The Southern District of the Cinema Organ Society boasts what is Europe's largest Wurlitzer. Imported from the United States in 1930, it was originally installed the the Trocadero Cinema, Elephant and Castle in South East London. It is rated as one of the finest in the world.
The organ console has four keyboards with 241 stop-keys which control the pipes and other effects. The console can be moved to a suitable performance position in the lower Grand Hall.
The installation of this organ in the magnificent Troxy was a unique opportunity to install an organ in a building for which it was designed, enabling audiences once again to hear the exciting sounds of a Wurlitzer pipe organ played in a large super cinema environment.
Located on each side of the proscenium arch behind the ornamental grilles, four chambers house the 1,777 pipes, which range in size from 16ft to 1inch, together with effects including drums, cymbals, xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba and piano, all of which are the real thing!
At the Troxy we aim to present major musical events to a contemporary audience featuring the Wurlitzer for solo performances, silent film presentations, combined shows with soloists, bands and orchestras. We will also offer the use of the Wurlitzer to external event hirers of the Troxy.
Further details can be found at www.troxy-wurlitzer.org
We hold monthly music and picture evenings at:
Alan Baxter Associates. 77 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London. EC1M 6EL
Evening starts at 18:45
The nearest station is Farringdon, which is served by both the Underground and 'First Capital Connect' rail services which is in Cowcross Street. Alan Baxter's is a cream coloured building 100 yards up the slight incline on the right hand side. Go through the gateway which leads into a small courtyard. The Gallery is down the steps at the far right corner. If traveling by car, please note that it’s within the congestion charge zone, which finishes at 6pm and street parking is available without charge after 6:30pm.
Refreshments and sandwiches are available, at a very modest price, both before the start and during the interval.
We also hold occasional theatre pipe organ concerts at:
St John Vianney church which has an original Compton theatre pipe organ, originally installed in the Ritz cinema in Nuneaton, Warwichksire.
The address of the church is:
1 Stoneleigh Rd, Clayhall, Ilford Essex. IG5 0JB
Concerts start at 15:00 unless otherwise indicated
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