The Clacton Keyboard Music Club relaunches with a concert

LONG-DATE music club is relaunching its activities after an 18-month hiatus due to COVID.

The Clacton Keyboard Music Club, formerly known as the Clacton & District Organ Society, is having a concert tomorrow to mark the event.

This is the club’s first live performance in months, taking place at Community Hall of Valley Road at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Annie Threadkell, a professional musician with over 25 years of experience in the industry.

The group gives monthly concerts with artists from around the world but had to suspend operations during the lockdown.

Vic Wiggins, 70, of Clacton, who is the president of Clacton Keyboard, said COVID was a stumbling block for many artists.

And that forced some of them to do concerts online on Facebook.

He added, “The whole artist has had a scorching period of time.

“Musicians depend on a circuit – they make clubs all over the country.

“We even have an artist from the Netherlands, but she’s in trouble now because of Brexit.

“We’re going to try to do monthly concerts until Christmas and see how things go.”

The club, which has been in existence since the 1970s, aims to promote live music for keyboard and organ in a friendly and social atmosphere.

Mr Wiggins added: “There is a general misconception that the word ‘organ’ means that it is either a traditional theater organ or a church or classical organ.

“And it’s no such thing – it’s currently being modernized.

“They are multi-talented musicians and the sound they get from these instruments is amazing.”

The concert doors open at 7 p.m. and no prior reservation is required. Admission is £ 5.

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