Bognor music club to go out with a bang after 38 years

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THE final notes of a well-established music club in Bognor are set to be played.

After some 38 years of existence the Regis Organ and Keyboard Club is closing its doors.

At its peak, strong membership numbered 160 plus a waiting list.

Performances have been given by all of the country’s leading organists, playing a whole range of music from Bach to The Beatles and the club has always strived to please its enthusiastic members and visitors alike.

Announcing the sad news in a letter to the Observer, chairman Susan Scott said: “Unfortunately, as with many clubs and societies, times have changed and it has proved difficult to encourage new, younger members with an interest in the wide and varied range of musical performance at the monthly concerts held by the club at the Jubilee Hall in Middleton.

“So it is very sad to have to announce the end of an era.”

It is not all sad news however, with the club planning to go out with a bang with three exciting farewell concerts.

Rye Academy of Music Young Theatre Organist of the Year Thomas Pickering will join other young singers from the famed academy to perform at the Jubilee Hall on September 30.

Then on October 28, another real talent in Mark Thompson will be travelling down from Durham to play a selection of his repertoire of music at the hall.

Finally on November 25 there will be a concert of music by Ivor Novello, played by two nationally recognised performers, Michael Wooldridge and Chris Stanbury.

The club is inviting anyone to come along to the concerts, which commence at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and cost £5 per person at the door.

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