The newly-opened theatre organ heritage centre is the latest venture by the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust and has been kindly supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, The ASDA Foundation and numerous other funding activities, with work being carried out by the Trust's volunteers.
A special weekend of events will take place this coming Saturday and Sunday, the 13th & 14th August 2016.
On Saturday 13th August, commencing at 2.30pm, the Astoria Centre's 1934 Compton Cinema Pipe Organ will be put through its paces by London-based organist, Mark Laflin. Mark is one of the UK's brightest theatre organ talents and will feature a varied selection of popular favourites in his programme, including music from stage and screen, all showcasing the magnificent sound of the Mighty Compton Organ. "I've been looking forward to playing at this new venue and featuring the Compton Organ" .... "Earlier in the year, I called into the Astoria Centre to preview the Compton and I just couldn't believe what a magnificent, thrilling sound it produced....... I just know that I couldn't wait to play it in concert", said Mark.
On Sunday 14th August from 12.30pm - 4.30pm, there will be an informal Open Day at the Astoria Centre, where visitors will be able to take a closer look at the thousands of pipes and other instruments that produce the mighty sound of the Compton Organ. The Compton will be played by former Blackpool Tower and Barnsley-born organist - Kevin Grunill throughout the course of the afternoon, so that visitors can hear the Compton in full song.
FREE Car Parking is available at both events and there will be a selection of refreshments, including cakes, scones & sandwiches available over the weekend.
For further information please call 07944 566972.
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