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Britains Oldest Wurlitzer's Sing Out!

Tuesday 5th May

The two oldest Wurlitzer Pipe Organs to be shipped to the UK back in 1925 are still delighting their respective audiences at the age of 84!  The former Picture House, Walsall organ has graced the beautiful church in the quaint fishing village of Beer in Devon since 1958, while the ex.  Palace Theatre, Tottenham organ has had pride of place in the hall of the Thomas Peacocke College in Rye, East Sussex since 1957. 

Many years later we find these delightful instruments being given a new lease of life in their respective homes and two groups now exist to aid and furt... Read more.

All Change At Portslade Town HallAll Change At Portslade Town Hall

Saturday 2nd May

There has been a swap around of players for concerts on the mighty Portslade Town Hall Theatre Organ this season.  Michael Wooldridge is going to be Michael Maine, who is going to be Iain Flitcroft, who in turn is going to be Michael Wooldridge!

Confused?  The actual revised Sunday dates you can hear this fabulous organ in concert are at 3pm on 10th May, the 21st Anniversary Concert with Michael Wooldridge, 14th June with Michael Maine and 13th September with Iain Flitcroft.

For other dates, including Len Rawle, Simon Gledhill and John Mann visit their website.

Nicholas Martin at The Southampton GuildhallNicholas Martin at The Southampton Guildhall

Thursday 30th April

Lovers of theatre organ music on the south coast will be delighted to learn that concerts have returned to Southampton's stunning Guildhall, featuring the superb dual purpose Compton Pipe Organ.  This installation was always regarded as one of John Compton's finest creations. 

The organ was probably best known for the performances and broadcasts given there by one time resident and genius musician, Reginald Porter Brown.  The organ became somewhat unreliable and underused in recent years and a major programme of rebuilding and refurbishment undertaken by Peter Hammond... Read more.

Jean Plays Lichfield CathedralJean Plays Lichfield Cathedral

Tuesday 28th April

June 20th 2009 will see Jean Martyn at Lichfield Cathedral with the English Association of Male Voice Choirs.

The concert will feature Jean on both the Cathedral pipe organ and the Yamaha EL900 along with a soprano and 300 male voices.  All proceeds are going to the Lichfield Cathedral Restoration Fund.

Centre Aisle tickets are £12 or £8 for restricted viewing on side aisles.

Ticket hotline is 01384 838863 or also available from the Cathedral Bookshop 01543 306150.

Hammond WeekendHammond Show

Friday 24th April

This weekend on Sat 25th April 09, Hammond will be showing their wares at the Holiday Inn, Eastleigh, Hants.

Why not have a day out and be the first to see the new 2101 mk2 Leslie and B-3 style wooden Pro XK system stand and bench. You can also see and try the Hammond XK-3c - XK-1 Leslie 3300 and various bass pedal options.

As always, Barrie and Malc will be around to answer any questions and give advice on anything to do with Hammond and Leslie products. You can take this opportunity to also attend a free Hammond Player Clinic with Malc and also there will be opportunities ... Read more.

Change Of Artiste for Rye WurlitzerChange Of Artiste for Rye Wurlitzer

Wednesday 22nd April

We have just received a note to say the Wurlitzer organ concert at the Thomas Peacocke School, Rye this Sunday at 2.30pm will now be with Michael Wooldridge and not Penny Weedon.

If you are in the area, OrganFax can highly recommend a trip to hear one of Britain's oldest Wurlitzer organs. For more information, visit their website.

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