WEYHILL ELECTRONIC ORGAN SOCIETY

 

 

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

In addition to providing regular top class entertainment, the Society prides itself in being an active and friendly social club.  Day trips and special functions are organised whenever possible. 
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Annual Dinner - 4 July 2013

The White Hart Hotel in Andover was the ideal venue for this event and guest artiste, PAUL CARMAN, provided the right balance of keyboard music, vocals and a wry humour to delight the diners.  Songs associated with the likes of The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis, Matt Monro, Jim Reeves and Bette Midler were mixed with a Latin American selection and a little Dixieland music.  As the evening drew to an end, Paul performed a popular Classical piece, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and the Nat King Cole number, Unforgettable.  It was an enjoyable occasion and a night to remember.


 
White Hart Oktoberfest - 7 October 2012
 
The Club was delighted to welcome PENNY WEEDON as the guest performer for this annual event - a relaxed afternoon, combining the very best in music and refreshment. After an enjoyable roast lunch, the event consisted of three sessions of music, interspersed with a raffle, a music-based quiz and, of course, an excellent tea. Penny kept the audience well entertained with a delightful selection of music, along with some recollections of her time in the entertainment business. Once again, a most informal atmosphere was maintained and, from soundings taken during the afternoon, it seems that the event will be welcomed back next year. 
  
 
Music By The Sea - 25 March 2012
 
A coach party visited the Carrington House Hotel in Bournemouth for the eighth annual festival on Sunday 25 March. The event, involving nine diferent clubs from Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire, was attended by 174 guests, 42 of whom were from the Weyhill club (i.e. 24% ot the total). The artistes performing were IAN GRIFFIN, JANET DOWSETT and DIRKJAN RANZIJN. As usual, the standard of entertainment was top class, with contrasting styles and musical selections, and the service provided by the Hotel was superb.
 
Postscript:  This proved to be the final festival as the Management Team decided to 'bring down the curtain' on these events.  Although each of the eight annual festivals had been individually successful, numbers had gradually declined and it was felt that the events had probably run their natural course.
 
  
 
Christmas Dinner - 12 January 2012
 
The Keystone Hall in Andover was the venue for the Club’s Christmas Dinner and a healthy attendance was well entertained by guest artiste, JOHN ROMERO, with a well-chosen selection of music. The event was also attended by the Mayor of Test Valley and the former editor of the local newspaper. John played as the guests arrived and then performed two more sessions after the meal.With excellent food and enjoyable music, the combination made for a totally enjoyable evening and the feedback was most encouraging.
 
  
 
Relaxing with Robert - 2 October 2011 
 
ROBERT DAVIES provided the music for the Society's annual function at the White Hart Hotel in Andover, and a near-capacity audience had a most enjoyable time. An unusually warm October afternoon necessitated that all windows of the Oak Room were open but the temperature failed to have an adverse affect on the entertainment. The roast lunch and afternoon tea were ideal for the occasion, whilst Robert's selections were very well received. A brief music-themed quiz, prepared by the artiste, added a little extra fun to proceedings - and the cheap prizes awarded were never likely to cause any arguments amongst the competitors! Continuation of this event seems assured - for next year at least - although such warm conditions are unlikely to recur.
 
 
 
 
'Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 27 March 2011 
 
The seventh annual Festival proved to be a most successful and enjoyable event, despite the attendance being lower than in the previous year.  The artistes performing on this occasion were RICHARD BOWER, PENNY WEEDON and PHIL BROWN, who combined extremely well together to provide an excellent variation of musical styles and sounds.  Those present included a party of 50 or so from Weyhill, making up around a third of the total attendance.  
 
 
Christmas Dinner - 13 January 2011
 
The event, staged at the Keystone Hall in Andover, was well attended and a most enjoyable evening was had by everyone.  The music was provided by PETE SHAW, from North Wales, with his wife Yvonne joining in with vocals towards the end of the evening to produce a great cabaret atmosphere.   
As well as working solo, Pete has been working with Yvonne as a very successful dance/cabaret duo called Saremma since 1994 (the name incidentally comes from his daughters Sarah and Emma!). 
  
  
Hector Olivera in Concert - 30 September 2010
 
A party of sixteen from the Society travelled south to the Hamworthy Club in Canford Magna to attend a concert performed by world-famous organist, HECTOR OLIVERA.  The group stopped off for an excellent meal in West Moors before the concert, contributing to a totally enjoyable occasion.  Needless to say, Hector's performance was quite stunning, one outstanding feature being the depth of sound produced for the orchestral pieces.  Much of the programme was Classical, although compositions by George Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Webber were also included. 
 
