OrganFax News

OrganFax news brings you all the latest from the world of the organ and keyboard. From new product launches, to festivals and other exciting events. Please feel free to contact us with any news you would like featured on this page.

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Longest Serving Committee Member?Longest Serving Committee Member?

Tuesday 27th January

Alan Pilgrim, the president and one of the founder members of the Colchester Organ Society has just turned 80. He has been with the society since it`s inception and as the club has recently celebrated its 45th aniversary we believe he is the countries longest serving committee member (unless of course you know someone else - let us know). From all at OrganFax Happy Birthday Alan!

Clubs In Trouble

Monday 17th November

This in from Eden Park.

"Dear all at Organfax. It was 4 years ago that we closed and reformed the club following a generous donation from a well wisher. At next months concert we will celebrate the extra 4 years we managed to salvage and enjoy. To all loyal members and visitors it is with deep regret that we have to inform you as the 2014 season is coming to an end, we have had to make the decision to close down the Eden Park Music Club. We have lost many relia... Read more.

Welcome to Beer WurlitzerWelcome to Beer Wurlitzer

Tuesday 4th November

Beer Wurlitzer is the latest to join our full membership ranks! It is the Britains oldest Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and was the first Wurlitzer organ to open in the United Kingdom. The instrument was dispatched from the factory in North Tonawanda, USA, on the 1st December 1924 and was originally installed at The Picture House (later Gaumont, then Odeon) in Walsall, Staffordshire. Here the organ opened on the 26th January 1925.

The organ was removed from the cinema in 1955 and then spent two years at a private house in... Read more.

Oktoberfest Musical Holiday Weekend Draws Closer!Oktoberfest Musical Holiday Weekend Draws Closer!

Monday 29th September

Fancy a last minute trip away? Do you like good music in a friendly environment ? Well if you've answered 'yes' to these questions, then you will be well suited to attend The Oktoberfest - the Wersi weekend held right here in the UK.

It's not a trade show - it's a festival weekend catering for players and non players - owners and non owners alike.

We like great organ and keyboard music which is why we've put on a spectacular line up of artists this year

Claudia Hirschfeld, Brett Wales, Robert Bartha, David Dunlap (USA) Ben Scott-Hyde, YouTube sensation Flori... Read more.

Hope-Jones’ 1890s Scrapbook Discovered!Hope-Jones’ 1890s Scrapbook Discovered!

Tuesday 9th September

We have been sent the following news item from Roger Fisher at LTOT (Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Peel Green).

Robert Hope-Jones (1859-1914), well known organ builder of Victorian times, who started work in Birkenhead, went on to join the Wurlitzer Company in America, and earned himself the title “Father of the Theatre Organ”. He died exactly a hundred years ago, on 13th September 1914. Coinciding with the centenary of his death comes the following am... Read more.

Can You Help!

Saturday 6th September

Fiona and Vanessa Lake have asked us,

"If there are any musicians out there who knew our wonderful dad, Brian Lake, who died last summer. My sister, Vanessa and I, Fiona, are compiling an album of photos and stories about dad to celebrate his life. Dad played sax, clarinet and of course piano. And as his career developed he moved into the development of the organ. Any help would be appreciated".

If you have any information you can contact Fiona and Vanessa Lake on their email

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