WEYHILL ELECTRONIC ORGAN SOCIETY

HOW IT ALL BEGAN
 

Back in the Sixties and Seventies, the electronic organ became a hugely popular instrument, with BBC Radio 2 showcasing an extensive selection of music performed by a number of talented organists on its weekly one-hour broadcast, 'The Organist Entertains'.  Indeed, it was this programme which indirectly led to the enterprising formation of the Society.
 
In April 2001, the Society's founder and current Secretary, Terry Trevett, contacted the BBC in an attempt to identify and locate a delightful piece of music which he had heard on that programme. As a consequence, he was put in touch with a young lady organist who had been responsible for that particular recording – and she not only wrote to him with relevant details but also suggested that he might like to attend a concert that she was performing in the area later in the year.
 
Terry subsequently attended that concert and, in addition to enjoying an excellent musical evening, he learned all about the world of organ societies.  Until then, he had no idea that such quality entertainment was so readily available but, after attending a few more similar concerts, he decided to establish a club in the Andover area.  Thereafter, with much hard work and determination, the club has gone from strength to strength to attain the success it is enjoying today.

 

In case you are wondering … the piece of music responsible for this remarkable adventure is titled 'Angel In Blue', composed by Roberto Danova – and the artiste in question was Rebecca Cole (pictured), who subsequently performed at Weyhill .... exactly two years to the day after her recording had historically featured on BBC Radio 2.  Disappointingly, Rebecca is retired from the organ circuit but at least she can be pleased with her contribution towards the Society's inauguration.
 
Listen to the original 'Angel in Blue' by General Lafayette on YouTube - included by kind permission of the composer himself.
 

Note: Sadly, just a few months after airing the music which 'launched' the Weyhill Electronic Organ Society, the BBC decided to reduce to thirty minutes the time allotted to 'The Organist Entertains' programme and to exclude recordings of electronic organ music, thereby denying many of the younger talented performers the opportunity of being showcased.  Consequently, the only occasions on which these players can now be heard is at organ/keyboard clubs or festivals.