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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 www.ltot.org.uk
 
Odeon Weston-super-Mare:
We are pleased to have finalized two dates for events at the Odeon. The first is Sunday May 7th at 2:00pm when master entertainer and Vice President, John Mann, will be 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 on 0333 014 4501.
This is our first event at Weston-super-Mare and we need to show Odeon management that we are as dedicated to the presentation of this historic Compton organ as they are to film, so please come and support us, bring friends and spread the word.
Our second confirmed date is Sunday October 8th, a week before the clocks go back, so evenings will still be light. We will be presenting two contrasting organists in Stephen Austin and Cameron Lloyd. Put both dates in your diaries now.

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