Harworth 'Christie' Theatre Organ Enthusiasts Opening Concert 30th September 1973 OF
The opening day concert setting 30th September 1973 Celebrating 42 Years of THEATRE ORGAN MUSIC in HARWORTH 1973 onwards
Journal of the Harworth 'Christie' Organ Enthusiasts May/June 2016 Hello everyone As the above dates state, we are now coming to the end of yet another season of Dances and Concerts here at Harworth, a season that has once again been most enjoyable, with some new faces and some familiar faces appearing either for a dance or a concert, and it's lovely to know that the season will end with not one disappointing weekend to record. While I state no disappointments, we were at a low ebb when the lift chain broke and we couldn't get the Christie out from below stage for the March weekend with Bill King and Hilary and Nicholas Martin. This disappointment was overcome by the performance of both artists, especially Nicholas Martin who brought along his Technics GA 3 for the concert, and as I stated at the interval, we were hearing sounds and effects from the Technics that would have been impossible to get out of the Christie, so much for modern technology. I am pleased to let you know that we very quickly sourced a supplier for the new lift chains through Alan Clayton's son, who not only got the chain but also came along to help fit it to all four corners of the lift, so hopefully now we shall not have any more problems in that quarter. I don't think we can take umbrage that the chain broke when we consider it goes back to the 1930s, just like the organ itself. I would like to record our thanks to Paul Clayton and his team for his great help in rectifying the problem with the lift. I understand that Scott, the Concert Secretary, has now completed the programme for the next season, so hopefully by the time you read this newsletter, you will also receive a new Diary Card , again containing a
2 varied selection of organists for your enjoyment. As always, as well as the one you receive, there will be others available on Dance and Concert days, so please pick a few up and distribute them amongst your friends, and hopefully by doing this you can help to keep and improve the attendances, it always amazes me to find that people say from time to time, 'We didn't know you had an organ there', even the locals from the village. Where have they been for the last 42 years? Since the last newsletter more people have come along to either renew their membership, or join for the first time, so we are now back to about the same number of members as last year, so many, many thanks to you all for your continued support. No matter what you will all find yourself doing, I hope you all have a lovely summer, and I look forward to seeing you all again come September, for the start of the 43rd. year of Theatre Organ music here in Harworth. Enjoy yourselves and STAY ORGANISED. Mick Mason The Bill King and Hilary dance - Saturday, 26th March 2018 As already mentioned in the editorial, it was disappointing that Bill could not play part of the evening on the Christie, but as usual he brought along his electronic keyboard and all the attachments that go with it, and gave us a very pleasant evenings dancing, together with Hilary doing her bit with the vocals. Bill and Hilary have been coming along to entertain us many years now to entertain us on a Saturday evening and it's always a pleasure to see them at Harworth, so Many thanks to both of them for yet another fine evening's entertainment. The Nicholas Martin Concert - Sunday, 27th March 2016 No doubt it would have come as a big surprise for people to turn up on the Sunday, some travelling a fair distance, to find that the Christie was not in use for Nicky's concert, but it was nice to see that everyone understood that it was just one of those unfortunate things that can happen, and at the end of the afternoon I am sure they did not go home disappointed after such a great concert.
3 Nicky began his concert with his signature tune ' Hey look me over' before going into the 'March of the Gladiators'. Next we had the 'Blue bell Polka'. Then we had a lengthy but very enjoyable selection which included 'Lullaby of Broadway, Strangers on the Shore, The Very thought of You, Apple Blossom Time, One night of Love, You are my lucky Star, Blackpool by the Sea, It's later than you think, and Acapulco Bay'. I'm sure everyone knows of Nicky's involvement with the Autism Charity which he started a few ago now, so it was lovely to know that last year he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his commitment to this cause and to hear of his visit to Buckingham Palace, along with his wife Marianne to receive the accolade. Time now to remember that it was in fact Easter Sunday, so Nicky gave us the 'Easter Hymn' and 'Intermezzo from Cavaliere Rusticana'. Then on to a selection that would take us to the interval, starting with the 'Post Horn Gallop, then Easter Bonnet, I Dreamed a Dream (Susan Boyle) the Second Waltz (Andre Rieu) , the theme tune to 'Conquest of Paradise' by Vangelis, Fascination Waltz (for many years the changeover waltz at the Blackpool Tower) Girl from Calico, The Lady is a Tramp, I'm in the mood for Love, Put another Nickel in, Mack the Knife, and the 12th Street Rag'. Wow, what a first half that was. INTERVAL After a welcome cuppa it was time for more music from Nicky, and he began the second half with the Blue Danube Waltz (another Andre Rieu one), and the 'Radetsky March'. Next we had what you might call a 'religious selection which included 'Make me a Channel of your Peace, Highland Cathedral, and the hymn How Great Thou Art'. Something completely opposite now with 'Samba, Don't bring me Roses, Tico Tico, and Angel in Blue'. 'All I ask of you' from Phantom of the Opera was next, before Nicky went into another lengthy selection which would take us to the end of the show 'Hello Dolly, Shall we Dance, Let's play the Music and Dance, Let the Rest of the World go by, Now is the Hour, That's my Prayer for the end of the Day', Goodbye, and what else to finish with but 'I do like to be beside the Seaside'.
