BOLTON IN TUNE
We are pleased to announce that all of our concerts will be advertised under the banner of 'Bolton in Tune'. Whilst the club will still be registered as 'BADEOS' it is essential that we take steps to ensure that we attract more members and visitors. The emphasis will be placed on the LIVE MUSIC aspect whereby top European and UK artistes will be playing live music using modern electronic keyboards on the THIRD TUESDAY of every month. We have a blog for interest to potential new members and visitors who are not aware of what we offer. There is a direct link at the bottom of this page.
BOLTON & DISTRICT ELECTRONIC ORGAN SOCIETY (BADEOS) was formed in 1973 by a stalwart few with laid down objectives to unite all organ enthusiasts in Bolton and surrounding districts. Today, of course, that would have to be described as 'Live music enthusiasts'.
In the early years, monthly concerts were held in local clubrooms, leading to a major move to a new venue in the ballroom of a town centre hotel.
While potential looked good, unfortunately the attendance decreased, due to a number of reasons. There was no convenient parking, the venue was laid out in theatre style seating and there was a lack of social atmosphere.
The committee realised that action was needed fast before we disappeared off the scene.
An opportunity arose when we agreed to take part in the Bolton Festival held in 1991. Not only did we hire a street stall to advertise the society we decided to make the event a mini festival.
We used the Festival Hall in the Town Hall to arrange demonstrations and mini concerts throughout the day. Traders from the area set up stands to advertise and promote their business. Mini concerts commenced at 12 noon every 30 minutes and the highlight of the event was an evening concert in the Albert Hall by the International organist William Davies playing the Walker pipe organ. William Davies originated from Bolton so it was appropriate that he gave the final concert and the event was an overwhelming success.
This now gave the committee some urgency to find a more suitable venue and they found a clubroom at Over Hulton situated on a main road with easy access to outlying districts and the Motorway. Our first concert at this venue was in January 1992. We made steady progress and on some concert nights we were going out to the bowls clubhouse to carry in extra seats.
After a couple of years, however, we knew we had to consider moving again to a larger room and this we did in January 1995. Our new venue was in Plodder Lane Farnworth and here we continued to build up our attendance, but in doing so started to learn some valuable lessons. The room was well furnished and comfortable but there was restricted parking and this was a cause of considerable frustration to a lot of our members. We knew we had to move again, but the next move would have to be the right one and the final one.
A long standing member suggested a venue outside the main town in an area where a lot of development was due to take place. The Committee visited the prospective venue, fell in love with it and had no hesitation in moving to the RMI Club at Horwich for the January 1997 concert.
Since that date we have never looked back but always forward.
We have welcomed artistes from all over the world and the UK.
We like to consider ourselves a friendly, almost family club and this we consider very important. There is always a welcome whether you are a member or visitor.
We celebrated 35 years of existence in 2008 and our Anniversary concert was held on 18th November 2008 with Sarah Foley as the visiting artiste.
The final concert of our Anniversary year was held on December 16th 2008 when Robert Wolfe made his first visit to BADEOS. The evening was an overwhelming success with a capacity crowd at the RMI club.
2013 was our 40th. Anniversary year celebrated at the April concert with Claudia Hirschfeld playing to a capacity crowd in the presence of the Mayor of Horwich.
Our Charity event was held in November 2013 and after several months of fund raising we donated £1,000 to the charity 'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People'
We like to consider ourselves a friendly, almost family club and this we consider very important.
The club is well situated on a main road with direct and easy access from the M61 Motorway (Junction 6) and main routes from Bolton, Manchester, Chorley, Wigan and surrounding areas.
There is an access area for disabled visitors, together with facilities.
If you live within easy travelling distance, come along and see us - you will be very welcome.
If you need any help, advice, or a programme and map then please email us with your address at firstname.lastname@example.org