Last month saw the final concert, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at the James Finegan Hall at Eston. After providing musical entertainment for 30 years at Eston, the musical marvel will be performing its final swan-song tomorrow (Sunday 22nd May). Built in 1934 for the Granada Theatre in Bedford, this historic instrument was broadcast many times by the BBC during the 1940's & 1950's.
The James Finegan Hall is to close and a new home to be found for the Wurlitzer organ within the area. Although not as famous as the Wurlitzer Organ at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, the Wurlitzer at Eston still contains the same type of organ pipes and musical instruments, all 7 tons of it, which produce its thrilling and nostalgic sound.
The organ will play its last song at a special "Farewell" Open Day tomorrow (22nd May) from 11.30am - 5.00pm. Visitors to the Open Day will be able to hear the Wurlitzer played by former Tower Ballroom Organist - Kevin Grunill and visiting guest organists. Not only will visitors be able to hear the organ but they will have the rare opportunity to see the hundreds of organ pipes on a tour of the workings of the Mighty Wurlitzer. There will also be a limited number of sessions available, where any playing visitors will be able to book the Wurlitzer to play the organ on the day themselves.
It is planned to make the day a celebration of this mighty musical masterpiece and will be of interest to all ages.
Mighty Wurlitzer Open Day
James Finegan Hall
Sunday 22nd May 11.30am - 5.00pm
Door admission £3.50
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