Thank you for visiting the Organ Fax website for the Worthing Wurlitzer.
Worthing's wonderful Wurlitzer is one of the largest theatre organs in England, indeed Europe. The sound you hear is produced from over 1.500 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.
We are looking forward to the first concert in eighteen months and hope you will be able to join us. Please see a list of our events below.
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.
- Sunday 17th October at 2:30pm - Cameron Lloyd - toe tapping favourites played in the Blackpool style.
- Sunday 6th November at 7:30pm - Phantom of the Opera - silent movie accompanied by Aaron Hawthorne on the Wurlitzer and soprano Rosie Lavery
- 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 concert with the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. For further information please see http://www.worthingphil.co.uk/
- Sunday October 16th at 3pm - Robert Wolfe from the Thursford Collection
- Sunday November 20th at 3pm- 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.
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.
|February 16th||David Lowe|
|February 16th||with Aaron Hawthorne (more details)|
2019 winner of American Theatre Organ Young Musician of the Year
|March 15th||Phil Kelsall (more details)|
Organist at The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool
|March 22nd||Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra with Organ (more details)|
Poulenc's Organ Concerto
|September 20th||Mark Laflin|
|November 15th||Simon Gledhill|
|October 17th||Cameron Lloyd|
|November 6th||Aaron Hawthorne (more details)|
Silent Movie accompanied by Wurlitzer organ and Soprano
|February 13th||Michael Wooldridge (more details)|
With special guest, Jamyma Hanson
|February 13th||Jamyma Hanson (more details)|
A couple of cameos and some duets with Michael Wooldridge
|April 3rd||Phil Kelsall|
|October 16th||Robert Wolfe|
|November 20th||Mark Laflin|