THE BEER WURLITZER - BRITAIN'S OLDEST WURLITZER THEATRE ORGAN
The Beer Wurlitzer was the first Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ to open in the United Kingdom. It was dispatched from the factory in North Tonawanda, USA, on the 1st December 1924. It was originally installed at The Picture House (later Gaumont, then Odeon) in Walsall, Staffordshire. Here the organ opened on the 26th January 1925.
The organ was removed from the cinema in 1955 and then spent two years at a private house in Sedgley. The Wurlitzer has been located at The Congregational Church in the picturesque fishing village of Beer since 1957.
Friends of Beer Wurlitzer was founded in September 2009 to raise funds to refurbish and improve the instrument. Since then, we have raised (and spent) thousands upon thousands of pounds on repairs and improvements.
On average we host eight fund-raising shows each year, engaging the top professional organists from all round the country. Many of them travel several hundred miles to be with us.
Why not take the opportunity to spend an afternoon out once a month, with like-minded people, listening to a great variety of music in lovely surroundings. Our shows start at 2.00pm and admission also includes interval refreshments.
Members of Friends of Beer Wurlitzer benefit from discounted admission to shows and an exclusive quarterly member's newsletter. So why not also become a "friend" of Britain's oldest Wurlitzer and help keep this historic instrument alive.
We look forward to welcoming you, and seeing you at one of our shows soon.
All shows are held at: The Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, East Devon, EX12 3JQ - home to Beer's mighty Wurlitzer!
For more details about our shows or the history of the Wurlitzer, please visit our website: www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk and don't forget to also visit us on Facebook for all the latest news: www.facebook.com/beerwurlitzer
|March 11th||Chris Powell|
|March 11th||Joanne Powell nee Naulls|
|April 8th||Matthew Bason|
|May 13th||Byron Jones B.E.M|
|July 8th||Kevin Morgan|
|August 12th||Stephen Austin|
|September 9th||Michael Wooldridge|
|October 14th||Cameron Lloyd|
|November 11th||Damon Willetts|
|December 9th||David Ivory|
|March 9th||Michael Carter|
|July 13th||Andrew Nix|
|October 12th||Elizabeth Harrison|
|November 9th||Andy Quin|