August 2007 was the fortieth anniversary of the formation of Ipswich Light Organ Music Society (ILOMS). We acquired our Christie Theatre Pipe Organ in 1967 from the Century Cinema (later Essoldo) Clacton In July 1936. After a final concert there, the Christie was placed in storage until an agreement was reached with the United Reformed Church at Castle Hill, Ipswich. The organ was opened in November 1971 by Len Rawle, John Mann and veteran organist Sydney Gustard.
Since then the Society has prospered, holding Sunday afternoon concerts March, May, October and November.
To celebrate the 40th Birthday of ILOMS and the 70th of the Christie, a double CD was released, one of Len Rawle playing at Castle Hill and the other taken from live concert recordings of Len playing the Wurlitzer Organ, which was in the ABC Ritz Cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich. *Now and Then* is available at £10.00 plus £2.50 p&p.
Annual Membership of the Club is £8.00 per person.
If you cant attend concerts.. you can become a *Friend of the Christie*....... £10 per year which is a great help to keeping this old lady in fine fettle..
Concerts start at 2.30pm.
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