Michael and Jamyma

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Worthing Wurlitzer

Telephone Number :  01903-206206

Email address :  contact@worthing-wurlitzer.org

Website :  www.worthing-wurlitzer.org

Contact name :  Box Office

Venue address : Worthing - The Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road , Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HQ

About Worthing Wurlitzer

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NEXT EVENT - Sunday 13th February at 2.30pm

We are looking forward to welcoming back local organist  Michael Wooldridge with protégé Jamyma Hanson.

Michael has played the Worthing Wurlitzer for a variety of occasions including Sunday concerts, children’s concerts, sing-a-longs during the Worthing Beer Festival and silent film shows.

The afternoon will feature a satisfying selection of Jazz and Swing standards along with musical numbers from the great Hollywood films and West End shows. Michael will play the both the organ and the Steinway Grand piano, from where he will also duet with Jamyma at the Wurlitzer.A

Jamyma Hanson started to play the organ after seeing a presentation by Michael which tempted her to give playing a try. As a result, she became one of the bright young talents to have risen through the ranks of the Rye Wurlitzer Academy which is run by Michael Wooldridge. She has made several concert performances on organs throughout the southern half of the UK and has also been featured playing and chatting on BBC Radio 2.

Worthing's wonderful Wurlitzer is one of the largest theatre organs in England, indeed Europe. The sound you hear is produced from over 1500 organ pipes installed in the two organ chambers located behind the grilles on either side of the stage. The pipes range from 2 inches in length to 16 feet in length. Alongside these pipes are real percussion instruments; a xylophone, sleigh bells, drums, cymbals and even a set of cathedral chimes! The organ is a powerful instrument using air produced by two 5kw blowers housed under the stage. The console rises majestically to its playing position on a lift, as all proper theatre or cinema organs should. The console is where the organist sets the sounds (registrations) required from the organ pipes and other instruments from within the chambers, and of course where the notes are played on the manuals, also known as keyboards. The smallest theatre organ will have two manuals of five octaves in length; Worthing's Wurlitzer has three manuals (see photo) and some organs have four or more.  

Our Sunday afternoon concerts comprise two halves of about 50 minutes each with an interval of about 25 minutes.  Organists often take requests - please give details to the staff before the concert starts. We do hope that you can join us!

Sunday February 13th at 2:30pm - Michael Wooldridge, popular local organist

- Sunday April 3rd at 2:30pm - Phil Kelsall, from The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

- Sunday June 12th at 3pm - Poulenc's Organ Concerto with the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. For further information please see http://www.worthingphil.co.uk/

- Sunday October 16th at 2:30pm - Robert Wolfe from the Thursford Collection

- Sunday November 20th  at 2:30pm- Mark Laflin.

For further information please see www.worthing-wurlitzer.org

Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Worthing Theatres website https://wtam.uk/ or via the box office on 01903 206206.

Second hand CDs and vinyl records are available to purchase during the interval. All proceeds will go towards the Sussex Theatre Organ Trust to help ensure the future of the Wurlitzer concerts. 

Further Information

For those of you who are new to cinema and theatre organs, Wurlitzer pipe organs are historic musical instruments that were originally designed to provide accompaniment to silent films in cinemas. After the 'talkies' were invented, the instruments were played to provide music before and after film shows and during the interval.Many cinema buildings were demolished in the latter half of the 20th century but a number of the organs were saved and reinstalled in other buildings. The Wurlitzer installed in the Assembly Hall is just such an example and the excellent acoustics of the hall make the best of this organ's rich sounds.


Worthing Wurlitzer's Photo Gallery

Phil Kelsall at the Worthing Wurlitzer Robert Wolfe from the Thursford Collection David Gray at the Worthing Wurlitzer Michael Wooldridge Simon Gledhill Stephen Austin

Worthing Wurlitzer's Concert Diary

February 16thDavid Lowe
February 16thwith Aaron Hawthorne (more details)

2019 winner of American Theatre Organ Young Musician of the Year

March 15thPhil Kelsall (more details)

Organist at The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

March 22ndWorthing Philharmonic Orchestra with Organ (more details)

Poulenc's Organ Concerto

September 20thMark Laflin
November 15thSimon Gledhill
October 17thCameron Lloyd
November 6thAaron Hawthorne (more details)

Silent Movie accompanied by Wurlitzer organ and Soprano

February 13thMichael Wooldridge (more details)

With special guest, Jamyma Hanson

February 13thJamyma Hanson (more details)

A couple of cameos and some duets with Michael Wooldridge

April 3rdPhil Kelsall
June 12thWorthing Philharmonic Orchestra (more details)

Poulenc's Organ Concerto featuring the Worthing Wurlitzer

October 16thRobert Wolfe
November 20thMark Laflin