  
An Afternoon with Peter - 5 September 2010
 
The Society staged its annual Sunday event at the White Hart Hotel in Andover, with entertainment provided by PETER FRANCIS, ably assisted by vocalist SUE STOCKLEY.  As usual, the afternoon was arranged in three  sessions, with a musical quiz included to provide a little extra fun - and bemusement!
 
Peter's programme of music matched the occasion, with a fine selection of popular songs, whilst Sue displayed her excellent vocal range with hits from such as Dusty Springfield and The Carpenters.  As usual, the food was first class, and everyone enjoyed a most relaxing afternoon.
 
 
'Lunch with Dirk' - 29 April 2010
 
Prior to his Charity performance in the local ASDA store the following day, DIRKJAN RANZIJN kindly agreed to play for an impromptu  lunchtime gathering at the White Hart Hotel in Andover.   After an enjoyable single-course lunch, the audience was entertained by a great variety of music - some pieces new to the organ circuit - whilst Dirk displayed his usual energy and enthusiasm.  Some of the diners had nor seen or heard Dirk previously but were suitably impressed by his performance - so much so that they have vowed to attend his next concert for the Society in April 2011, at The Lights theatre.
 
 
 
'Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 28 March 2010
 
An attendance of 220 included 60 supporters from the Weyhill club, most of whom had travelled to Bournemouth by coach. 
 
 
This was the sixth annual one-day event organised by MBS Festivals and for the second successive year it was staged at the Carrington House Hotel in Knyveton Road. 
 
A total of eight different organ societies were represented - mainly from Hampshire and Dorset.  The guests enjoyed an afternoon of top class entertainment and excellent hospitality, with a wide range of music performed by RYAN EDWARDS, JOHN ROMERO and DAVID THOMAS 
 
 
Christmas Dinner - 25 February 2010
 
This event was originally scheduled for 7 January but heavy snow and dangerous driving conditions had forced a postponement; however, there was no sign of snow on this occasion ... it was pouring with rain instead!
 
For the second year, the selected venue was Wyke Down Country Pub & Restaurant - a few miles east of Andover - where Club supporters had the opportunity to chat and enjoy a tasty, albeit 'cracker-less', festive meal, along with a music quiz and the usual raffle.
 
 
An Afternoon with Brian - 6 September 2009 
 

By way of variation, the Society staged a social afternoon at the White Hart Hotel in Andover on Sunday 6 September – the fourth time such an event has been staged by the Club.  The event comprised of lunch and tea, interspersed with a fine selection of music performed by BRIAN HAZELBY  from Sutton Coldfield. 

 

Brian has spent a lifetime in music and his many experiences have included performing for the Geraldo London Orchestra on New York cruises. He was also a member of the famous John Barry Seven (at one time Adam Faith's backing group).   

 

The music ranged from Classical to Jazz, from Latin American to Orchestral ballads and also included film and television themes.  The programme featured the familiar hits of many well known stars, such as George Gershwin, Nat King Cole, Herb Alpert, Mantovani, Eddie Calvert and Acker Bilk.  Such characters as the Pink Panther and Dick Barton were recalled in music, whilst the afternoon was concluded concluded with a 'Last Night of the Proms' selection.

  

It was indeed a most relaxing and enjoyable occasion - and one which obviously proved popular with the Society's supporters.   

 
 
 
 'Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 29 March 2009
 
Supporters of the Society made up around 40% of the audience for this event, the fifth annual festival, which was staged for the first time at the Carrington House Hotel in Bournemouth.
 
Those who attended enjoyed a great afternoon of entertainment and hospitality, with music provided by IAN HOUSECHRIS STANBURY  and  MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE  - the latter artiste deputising at the last minute for Penny Weedon. 
 

Carol Williams Concert - 21 March 2009

 
An excellent sum of money was raised for the Mayor of Test Valley’s selected charities as a result of this concert, so excellently performed by world-renowned organist, CAROL WILLIAMS.  The event, held at St Mary's Church, Andover was very well attended and Carol certainly enhanced her already fine reputation.  
 

Carol, whose fee for the concert was sponsored by the Society, is an extremely likeable Welsh lady who has been resident in the USA for the past few years.  Since 2001, she has held the post of Civic Organist in San Diego, where she performs regular Sunday concerts throughout the year … and she certainly brought the Californian sunshine with her to Andover.   
 