4 Very difficult to come on stage and sum up a concert like that one, words like Great, Fabulous, Incredible, come to mind, but I think Alan sums it up by saying 'One of the Best Shows Ever'. I must agree with him, even though there was disappointment that the Christie was out of commission, I am sure that anyone with an initial disappointment about the Christie's nonappearance, went home completely blown away by what had been on show that afternoon. Just as a bonus Nicky played Ernest Broadbent's signature tune 'For You', and closed with the Russ Conway favourite 'Side Saddle'. Lovely afternoon, lovely weekend with the Saturday dance included, so a very big THANK YOU to Nicky for a great concert, and of course we look forward to your next visit. Reported by Alan and Neil Clayton Compiled by Mick Mason. The Martin Atterbury Dance - Saturday, April 23rd 2016 Martin came along this evening. together with his Roland organ, and gave us a very pleasant evening of dancing. Dancing over the past few years seems to have moved towards mainly sequence, so it was nice to see that Martin fitted in quite a few Ballroom dance's also, after all, not everyone is a sequence fan. As usual I also fitted in a couple of 'LineDance's' during the interval, again, they always go down well and people appreciate that they are catered for. Overall it was a lovely evening out with approx. 60 people attending, so many thanks, not only to Martin, but also everyone for supporting the evening. The Martin Atterbury Concert - Sunday, 24th April 2016 After the lovely dance on the Saturday, it is difficult to understand just what went wrong for the concert. Martin's Roland had a few wobbles and our Radio Microphones seemed to be pleasing themselves whether they worked or not, making it an afternoon which just didn't flow as it should have done. Martin began the concert with his signature tune, 'It's a wonderful day today', before going into 'Old Comrades'. Next on the agenda was a selection from the musical South Pacific, this included 'There's nothing like a Dame, This nearly was mine, I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair, Some enchanted evening, the Cockeyed Optimist, I'm in love with a wonderful guy, and Bali Hai'.
5 Martin then went over to the Roland for 'Once upon a time in the West', a lovely piece but unfortunately the volume was turned down too much to enjoy it. This was followed by 'El Cumbanchero, The Laughing Samba, and Enjoy Yourself'. Back to the Christie now with ' The Shy Serenade, Anything Goes, True Love, Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love, and It was Just One of Those Things'. More from the Roland with 'My Foolish Heart'. Over to the Christie to take us to the interval with ' Auntie Maggie's Remedy, Chinese Laundry Blues, and Leaning on a Lamppost'. INTERVAL To begin the second half we had the March 'When the Guards are on Parade, and from the Roland 'You Raise Me Up'. Next on the Christie was a selection from the musical Oklahoma, the songs were ' Surrey with the Fringe on Top, People will say we're in Love, Oh what a Beautiful Morning, I'm just a Girl who can't say No, Many a new Day, Out of my Dreams, and the title tune Oklahoma'. On the Roland we had the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit 'Love Never Dies', and then back on the Christie we had another selection of popular music which included ' Let's face the Music and Dance, Change Partners and Dance, Doing what comes Naturally, The Girl that I Marry, I Joined the Navy to see the Sea, and Dancing Cheek to Cheek. One more on the Roland with 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', before returning to the Christie for the last selection.:- 'California Here I Come, Sonny Boy, Carolina In the Morning, Mammy, April Showers' , and to finish a couple of patriotic songs ' There'll Always be an England, and Land of Hope and Glory'. Altogether an afternoon packed with good music, it was just a pity about the Hiccups. Reported By Sally Taylor and Alan Clayton Compiled by Mick Mason.
6 During the interval that afternoon I decided to add a tribute to the loss of the Harworth Colliery. Only the week before, as many of you will have seen on the local news, the iconic No.1 tower at the colliery was brought down, bringing to an end the mining history here in Harworth, an industry that has lasted for 93 years, and bringing to an end any trace of industries that provided employment and a living wage in Harworth, which included the Glass Bulbs factory and the Airborne Shoe factory. Personally I spent 23 years of employment at the Colliery, first as a Joiner for 11 years, and later as a Shaftman for the other 12 years, so to see it come to an end was very emotional for many people in Harworth, myself included, which is why I played the song 'The Working Man', a tune that I believe is very fitting as a tribute to the many thousands of men and woman who worked in the above industries, some of which never returned home from the depths of the mine. Memories that will stay forever. Mick Mason It's obvious that I have a page to spare, so here goes with a little 'Ditty' that came down on my computer the other day It's entitled 'DAFTLAND'. We live in a country called 'Daftland' the England we knew is no more Where sensible people do ludicrous things or risk breaking some Daftland law. In Daftland we've police dogs with muzzles less the villain has cause to complain and to steal from a shop and say 'sorry' means you're free with no stain on your name You had better leave lights on in buildings when you lock up and go home for the night cos the burglar's might hurt themselves entering and there's no way you'll be in the right. When speaking be wary in Daftland as some terms that you've used all your life now have connotations unintended and you'll end up in all sorts of strife. We elect politicians in Daftland
7 to give us the laws of the land yet eight laws in ten now come from abroad the whole thing has got out of hand The borders are open in Daftland and of migrants there's no keeping track just a few of the thousands illegally here will never be caught and sent back The exception to this is the hero who fought for this land in the war he's old, he's sick, he might cost us a bit so he's not welcome here anymore. When the history is written of Daftland historians may just recall that the craziest people in Daftland were the public who put up with it all
8 DIARY DATES Saturday, 21st May at 7-30pm COME DANCING with CHARLES BROWN Tickets ÂŁ5 Sunday, 22nd May at 2-30pm DAVID LAST in CONCERT Sunday, 26th June at 2-30pm KEITH BECKINGHAM in CONCERT This of course brings to an end the current season, thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you for the first weekend of the new season in September, which begins with BILL KING and HILARY playing for Dancing on the 24th, and on the Sunday is the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, BEGINNING AT 2PM. followed by STEPHEN AUSTIN in CONCERT at approx. 2-45pm Enjoy your Summer break and stay ORGANISED See you soon.
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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 John Barnett
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The May 2016 edition of Golden Notes, the bimonthly magazine of Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts