JOURNAL OF THE
HARWORTH CHRISTIE ORGAN ENTHUSIASTS
Harworth ’Christie ’Organ Enthusiasts Established July 1971
Celebrating 39 Years of ORGAN MUSIC IN HARWORTH
March/April 2011. Hi everyone Its time once again to polish the old glasses, and sit down in front of the computer to write another news sheet for you. First of all I hope that you all understood why the last newsletter was not as informative as usual, this was due of course to the cancellations caused by the weather over Christmas and the New Year, Its nice to say that now in mid March, there does seem to be signs of better weather conditions arriving, as the plants, and of course the lawns, has started to show signs of growing again. As I always say, I canâ€™t wait until the sun shines both sides of the hedges. As regards the Christie, as many of you know, its condition as far as tuning is concerned, can be greatly affected by the temperature outside, but I am pleased to inform you that even with the cold outside, we have been able to maintain it to a reasonable standard, with only a couple of visits from our organ builder Chris, the main one being the weekend of the Annual Buffet Dance featuring Philip Randles. We had a committee meeting on the Thursday morning while Philip had a practice, and when we came out of the meeting we found quite a few niggling problems, to the point we had to ring Chris and get him over the next day. Mentioning the Buffet Dance reminds me to say Thank You to everyone for being so understanding when it was cancelled in
December, and also for supporting us at the rearranged date. Luckily, I am in possession of most peopleâ€™s phone numbers, so the cancellation didnâ€™t cause too many problems at this end. With regards future Annual Buffet Dances, it became very apparent that many people commit to so many events during December, so maybe hang back before they book with us, so the decision has been taken to keep the Dance in January from now on, hopefully avoiding the bustle that is December, we believe it will suit most people better. As it happens we shall be returning to our original way of doing things, as the Annual Dinner, as it was then, was always held in January. I will close now by saying that I hope to see you either at the Bill and Hilary Dance, or the Peter Jebson concert. Happy listening Mick Mason
Membership Renewals Our Membership Secretary, Ann, has asked me to pass on her thanks to everyone who has renewed their membership so promptly. There has been a very good response from members, with very few not renewing, and even now it is not too late to renew at this next concert and dance. We would also like to offer our heartfelt thanks to those members who not only renewed, but also made very generous donations to the society through their membership, their generosity is very much appreciated.
The Annual Buffet Dance Philip Randles. January 22nd. As already explained in the editorial, the January dance became the Annual Buffet dance, due to the weather conditions in December, and personally I thought what a great idea had been forced upon us, as the night was a tremendous success. This was Philipâ€™s first visit to us since his appointment as Vice President, so it was a pleasure to welcome him once again. As usual he played for dancing up to his usual excellent standard, and I am sure everyone enjoyed the evening. The Buffet was once again prepared and served by our good friend Stephanie Clark, again excellent in every way, with so much choice you were at odds at what to choose. Many Thanks to both Philip and Stephanie. If it was possible to improve it in any way, it would be to ask the people attending to take a little less time in the lounge when collecting their buffet. We obviously work with what we have, and I feel that by drawing table numbers out and sending that table into the lounge is by far the fairest way of doing it, but it does mean that it takes time when you have maybe 20 tables to serve, so we can well do without people just chatting etc. in there. I keep an eye on how many people are in there and send the next table in as soon as possible. I canâ€™t think of a fairer way, if you can, I would be pleased to listen to your suggestions. So in the end, another excellent occasion, and we look forward to more of the same next time.
The Alistair Kiernan Concert January 23rd. Alistair needs very little introduction from me for he has been coming to Harworth for a number of years now to entertain us, and every time, entertain he certainly does. Today was another great concert by him, very little chat but lots of lovely music. He started with his signature tune ‘That’s Entertainment’ before continuing with ‘Make em Laugh, There’s no Business like Show Business, Stepping out with my Baby, Let yourself go, Putting on the Ritz, Charleston, Nice work if you can get it, Riding on a Rainbow, (Charles Horrex’s siggy tune), and Zing went the strings of my Heart’. Wow, need a breather after that, so next was a beautiful version of ‘No Matter What’. More foot tapping now with ‘I Love you and don’t you forget it, why do I love you, and Isn’t it a shame’. A mixture now of slow and fast numbers with ‘Love Story, Night Fever, Tico Tico, So Deep is the Night, Mr Sandman, and So tired’. I’m not surprised Alistair was tried after that lot. Not finished yet though, and to take us to the interval we had the ‘Knightsbridge March, Calling all Workers, Music Music Music, Sing, and the 12th Street Rag’. What a first half, and what could we expect in the second half after that. INTERVAL To begin the second half, Alistair gave us a tribute to the Royal Air Force with ‘633 Squadron, RAF Fly Past March, and the Dambusters March’. Following on we had ‘Gabriel’s Oboe, Dizzy Fingers, Our Love Affair, Kiss me Honey, and Something Stupid’. All classics and all very well received.
