A new Mighty Wurlitzer Organ made its first appearance on Sunday 1st November. The huge 4 manual 32 Rank East Sussex National Wurlitzer was presented in a preview concert to an invited audience of some 250 people and was given by virtuoso organists Len Rawle and Michael Wooldridge. The crowd loved the organ, which offers everything from very full and rich sounds down to the delicate voices that are just a whisper.
The organ is owned by Michael Hunt, who also owns the popular Singing Hills Wurlitzer, and is assembled from parts especially imported for the project from the USA. It is installed in a brand new, fabulous, hotel banqueting suite just south of Uckfield, Sussex, the design of which included the necessary chambers to house this wonderful organ. Some of the more special features include a set of genuine 32' long Diaphone pipes, for which a special pit was dug when the building was being constructed, plus some unusual ranks, including a Musette and French Horn.
The specification was drawn up by Clark Wilson and Michael Wooldridge with the installation masterminded by David Houlgate. Tonal finishing has been carried out by Len Rawle with Keith Bance. The trial event was largely to evaluate how the organ sounds with an audience and to take decisions of further refinements prior to an official opening sometime next year.
We wish them well with future work and look forward to the grand opening!
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