Organ Club (TOC) was founded in 1938 as The Robinson
Cleaver Radio Club to bring together the fans of the very popular broadcasting
organist, H Robinson Cleaver (1906 - 1987).
from the outset the Club was not restricted to just Robbie's music and was keen
to promote the Theatre Pipe Organ and its players generally, which makes it the
oldest such club in the world.
changed its name to The Theatre Organ Club in 1956 and has a membership of
about 600 with the subscription deliberately kept to the minimum required for
Robbie's death in 1987, Blackpool organist, Phil Kelsall, was invited to take
on the mantle of Club President.
well as our President there are two Vice Presidents, John Mann and David Shepherd,
and a Patron is elected from organists who have played for the Club during the
previous year. This year's Patron is Paul Kirner.
are very much a 'Club' at heart, aiming to provide a friendly focus for
like-minded people who enjoy light music played on the Theatre Organ. The
Club's work is facilitated by maintaining two districts (the North and the
South) which ensures members' interests can be more closely catered for. There is also a bi-monthly newsletter to which members' contributions are encouraged.
are proud of our long-term appeal and along with members who have been with the
club for over 60 years, there is also a steady stream of newer members.
years ago, as the number of organ equipped cinemas diminished and access to
these instruments became more difficult, The Theatre Organ Club maintains close links with the Northern
Theatre Organ Trust which owns and maintains the organ at Ossett Town Hall as
well as sponsoring concerts at other organ equipped venues up and down the
Club also has a fund available to make grants to worthwhile Theatre Organ
If you have an interest in the
music of the Theatre Organ and would enjoy meeting up with fellow enthusiasts
or just keeping up to date via the regular newsletters, why not join today?
See 'Contact Us' page for details of how to join.