Club News

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2018's Patron, Cameron Lloyd will be playing the Wurlitzer as the audiences arrive at Blackpool Opera House on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March for the 2018 Blackpool Winter Gardens Film Festival.
Friday: I'm No Angel (1933) film starts at 2.00pm and The Opening Night Party: Some Like it Hot (1959) film starts at 6.45pm
Saturday: Casablanca (1942) film starts at 3.00pm and Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928) film starts at 5.00pm.

It was nice to catch up with TOC President, Phil Kelsall, on February 11th at Louth Town Hall when he played his 40th consecutive concert on the Compton. To mark the event, John Askwith presented Phil with a commemorative plaque. It was also gratifying to see around 180 in the audience - a pity there was no one from the BBC to take note…


Don't forget that Phil will be playing for the Club at the home of Barry Earl on Saturday March 24th at 2:00pm. There are still a few tickets left, so book your place now via Barry at: 19 Stoke Road, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 2SW. Phone: 01525 381091 or (mobile) 07919 276859 or email:


Odeon Weston-super-Mare:
We are pleased to have finalized two more dates for events at the Odeon in 2018. The first is Sunday May 6th at 2:00pm when we present Len Rawle and Andy Quin in concert. We have chosen this date as it is a Bank Holiday weekend.
The Odeon is at: The Centre, Walliscote Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1UR, just a stone's throw from the Railway Station. Tickets at the door or in advance from the Odeon Weston-super-Mare website,so please come and support us, bring friends and spread the word.
Our second confirmed date is Sunday September 30th at 2:00pm when the ever popular Michael Wooldridge will be at the console, long before the clocks go back, so evenings will still be light.  Put both dates in your diaries now. 

2018 will see the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Theatre Organ Club. It is also the 50th anniversary of The Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust. To mark these two very special occasions, a joint 'Celebratory Weekend' has been arranged in July 2018. Details are on this flyer.

The cost of the weekend, excluding accommodation, has been heavily sponsored for those wishing to attend, as a thank you for your support of both organisations over the years.
 Much has changed over those years, but what is still apparent, is the continued enthusiasm to support the efforts of the TOC, the LTOT and other societies, individuals and organisations in preserving the heritage of the theatre organ. 
We have a great line-up of organists to present to you, chosen by the TOC and LTOT, including some who started their career as a result of the support of both organisations many years ago, and those who have made their mark quite recently. 
Full details and booking form are available as a download on the LTOT website

Older News 

Following the death of Michael Candy and a recent bequest from a member, who requested that the legacy be used to further preserve organs in the UK, the Club has purchased Mike's historic Style F Wurlitzer, which is believed to be the last surviving original Style F in the country.
The organ has been safely removed (with both your Newsletter Editor and Southern District Secretary lending a hand) and will be installed at Paul Kirner's Music Palace. The team there, which has recently done such a good job in restoring the former Regal Edmonton Christie, will restore and install the Wurlitzer. It will remain on permanent loan and will be available for Club meetings (as will the other organs installed at the Music Palace) when restoration work is completed.
Paul Kirner's Music Palace has formed itself into a trust, it owns the building and the Club is aware that the Trustees and team at the Music Palace are keen for all their organs to remain in as original condition as possible, therefore this harmonious partnership will ensure our organ's future as the last working example of an original Style F Wurlitzer.

After Byron Jones' concert at Weston-super-Mare Odeon on November 13th, the West of England Theatre Organ Society is to be disbanded.
It has been agreed with the Society that the Club will finance at least two events at the Odeon per year from 2017. The Club is still in discussion with WETOS and Odeon as to when these events will be, but the Club is delighted to be associated with this historic Compton organ.
The organ will continue to be looked after by Ben Snowdon and his team, which has done such a splendid job in recent years.
The Club also welcomes former WETOS members who have now joined us.
Photo courtesy of Peter Young