She has performed concerts throughout the world, including many in the States, but also in Paris, Beijing and Moscow – to name but just a few.  Her previous UK engagements have included such prestigious venues as Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.  
 

A programme of light classics included such well-known pieces as Widor's 'Toccata' and Khachaturian's 'Sabre Dance', as well as compositions by Bach and Beethoven.  Arguably, however, the highlight of the evening was Carol’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’.  Thanks to the presence of a large video screen, everyone could witness Carol’s amazing skills on the base pedals as a distinct feeling of spring ‘buzzed’ round the church.  By way of complete contrast, the concert ended with a selection of up-tempo pieces, for which she was joined by her husband Kerry, accompanying her on the drums!
 
Carol's presentation was both professional and friendly, and the applause afforded to her at the end of the evening was truly merited.  The church, with excellent acoustic properties, provided an ideal setting for the event and Carol intimated afterwards how much she had enjoyed her visit.
 
 
Christmas Dinner - 8 January 2009
 
Demand for tickets was such that the event was transferred to a larger venue than in recent years - Wyke Down Country Inn & Restaurant, a few miles east of Andover.  Even so, the restaurant was full and an enjoyable evening was had by all concerned.
 
After an excellent meal, music was provided by ALISON BOWER, with a broad selection of tunes, including a number of requests submitted by the diners. 
 
 
 
'Little Miss Dynamite' - 7 September 2008
 
An afternoon of great music, with a little fun and laughter, complemented by an excellent roast lunch and afternoon tea. What better way to spend the time when typically British weather prevails?

ELIZABETH HARRISON provided the entertainment, whilst the delicious food was provided by the event venue, namely the White Hart Hotel in Andover. The music was presented and performed in an informal way, befitting of the afternoon, consisting of ballads, marches and a good selection of dance tunes. Elizabeth also devised a cunning music-themed quiz which severely tested the many 'grey cells' and caused amused consternation!  The occasion was enjoyed by all concerned and has now become an annual fixture in the Society's calendar.
 
 
 
   
Assembly Hall, Worthing - 22 June 2008 
 
A coach party from the Society travelled to Worthing to hear NICHOLAS MARTIN perform on the great-sounding Wurlitzer. A delightful afternoon - with a good selection of music and excellent acoustics. It was such a shame that the event was not well supported... around 150 people in a building which has a capacity of over 900!

A mid-day lunch and afternoon tea at a nearby hotel made for an enjoyable day ... all part of the Club's active social calendar.
 
 
 
 

'Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 13 April 2008

A contingent of over 60 Society supporters (most of whom travelled by coach) attended the fourth annual festival, staged at the Heathlands Hotel.

Entertainment was provided by KEVIN GRUNILLSARAH FOLEY and DIRKJAN RANZIJN  - and the event again proved to be a popular success.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christmas Dinner - 10 January 2008
 
The Oak Room at the White Hart Hotel in Andover was completely full as Club supporters enjoyed an excellent Christmas Dinner.  The meal was followed by a well-chosen selection of music performed by COLIN FORD, on his first engagement for the Club.  Colin incorporated a quiz into his programme, thus making for a most entertaining evening.  The event proved to be extremely popular and, such was the demand for tickets, it is likely to become an annual event.
 
  
 
 
John Mann Christmas Show, Bournemouth - 10 December 2007
 
After a delicious Christmas lunch at the Heathlands Hotel, a coach party from the Society attended the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth.

The entertainment on offer was of the usual high standard expected from JOHN MANN - ably assisted by IAIN FLITCROFT - with the music and fun making for an excellent pre-Christmas occasion.

Everyone agreed that the event provided very good value. 
 
 
 
 
 
 An Afternoon with Dirk - 30 September 2007
 
The White Hart Hotel in Andover was once more the setting for the Society's second Sunday concert and, as in 2006, the guest artiste was the ever-popular and enthusiastic Dutchman, DIRKJAN RANZIJN. The entertainment was divided into three sessions, commencing after mid-day lunch, and the selections covered a wide range of music.

The first session included popular items associated with James Last, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Bette Midler and Jennifer Rush, whilst lovers of Classical musical were catered for with Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' and a selection from 'The Music of Vienna'.

After a short break, a piece entitled 'Caruso' (which Dirk dedicated to the late Luciano Pavarotti) was followed by hits from the likes of Josh Groban and Abba. Musicals were represented by selections from 'Grease', 'Aspects of Love' and 'Les Miserables'.

