for a lovely, unforgettable evening in the lead up to Christmas, and we do of course look forward to his return in the near future. The Annual Christmas Concert with Damon Willetts - 18th December 2016
For this year’s Christmas Concert we welcomed back Damon Willetts, making his second appearance on the Christie. He began his concert with his signature tune ‘Riding on a Rainbow; (which brought back many happy memories for me personally as this was the sig. tune of the late Charles Horrex, and many of you will remember the happy times we had with Charles and his wife Diana. It was ironic that we got to know these two around the time that Prince Charles and Diana were becoming an item) Carrying on we had ‘Winter Wonderland’ before a Cole Porter medley which included ‘Another Opening, Another Show, Anything Goes, Wunderbar, Coffee in Brazil, and From This Moment On’.
Moving into a Festive Selection now with ‘In Excelsis Deo, See Amid the winter Snow, Little Drummer Boy, Unto us a Child is Born, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and Once in Royal David’s City. Three more traditional tunes now with ‘Dream on Olwen, Vienna, city of my Dreams, and Vienna for ever’. Then another couple of very popular tunes, ‘ Highland Cathedral and Walking in the Air’. Back to being Christmassy now to take us to the interval, ‘Away in a Manger, I saw three Ships, Let is Snow, When Santa got stuck up the Chimney, Oh Christmas Tree, Santa Claus is coming to Town, and The Christmas Song’. Good first half and more to come 1ST INTERVAL Technically the afternoon would be split into three part instead of the usual two as it was time now to welcome back the local Miss Helen Ballet and Tap School of Dance. As usual the 19 children who came along gave us a very pleasant 20 minutes, and from the applause it was obvious that everyone enjoyed their contribution, At the end of their show who should turn up but that gentleman with the white beard, and gave all the children a little present. A plate was placed by the exit for anyone who wished to donate to Miss Helen’s Academy could do so, and I am pleased to say it raised just over £33, so many thanks for your generosity. At the T. Dance the Wednesday before £26-50 was donated from guessing the dolls name etc. So it was a great pleasure for me to give Miss Helen a total of just over £59. She was surprised and elated and says ‘Thank you all very much’. 2ND INTERVAL Time now to welcome Damon back on stage and to start we had ‘Theatreland, We’ll gather Lilacs, and Choo Choo Samba’. Then into more Christmas music with ‘ Joy to the World, Ding Dong merrily on High, Mary’s Boy Child, I Saw Mammy Kissing Santa Claus, In the Bleak Mid Winter, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’/ A foot tapping selection was next with a connection to the Blackpool Tower ballroom, ‘Above the Blue Horizon, A Pocket Full of Dreams, Round the
Marble Arch, For You (The late Ernest Broadbent Sig. Tune) and what else but, ‘I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’. Time now for the last selection Christmas music starting with ‘Jingle bells, The Holly and the Ivy, Good King Wenceslas, When a Child is Born, While Shepherds, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, and O Come all ye Faithful, ‘. What should have happened during this selection was that the snow should have fallen on stage, but having it ready for use was one thing that was forgotten in the busy lead up to the weekend, so I do apologise it you were disappointed not to see it. After saying our thankyous to Damon and Miss Helen School, it was time for the last piece of the afternoon which was, ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and Auld Lang Syne’. Sally and Alan add at the end, Another Great Show. Couldn’t agree more. Many thanks go to both Damon and Miss Helen and here at Harworth we hope it gave you all a great start to the festive season, and we do of course hope that that feeling continues into the New Year in 2017 A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS, WHEREVER YOU ARE.
Obituary I am sorry to have to announce that Joan Stocks, the wife of one of our founder members Ray, passed away peacefully on the morning of 11th December, aged 91. Joan and Ray grew up together in Tickhill and were playmates from the age of five, and eventually became man and wife. Throughout their life they were always close together and after becoming associated with the Organ Society, they loved nothing more that to get up at the Saturday night dances in the Hall and ‘Jitterbug’ the night away, believe me, it was a sight to behold, seeing them moving across that floor. Even after Ray passed away in the early nineties, it didn’t affect Joan’s allegiance to the Organ Society, and she still attended every concert that she could get to, and also, along with her daughter and her good friend Ann Warrior, would come along and enjoy the Annual Buffet dances, even though dancing was out of sight by then. Over so many years, Joan helped our society in any way she could, be it serving tea or maybe washing up. Jobs that you don’t see but are essential to our success over so many years. Her funeral took place at Tickhill Parish Church on the 3rd January and was attended by many people, local and not so local, such was her popularity. It is an understatement to say that Joan’s presence will be sorely missed at our events, and as I said to her Daughter, ‘She will now be reunited with Ray, and they will be enjoying ’Jitterbugging’ across that Great Blue Yonder. Rest in Peace Joan.
Diary Dates 2017 Saturday, 28th January THE ANNUAL BUFFET DANCE Featuring PHILIP RANDLES 7-30 to 11pm Tickets £12 st PLEASE order your tickets by 21 Jan in order for us to order your buffet. Sunday, 29th January President DAVID REDFERN In Concert 2-30pm Saturday, 25th February COME DANCING With CAMERON LLOYD 7-30 to 11pm Tickets £5 Sunday, 26th February PETER JEBSON In Concert 2-30pm Stay ORGANISED and we hope to see you at these events. Please note that the February concert date is incorrect on some Diary Cards, the above is the correct date.
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THE HARWORTH ORGAN ENTHUSIASTS was founded in December 1971 by Mr. S. Morris and a team of enthusiasts, to cater for people interested in the Preservation of the Mighty Theatre Organs of yesteryear, also incorporating the Modern Electronic Organs. THE AIMS OF THE SOCIETY ARE:To promote friendship through the common love of organ music, and to provide, on a regular basis, Organ Concerts and dances throughout the year, using both Theatre and Electronic Organs, and featuring the Star Organists from across the British Isles. LIST OF OFFICIALS President Vice Presidents David Redfern Andrew Nix Philip Randles John Barnett Chairman Gen. Secretary Mr.P Randles Mr. M Mason 33, Zetland Road 5, Briar Court Doncaster Harworth 01302-367513 Doncaster 01302-744584 Treasurer Mem. Secretary Mrs. J. Herrington Mrs. A Watson 62B, Sunderland Street 152, Nutwell Lane Tickhill Armthorpe Doncaster Doncaster 01302-742562 01302-834068 Concert Secretaries Committee Members Mr. S. Harrison Mr. A Clayton Harewood Court Mrs. S. Taylor Harworth 01302-759469 Mob. 07521 209973 Organ Tuning and Maintenance Mr. C. Hinds 01522-526289 Mobile 07980-337972