The Organ in Ossett Town Hall, West Yorkshire, was one of the first Town Hall installations in the UK. The Northern Theatre Organ Trust was founded in 1964 mainly by Frank Hare, the name synonymous with Theatre Organs, and still our Secretary and Trustee today!
The 3 manual 13 rank Compton/Christie is built up from various instruments which were added to the 5 unit Compton from the Rialto Cinema Bebington. The piston relays and setter boards are from the Oden, Swiss Cottage and Regal, St Leonards. The shutters are from the Fitton & Hayley Cinema Organ in the Greengates Cinema Bradford. The console came from the New Victoria Cinema, London (the console is unique being the only Compton console with three sweeps of stop-keys), the console platform is from the Plaza, Chorley. There is also a Weber upright piano attachement. That organ is known the world over for its tonal qualities in the cathedral like accousitcs of the Town Hall. The first concert on January 2nd 1970 was recorded by the BBC for the Organist Entertains with Watson Holmes and Hubert Selby at the Console.
Now 45 years on the Organ needs a much needed service which is underway with the great technical team. The instrument is also used more that is has been for a long period but is sounding better by the week. It is the NTOT's aim to keep the organ in as much as the original state as possible.
We welcome bookings for the organ for functions held within the Town Hall (organist to be approved).
The Committee team are a freindly group whos aim is to promote the organ through friendship and music and raise much needed funds.