Our friendly concerts normally begin at 7pm (except for December, which is an afternoon event) and feature a wide range of popular music for all, played by very top players from around the the UK and, indeed, around the world. A typical programme might include show music, big band music, 60s and 70s favourites, popular light classics and much more.
Admission to our concerts is just £12.00 per person (£10.00 for ATOS Chapter Members on production of a valid membership card), with FREE ADMISSION for children (16 and under) with a paying adult. Tea and Coffee is available at the interval for a nominal contribution.
Please note that the car park has an evening flat rate payable of £2.20, which covers from 6pm till 6am.
The Woking Wurlitzer started life at the Granada Cinema in Welling, South East London, where it was opened on 22nd November 1937. A 3c/8, it was one of the six outstanding 'Super 8' Wurlitzer theatre organs of this design installed in London cinemas. The only one remaining in its original home is at the Granada Cinema in Harrow, but sadly that is currently unusable.
When the cinema closed, the organ was purchased by the London and South of England Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and restored by the technical team under the leadership of Les Rawle. It opened in its new home, Wurlitzer Hall, Woking, in August 1995.
The organ has been musically enhanced to now be a 3/19 Wurlitzer, three keyboards and nineteen ranks of pipes, giving a superb, rich and powerful sound, that can be played from a whisper through to full organ. Being a theatre organ, it also has lots of real percussion instruments, drums, cymbals, glockenspiel, xylophone and more, all played live by the organist from the console.
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Alongside our activities at Woking, in 1978 we established the UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition, an event which has encouraged many of today's top professional players on their musical journey and, whilst we have had to break off from this due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hoped we may be able to re-establish the contest before too long. Our format proved so successful that a similar event was subsequently established in America as an international contest and where we are proud to have enjoyed many successes with UK winners.
We look forward to welcoming you to Wurlitzer Hall.
|February 11th||Phil Kelsall MBE|
|March 25th||Andy Quin|
|May 20th||Richard Hills|
|July 8th||Michael Wooldridge (more details)|
with Jamyma Hanson
|July 8th||Jamyma Hanson (more details)|
Playing some solos and duets at the Wurlitzer with Michael Wooldridge
|September 16th||Top Australian Organist, Chris McPhee|
|October 21st||The welcome return of John Atwell from Australia|
|November 11th||Chris Stanbury|
|December 16th||Michael Wooldridge (more details)|
Christmas Open Console afternoon featuring Michael, and an Open Console for all to try. 2.30pm start
|December 16th||2.30pm, Festive Open House with Michael Wooldridge and an open console for anyone who would like to play|
|February 10th||Andrew Nix|
|March 9th||David Lobban|
|April 13th||Byron Jones B.E.M|
|May 11th||John Mann|
|June 15th||Declan Poole|
|July 13th||David Lowe|
|September 14th||Mark Laflin|
|October 12th||Simon Gledhill|
|November 9th||Gordon Cree|
|December 14th||Michael Wooldridge (more details)|
2.30pm - Festive Afternoon with Michael and an Open Console for anyone who wishes to play the Wurlitzer
|December 14th||2.30pm, Festive Open House with Michael Wooldridge and an open console for anyone who would like to play|