A second interlude allowed time for tea and an enjoyable 'Name That Tune' music quiz, before the final section got under way with an Italian flavour – 'Gira Con Me' (broadly translated as 'With Love From Me To You') and 'Torna A Surriento' ('Come Back To Sorrento') – plus a journey around Europe with a Eurovision Song Contest medley.

The Albanino 'Adagio' provided another Classical variation, whilst Ennio Morricone's 'Gabriel's Oboe' ably demonstrated the delights of film music. Dirk ensured that everyone went home on a good note ... with a rousing rendition of 'Perhaps Love', in the style of the John Denver/Placido Domingo 70s chart recording.

The success of Dirk's two visits to the Hotel has encouraged the Society to organise such an event on an annual basis. Enjoyable music and tasty food obviously make for an excellent combination!
 
 

'Wizard' Compton - Bristol - 28 July 2007

A few Society supporters joined with the Wyndham Theatre Club for a trip to Bristol where, after a brief visit to Cribbs Causeaway for some lunch and a little shopping, the party enjoyed an afternoon concert performed by BYRON JONES on his Compton pipe organ. The instrument is installed in the Eden Grove Methodist Church Hall where a relaxed afternoon of music, and a delightful tea, were enjoyed by all. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 1 April 2007
 
The Society was well represented at this third 'Music By The Sea' Festival, staged at the Heathlands Hotel; indeed, around 30% of the capacity 200 audience were from the Weyhill/Andover area, with most travelling by coach.  Once again, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all, with a wide range of top class musical entertainment being provided by TONY STACE,  ELIZABETH HARRISON and CHRIS POWELL, each performing a one-hour concert. As on previous occasions, the day also incorporated a roast lunch and afternoon tea.
  
  
Carol Williams Concert - 17 March 2007
 
Over £1,000 was raised for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice as a result of a concert performed by world-renowned organist, CAROL WILLIAMS, at St Mary's Church, Andover. 
 
Carol, whose fee for the night was sponsored by the Society, holds the post of San Diego Civic Organist in California, where she performs regular Sunday afternoon concerts throughout the year. 
 
A programme of light classics included such well-known pieces as Widor's 'Toccata', Khachaturian's 'Sabre Dance', as well as compositions by Bach, Beethoven and Elgar. By way of variation, Carol performed a George Gershwin selection and several popular Sousa marches, whilst her own arrangement of Scott Joplin's 'The Entertainer' provided a further contrast … and it was only appropriate that 'Danny Boy' also made an appearance - on St Patrick's Day!
 
Carol's interaction with the audience was both professional and warm, and the tremendous acclaim she received at the end of the evening was truly merited. The church, with excellent acoustic properties, provided an ideal setting for such a unique occasion.
 
 
Christmas Dinner - 11 January 2007
 
A small party, comprising committee members and volunteers, enjoyed an evening at the White Hart Hotel, Andover. The event was organised by way of showing appreciation for the efforts of the previous year.  After a hearty meal, they were entertained to an informal concert performed by ANDREW VARLEY, incorporating a brief musical quiz.
 
  

Wicksteed Park, Kettering - Sunday 17 December 2006

A coach party attended a Christmas Musical Variety Show where they enjoyed an afternoon's entertainment, together with lunch and tea. Musical Director for this event was NICHOLAS MARTIN, an artiste well-known to the Society, who performed several solo pieces during the show.
 
  
 

An Afternoon with Dirk - 24 September 2006

A new venture was introduced when the Society staged its very first local Sunday concert – at the White Hart Hotel in Andover. The event proved to be a great success - with delicious food, excellent service - and a great concert, performed by the dynamic Dutchman, DIRKJAN RANZIJN.

The concert was arranged in three sections, with the first part commencing immediately after lunch and the final session ending around 6 p.m. Dirk, who had previously performed at Weyhill in 2004, did not disappoint; a splendid selection of music, played in his own special way, kept the audience well and truly entertained throughout. Music from around Europe was interspersed with film themes and songs from the musicals. A few classical pieces and some Big Band numbers contrasted with country music, some delightful ballads and a few of Dirk's own compositions.

A standing ovation and numerous requests for a repeat show in 2007 suggest that this initiative was well worthwhile: the combination of music and food was undoubtedly a popular recipe!
 
 

'Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 2 April 2006

The Society made up around 40% of the audience for this second annual one-day festival. A coach party was supplemented by others who made the 50-mile journey by car and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon.
 
