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 March/April 2017 Hello everyone We are now well into our season of Dances and Concerts but still have some good weekends to look forward to. If you were able to attend our last weekend no doubt you will have noticed that we had a new table set up called the ‘Publicity Table’, which featured a lovely enlarged picture of the Christie on its easel, This was the inspiration of our Publicity Officer Dave Fleetwood, and attracted quite a bit of interest, and knowing that we had a few Badges and Car Window stickers etc. below stage we thought ,’Yes, get them out and see what happens’. There was a good response, which we thank you for, and from this we are now looking to source some more regalia such as Badges , Key Rings, Pens etc. it also gives us the ideal place to put the spare ‘Golden Notes’ at a price of 20p. For all those who had a look at the table, Thank you for your interest. Another Thank you that I must mention is to John Cole of Mansfield. If you had booked to come to the Dance with Cameron Lloyd, no doubt you would be disappointed to find that he had broken down somewhere near Burton on Trent, and was in the hands of the RAC Recovery Team, Obviously the only decision to take was to take Cameron’s car back home for him. Our Concert Secretary Scott got the call from Cameron at around 5-15 that evening, which of course left us with approximately 2 hours to fill the gap, and despite phoning 4 of our local favourite organists we got no answer from any of them. Having had John visit us once a month on a Thursday for quite a time now, and knowing that he had played for dancing down at Burton Town Hall we decided to ring him and ask if he could ‘Dig us out of a hole’, which he was pleased to do and the night turned out to be a success rather
2 than a disaster, so a Very Big Thank you to John for his contribution that night. John was also the gentleman who introduced us to our April organist Richard Morgan. Richard has an amazing talent and I’m sure you will all enjoy his music. So I think that’s about all I have to tell you at the moment, so I will say cheerio for now and hope to see you at either the Dances or the Concerts that are coming up Stay ORGANISED Mick Mason Membership Renewals We are now approx. 3 months into this year’s Membership Renewals, and I would like to thank everyone who has renewed theirs. Numbers have remained fairly constant, with some dropping out and some new ones coming in, and should you not have joined yet there is no problem for you to either see our Mem. Sec. Ann, at a Dance or Concert, or send her your cheque and details to the address on the back of the Newsletter. Also please don’t forget that you could also be helping the society save money by receiving yours electronically. Many thanks for your continued support The Annual Buffet Dance - 28th January 2017. Once again we had a good turnout for the Dance, with our Vice President Philip Randles taking to the stage and providing us with a lovely and varied mixture of dances, as always, something to suit everyone. This was complimented by the excellent Buffet, once again put together by our good friend Stephanie Clark. Stephanie has been catering for us now for a number of years and has always put on an excellent buffet, so long may it continue. The Tombola was put together by Olive with approx. 35 prizes on offer, so again, many thanks to Olive and to the members who contributed prizes for that event. Approximately 70 people attended that evening, and I’m sure that they all went home happy, contented, and not one bit hungry. So Many Thanks to
3 both Stephanie, Olive, and Philip for another lovely evening here at Harworth. The David Redfern Concert - 29th January 2017. As always it was a pleasure to welcome David back to play for us, and today was no exception as he played some lovely music during the afternoon. To begin we had ‘Leicester Square’, followed by a selection from the musical 42nd Street. Next we had what might be titled a Weather Selection. ‘Summertime, Raindrops keep falling on my head, Misty, Over the Rainbow, A Foggy Day in London Town, April Showers, and Singing in the Rain’. Next was a David Bowie number which of course gave us memories of him, ‘Life on Mars’ being the music chosen. Another unusual but very enjoyable selection was next entitled a ‘Railway Selection’. The tunes were :Coronation Scot, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and Honky Tonk Blues’. Next was the very lovely ‘Elizabethan Serenade’. The interval was fast approaching and David took us there with a selection of tunes that we must associate with the USA. ‘Stars fell on Alabama, Georgia, Cherokee, and Home in Pasadena’ A lovely first half of music and much more to follow. INTERVAL To begin the half we had ‘Bideford Quay’, followed by ‘ All the Things you are and Long Ago and far Away’. Then it was time for a lengthy selection of Music form the Musicals.. ‘Bali Hai, Cock Eyed Optimist, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, I’m gonna wash that man right out of my head, Some Enchanted Evening, There is nothing like a Dame, Younger than Springtime, Honey Bun, and This nearly was Mine’. What a great selection that was. Time now for the ‘March from a Little Suite’, not one I am familiar with but enjoyable nevertheless. Next was ‘Flash, bang, Wallop, what a Picture’, who could forget Tommy Steele doing that one in the film. Then we had ‘Longer’ by Dan Fogelberg.
