Club History

 

Chelmsford Organ and Keyboard Club celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2002. Founded in 1972 and originally known as the Chelmsford Organ Society, it has grown into one of the finest clubs of its kind within the UK. Several venue changes during the early years - pubs, clubs, hotels, village halls, a cricket pavilion etc, - kept the membership contained but always able to attract the finest players to entertain them - Harry Stoneham, George Blackmore, Ena Barga and Robin Richmond, to name but a few.

 

The club went through a disastrous period when the venue was available on an 'only if we don't need it' basis. Tim Flint provided the final bow at this old venue, what a way to go!

 

In February 1992, Margaret Mason 'kick started' (or pedalled) the club's revival with a spectacular open house at the current venue, the United Reformed Church, Great Baddow, and the club finally had a new home.

 

May 2002 saw the 30th anniversary of the club, with a special ticket only concert at the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford. Our visiting artistes were Jean Martyn and Allun Davies, who entertained us with skill and artistry in a manner befitting the occasion.

 

Special events have been organised most years and have been well supported, all helping to make Chelmsford Organ and Keyboard Club one of the friendliest groups of organ enthusiasts. Membership has been at the maximum level for some years, with a waiting list for anxious enrollees, but guests are always welcome at all regular monthly concerts.