Much more music to follow starting with ‘I Wish you Well, Besame’ Mucho’, and the magnificent ‘Warsaw Concerto’. Next up was ‘Take the Sun, and I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’.(But not in January). Time to air the audience’s vocal chords now with a sing-a-long. ‘Sing as we go, Hey, look me over, Out of the Blue, Don’t Dilly Dally on the Way, Who were you with last night, All the nice Girls love a Sailor, Who’s your Lady friend, I’m forever blowing bubbles, Two lovely Black eyes, I belong to Glasgow, White Cliffs of Dover, Lilly Marlene, Rose of England, Cock of the North, Charlie is my Darling, Banks of Loch Lomond, The Keel Row, Amazing Grace, Mull of Kintyre, and to finish, There’ll always be an England’. What a magnificent offering of every type of music was on display this afternoon, all played with great expertise by a lovely young man, both to talk to and listen to. It may sound greedy, but after such a great concert, we couldn’t let Alistair go without asking for an encore, and he duly obliged with ‘The Stripper’. My one disappointment was that not one Lady in the Hall offered. Great concert, Great afternoon’s entertainment, and it goes without saying that we look forward to Alistair’s return in the not too distant future, in fact I know that Alan has already spoken with him about this. Many Thanks Alistair, it was great. Compiled by Alan Clayton and Sally Taylor Reported by Mick Mason.
The Joanne Naulls Dance Saturday,February 26th As with Alistair and Philip in January, Joanne has been coming to play for us at Harworth for more years than many of us care to remember, but after all that time, it was still a pleasure to welcome her back for yet another dance evening, and what a good evening it was. In the lead up to the date I seemed to not be getting many people booking tickets, then suddenly the phone became red hot and we finished up with virtually a full house, so many thanks for your support once again. During the evening Joanne played not only the Christie to great effect, but also her own electronic organ, of which the name escapes me, and gave the gathered people dances and tempos to suit every taste. Once again Joanne, Many thanks for a great night, and as with all our other regular organists, we look forward to your return. Mick Mason
The Tim Flint Concert Sunday, February 27th It is quite some years since Tim graced our stage here at Harworth, and in fact our former Chairman Stuart Warrior was still alive then, and while I don’t want to give out too many secrets, there is a little story about that day that some of you may remember. In the run up to the concert, every time Tim’s name was mentioned, us rascals on the committee would refer to him as ‘Skin Flint’, and not thinking too much about it, it obviously stuck in Stuart’s mind and he came on stage and actually introduced him as ‘Skin Flint’. Suffice to say, with this mind, I was very careful that I didn’t make the same mistake.
I have to say that this report will be shorter than usual as Sally wasn’t there to help Alan out with titles. Tim started on the Christie with ‘That’s Entertainment’ and’ There’s no Business like Show Business’. Taking into account that Tim is actually better known as an electronic artiste, it wasn’t surprising that his time was divided between Christie and Roland Atelier. The tunes were:- ‘When the Deep Purple Falls, The very thought of you, Moonlight Serenade, The Moon was Yellow, Moon River, Blue Moon, the Queen of Sheba, Organ Hoe Down, the Intermettso from Cavaleiria Rusticana, Out of Africa, and Cheek to Cheek. INTERVAL Tim gave us more good music n the second half, starting with ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, the Trolley Song, The Song that I Sing, the Dambusters March, music from Mack and Mabel, the Comedians Gallop, Lazy Days of Summer, the Green Leaves of Summer, and the Muscat Ramble’. As I said at the beginning, there were other tunes included which Alan didn’t know the titles of. Tim was very well presented in his glittery jackets and trousers, and during both halves of the show, he invited his young Daughter Amy up on stage to dance for us, apparently she is a dancing fanatic. All in all, a very good afternoon, for which I would like to thank Tim for, and not forgetting Amy. Just to finish the show, Tim moved back to the Christie for ‘Tiger Rag’, before descending below stage. Compiled by Alan Clayton Reported by Mick Mason.
Diary Dates Could we ask you to place an extra date in your Diary, it is the 9th April for a Dance with David Lobban. David has very kindly offered to play a Charity Dance for us, in response to the problems we faced when next door closed, so our Sincere thanks go to David for this very generous gesture. David Lobban Plays for Dancing Saturday, 9th April 8pm to 11-30pm Usual prices apply. Saturday, March 26th Bill King and Hilary Play for Dancing 8pm to 11-30pm Sunday, March 27th Peter Jebson In Concert 2-30pm Saturday, April 16th John Barnett Plays for Dancing 8pm to 11-30pm Sunday, April 17th David Last In Concert Happy Listening, see you at these events. Mick Mason.
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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 David Redfern
Vice Presidents Andrew Nix Philip Randles
Chairman Mr. H. Cheadle 6, Lindrick Close Worksop S81 0JT 01909-481147
Gen. Secretary Mr. M. Mason 5, Briar Court Harworth DN11 8NL 01302-744584
Treasurer Mrs. J. Herrington 62B, Sunderland Street Tickhill Nr Doncaster 01302-742562
Mem. Secretary Mrs. A Watson 152, Nutwell Lane Armthorpe Nr. Doncaster 01302-834068
Concert Secretary Mr. A Clayton 99, Locksley Drive Thurcroft Nr. Rotherham 01709-549492 Organ Tuning and Maintenance Mr. C Hinds 01522-526289
Committee Members Mr. F Wileman Mr. K Williams Mrs. S. Taylor Mr. S. Harrison