The event, which was again staged at the Heathlands Hotel in  Bournemouth, featured three top players - GLYN MADDEN, CHIHO SUNAMOTO and ANDREW NIX - each of whom performed a one-hour concert. The day also incorporated a roast lunch and afternoon tea.
 
 
 
 
 

An Afternoon with Dirk - 25 September 2005

By way of variation, around sixty-five supporters of the Electronic Organ Society spent a day at the Yenton Hotel in Bournemouth where they were entertained by the brilliant and popular Dutchman, DIRKJAN RANZIJN. The enjoyable event, of six hours' duration, included an excellent 3-course roast lunch and delightful cream tea.

Dirk, who had performed at Weyhill in June 2004, provided the audience with a top class concert, including show tunes, film theme music and several of his own compositions. The occasion proved to be a great success and, as a consequence, is likely to be repeated in the future. The recipe was so obviously right!
 

Assembly Hall, Worthing - 26 June 2005

The Society linked up with the locally-based Wyndham Theatre Club for a trip to Worthing where, after a hotel lunch, the party enjoyed an afternoon concert performed by NICHOLAS MARTIN on the Wurlitzer organ. A delightfully varied selection of music, combined with the venue's excellent acoustics, ensured that everyone was suitably entertained.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Memories of the Black & White Minstrels - 29 May 2005

A short coach journey to the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke provided the Society's second social event of the year.  An enjoyable  afternoon's entertainment, evoking  memories of Saturday night television of the 60s and 70s, was provided by former singing stars of the Black & White Minstrels, Margaret Savage, Bob Hunter and Peter Chapman.  The show was compèred by Chris Gidney whilst the music was provided and directed by the well-known theatre and electronic organist, MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE, assisted by PHIL SOLOMON on drums.

 
 

'Music By The Sea', Bournemouth - 27 February 2005

A coach party from the Society had an enjoyable afternoon when they attended a one-day gala festival at the Heathlands Hotel. Bournemouth. This was a completely new event, launched by the Society's Secretary, and featured the very best of electronic organ music, with three one-hour 'spots' performed by NICHOLAS MARTINJEAN MARTYN and BRETT WALES. The day also incorporated a roast Sunday lunch and afternoon tea.
  
 
 
 

Wicksteed Park, Kettering - 30 November 2004

A coach party from the Society had a most enjoyable day when they travelled to Kettering for a Christmas Old Time Music Hall, featuring most of the cast from Turner's, and again featuring the renowned talents of NICHOLAS MARTIN, the show's Musical Director. Nicholas, who had played at Weyhill only six weeks earlier, accompanied all of the acts on stage as well as performing a brief solo spot on his Technics G-100. Arguably, the outstanding aspect was the delightful singing of MAGGIE MAY, who led the company in a few festive songs to round off the entertainment.
 
 

The 'Wizard' Compton, Bristol - 8 August 2004

A coach party from WEOS made a relatively short trip, via the M4, to the Eden Grove Methodist Church Hall, Filton, on the outskirts of Bristol - where they were wonderfully entertained by BYRON JONES on his Compton organ. Upon arrival, a most satisfying buffet lunch was provided before everyone sat down to enjoy the magical sounds of the Welsh Wizard's recently installed theatre organ. Excellent music, pleasing hospitality and a relaxing afternoon for all!
 
 
 
 
 
Turner's, Northampton - 28 March 2004
 
This outing again proved to be extremely popular and tickets were quickly sold. The entertainment, an Old Time Music Hall Variety Show, was most enjoyable whilst NICHOLAS MARTIN displayed his renowned musical talents on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
 
Sadly, this was to be the Society's final visit to Turner's as news of the venue's closure had just been received. Alternative trips for this enthusiastic band of WEOS supporters would obviously have to be found!
 

Christmas Dinner - 20 December 2003

A contingent of the Society's supporters gathered at the Red Lion Country Inn, Clanville for a most enjoyable evening. The event provided the opportunity for everyone to become acquainted with fellow diners. Entertainment was provided by the WYVERN DANCE BAND, a group which included two members of the WEOS committee.
 
 
 
   
 
 
Turner's, Northampton - 23 March 2003
  
The Society's first social function - a coach trip to Turner's, Northampton - proved to be a resounding success and an enjoyable time was had by everyone involved. The entertainment consisted of an Old Time Music Hall Variety Show, with music, song and comedy. Star spots featured NICHOLAS MARTIN on the Wurlitzer and IAN DARLINGTON on electronic piano and trumpet.