Organ society appeals for new members after booking top German musician
WHATEVER your taste in music, a night out with the Grimsby and District Electronic Organ Society (GDEOS) is sure to be music to your ears.
The club – which started off from humble beginnings, with meetings of Hammond Organ fans in Grimsby music shops back in 1963 – quickly grew in popularity and soon took over village halls and other larger venues.
At its peak, the society boasted 135 members and, while today numbers have fallen to around 50, the club is still going strong.
Now, the GDEOS meets at the Ice House on Victor Street, bringing talented players from across the globe to show off their skills to members and organ music fans from across the county.
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Chairman Mike Hill said: "People have a misconception of what the society is about – many think it's church organ music, whereas the electric organ is more like you would associate with Blackpool Tower."
However, you would be wrong if you thought every meeting was the same.
The music played at the club ranges from the sounds of the Sid Lawrence orchestra and Big Band, to songs from the shows, including Les Miserables and Mama Mia – and everything in between.
Encouraging more people to come along and try it for themselves, club secretary Mike Lowther added: "We have now moved to the Ice House and it is the best facility we have ever been in.
"Every person that comes is different to the one before. We never have two events alike.
"The problem nowadays is younger people are not as interested in this sort of style – and a lot of people don't know we exist."
However, in May the club will be welcoming a musician who is sure to draw in the crowds from across the globe.
German organist Claudia Hirschfeld, who is described as Europe's Prima Ballerina of the Wersi Organ – will be playing at a special ticket-only event. Mr Hill added: "She's the equivalent of another German organist, Klaus Wunderleich – a lot of people who were around in the Sixties would remember his name."
The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7.30pm in the Ice House, Victor Street, Grimsby. Admission is £8 on the door, or at a reduced rate for members.
Membership is £36 per year. A half-year membership is also available.
Tickets for the Claudia Hirschfeld concert are £8 in advance or £10 on the door, if available. To book, call 01472 316936 or 278188.
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