4 Getting towards the end of the afternoon now but not before we had a film music selection, which included ‘633 Squadron, Cavatina, \exodus Song, You Only Live Twice, I Wanna be like You, For all we Know (The Carpenters), The Trolley Song, Can’t Smile without You, and At the Copacabana’ Many thanks to Sally for coping with the report herself in the absence of Alan, as she says at the end, Brilliant, and yes it was. Many thanks to our President David, and it goes without saying, you will be back very soon. Reported by Sally Taylor Compiled by Mick Mason. The Cameron Lloyd Dance - 25th February. As already mentioned in the Editorial, Cameron was unable to appear for the dance this evening, but I would like to say a very big Thank You to John Cole for stepping in at the last minute to rescue the evening, and also Thanks to the people who attended that evening for understanding the situation. Overall the evening turned out to be very enjoyable, and no doubt we shall ask John to return, but this time giving him more time to plan his contribution. The Peter Jebson Concert - 26 February 2017. As with all our visiting organists, it was lovely to welcome Peter back again. After starting with his signature tune, his next choice was ‘Blaze Away, Under the Double Eagle, and Nights of Gladness’. Selection time was next with music from ‘Oliver’. ‘Food Glorious Food, Who Will Buy, Where is Love,, Be back soon, I’ll do anything for Love, Pick a Pocket or Two, Oomph Pa Pa, As Long as He needs Me, and Consider Yourself’. Brilliant selection. Something much more mellow now with the ‘Dream of Olwen’. The next selection, taking us to the interval, I am calling ‘Reminders of Blackpool’, just the sort of music you might hear in the Tower Ballroom. ‘Love is my Song, Eternally, Smile, Music Box Dancer, Eye Level, Just the way You look Tonight, Slow Boat to China, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, I’ve got a Pocket Full of Dreams, Keep Your Sunny Side Up.
5 INTERVAL To begin the second half we had ‘Lord High Executioner, A Pair of Sparkling Eyes, and Poor Wandering One’. Taking into account the fact it was February and we are thinking of better weather soon, Peter’s next selection was ‘Springtime’. ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring again, April Showers, April Love, Tulips from Amsterdam, Tiptoe through the Tulips, and Bluebell Polka’. Next Peter really came into his own with some Hymn tunes, and this selection could not have suited our Christie better, as it was created all those years ago by Hill, Norman and Beard, Church Organ builders. ‘Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, The Lord’s my Shepherd, Sing Hosanna, Abide with Me, What a Friend I have in Jesus, How Great Thou Art, The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended, and Jerusalem’. What a fabulous sound that was, and to hear the organ played in that way, also to hear you all singing along with Peter’s choice. Coming to the end now but not before we had ‘Highland Cathedral’ and the ‘Second Waltz’. Time to wrap it up now. So obviously it was back to Blackpool for ‘ When you’re Smiling, Wish me Luck as you Wave me Goodbye, We’ll Meet Again, Goodbye, and what else but ‘I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’. Alan was back reporting today, and both he and Sally finish with ‘Another Great Show. I totally agree and in the title of one of Peter’s last songs, We most certainly will ‘Meet Again’, and not before too long we hope. Many thanks Peter for a fabulous afternoon of varied and enjoyable music, and just watching you from the sidelines, I believe you enjoyed it as much as we did. Reported by Sally Taylor and Alan Clayton Compiled by Mick Mason.
Here’s one for all you Dancers out there The Tea Dance It’s Monday tea dance and they’ll all be here today Aches and pains forgotten, dance the afternoon away Foxtrots, Quicksteps, Waltzes, some are slow but some are nifty With memories of how it was way back in the 1950 Norman’s in the toilet and he’s struggling to pee He’s got trouble with his prostate, and he’ll likely miss his tea Eddie’s got a new love that he met in Ashley Heath She does a lovely Tango, but she hasn’t any teeth His latest fancy footwork nearly broke his partners neck She mistook his outside swivel for a travelling contra check Ida’s had her hair done and she’s ready for a Saunter She had a Vindaloo last night and it’s coming back to haunt her Florrie’s miniskirt’s revealing when she’s spinning in a jive She really shouldn’t wear a thong when she’s nearly 85 They’ve had their tea and cake and chat, and had a little laugh A gamely rise with creaking knees, to face the second half Norman’s made it back for Rumba number one His Cucaracha’s very neat, but he’s left his flies undone Vera’s fallen over in a massive Crimplene heap Bert’s got indigestion and Mabel’s fell asleep It’s last Waltz time and up they get for Humperdink’s old tune And then ‘Goodbye, Good Luck, Take Care, God willing see you soon’. If you were on the Blackpool holiday at the beginning of March, and visited the Tower ballroom, you will obviously associate some of the above with that day Mick
7 DIARY DATES 2017
Saturday, 25th March Come Dancing with ROBERT DAVIES 7-30 to 11pm Tickets £5 Sunday, 26th March HOWARD BEAUMONT In Concert 2-30pm Saturday, 22nd April Come Dancing with CHARLES BROWN 7-30 to 11pm Tickets £5 Sunday, 23rd April The Debut Appearance of RICHARD MORGAN In Concert 2-30pm Your support will be much appreciated at any of the above events.
Please explore your society by looking at the Website. You can find us at www.harworthchristie.org.uk Any constructive comments for inclusion on the website are always welcome.
WHY NOT TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US, AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME ALONG AND ENJOY OUR DANCES AND CONCERTS.
The Bircotes and Harworth Community Hall Whitehouse Road Bircotes Doncaster DN11 8EF FREE secure parking to the rear of the Hall.
9 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
Chairman Mr.P Randles 33, Zetland Road Doncaster 01302-367513 Treasurer Mrs. J. Herrington 62B, Sunderland Street Tickhill Doncaster 01302-742562 Concert Secretaries Mr. S. Harrison Harewood Court Harworth 01302-759469 Mob. 07521 209973 Organ Tuning and Maintenance Mr. C. Hinds 01522-526289
Vice Presidents Andrew Nix Philip Randles John Barnett Gen. Secretary Mr. M Mason 5, Briar Court Harworth Doncaster 01302-744584 Mem. Secretary Mrs. A Watson 152, Nutwell Lane Armthorpe Doncaster 01302-834068 Committee Members Mr. A Clayton Mrs. S. Taylor