New venue for Blackpool music club

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Blackpool Keyboard Club is on the move.

Due to the sudden closure of its former base, the Pro-Deaf Club in North Shore, the club has had to search for a new home in which to stage its monthly concerts.

From tomorrow its new venue will be Bispham United Reformed Church, Cavendish Road, Bispham.

As is its custom of 37 years, the club will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month (except for November) and is looking forward to a programme of popular music presented by some of the finest entertainment organists and keyboard players from around the United Kingdom.

Tomorrow’s concert features Phil Brown from 7.30pm. He started playing the organ at the age of 11. Whilst standing outside a local organ shop waiting for his father, he was intrigued by the sounds coming through the open shop door. He ventured inside and invested 50p in his first organ lesson and from that beginning has flourished a fruitful career.

He began performing in public aged 13 and over the years he has performed as far afield as America, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He has been regularly featured on BBC Radio 2’s programme, The Organist Entertains, and he is also the President of the Derby Organ & Keyboard Club.

Until 2000 Phil played in front of 30,000 people every September for Derby City Leisure services with the East of England Orchestra at an open air concert in the park. He is now also a qualified IT professional.

Next month’s club meeting is November 15 when the guest will be Byron Jones. Everyone is welcome at all concerts. For further details contact Stephen Austin on (07731) 148530 or e-mail: camera@organ162.freeserve.co.uk.