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Preston Community Concerts - New Venture by Elizabeth Harrison

Monday 17th January

Starting this month, Elizabeth Harrison is organising a series of charity concerts under the name of 'Preston Community Concerts'.

Following the sad news that the Top Note Organ Society in Leyland is to close, Elizabeth decided that it was important to keep music live in the Preston and Leyland areas. In aid of St Catherine's Hospice, on Monday 24th January 2011, 8pm start, Blackpool Tower Organist John Barnett will be performing at Midge Hall Methodist Church, Longmeanygate, Midge Hall, Leyland, PR26 6TD.

The venue is superb, cosy, warm and comfortable with excellent parkin... Read more.

Suprise M.B.E Celebrations For Len Rawle...Surprise M.B.E Celebrations For Len Rawle...

Monday 10th January

Sunday 9th January saw a tribute being made to Len Rawle to congratulate him on being awarded an M.B.E in the Queen's New Years Honours List.

Organised by Friends Of Rye leader, Richard Moore, the afternoon included a slide show with over 100 pictures and messages from artistes and organisers from all over the world offering their congratulations.  Specially invited guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon alongside Len who knew nothing about it!

Well done to all involved and once again Len, congratulations!

New Theatre Organ Heritage And Restoration Centre.

Monday 10th January

The Penistone Cinema Organ Trust is currently working on a new project to install the former Astoria, Purley, Compton organ in it's own premises. The premises will be the first dedicated Theatre Organ Heritage and Restoration centre.

Based on the outskirts of Barnsley only 1 mile or so from M1 junctions 37 and 38 the venture will provide an auditorium, containing the Compton, together with displays and items related to the history of the Cinema Organ in the UK. The centre will be unique in providing dedicated workshop facilities for Cinema Organ restoration, which will be made avail... Read more.

Late Bookings For Key BreaksLate Bookings For Key Breaks

Sunday 9th January

Brett Wales & Chris Powell are getting ready to host another of their weekend festival breaks at The Queens Hotel, Bournemouth running from 21st - 24th January 2011.  Owing to a couple of cancellations due to ill health, they now have a couple of rooms available for anybody interested in making a late booking.  With a fantastic line up including Andrew Nix, Ian Griffin & Andy Oakley, Matthew Bason, Rosalie Birchmoor, Ben Scott-Hyde and Colin Ford not to mention the hosts of the weekend, Brett & Chris, it's an event not to be missed!  For more information please... Read more.

Theatre Organ Announcement!

Sunday 2nd January

We have been given the following statement by Malcom Palmer of the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust.

"All concerts that were planned by the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust for 2011 have been canceled with immediate effect due to the closure of the former Buttermarket. This is due to circumstances beyond the control of the STOT. Should the situation change i.e. If the build should be either purchased or leased, an announcement will be made on Organfax. Although not our fault, the Shopshire Theatre Organ Trust ... Read more.

Len Rawle Receives MBE!Len Rawle Receives MBE!

Friday 31st December

Congratulations to Len Rawle who has been announced in the New Year's Honours list. 

Len Rawle has been awarded an M.B.E for services to the Theatre Organ World.

Well done Len!

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