Organist entertains in Belper

Tony Stace
Tony Stace

Talented performer Tony Stace is to be the latest guest to appear at the Belper and District Organ and Keyboard Club.

He will be putting in an appearance from 7.30pm at The Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper.

Tony Stace started playing the organ when he was nine. His father owned a T500 Hammond which was his pride and joy. He started to show an interest in music and his Dad agreed to teach him. He taught him all he knew and within a year he had arranged private tuition with his first teacher Ray Fox. At age 11, his Dad asked him what he would like for his birthday. He said he would like to play a concert, so his Dad arranged it and he played his first two-hour concert to friends and family - about 100 people.

Since then, his playing and his subsequent career have continued to go from strength to strength.

In 1997 he went over to Switzerland having had a call in the August of that year, and was told by friends it would be possible to meet up with his idol Klaus Wunderlich. Sadly, in October 1997 Klaus passed away, aged only 66. Tony’s concerts very much keep alive the sound and style of Klaus,

Covering a wide range in styles of music, today Tony has grown into one of the UK’s premier organ and keyboard entertainers, playing around 100 concerts a year.

Admission is £5 for members and £7 for non-members, including refreshments.

Details are available from 01773 827204 or 824609.

n Matlock Musical Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors at Matlock Bath’s Grand Pavilion has had to be postponed.

The decision was taken to a very unexpected bereavement.

So the performances of the musical (due to take place on May 16-17) have now been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 30, Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1.

All performances start at 7.30 pm with the doors open at 7pm.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be contacted by the box office but please feel free to contact Tim and Pauline Clark on 01773 821501. You will be given various options including a full refund.

A spokesperson for the society said: “We would like to apologize to our very loyal and supportive audience for any inconvenience caused and hope they understand.”