CD Duration: 75.15 / Year: 2013
Tracks from Five cinema organs; Sandford Park, BBC Theatre Organ, Dormston House, Blackpool Tower and The Cecil Cinema, Hull. The material is taken from broadcasts and deleted recordings.
SANDFORD PARK CHRISTIE:
The Great Little Army (March)
Chopin Nocturne Op.9
Deanna Durbin Medley: When April Sings / Beneath the Lights of Home / My Own / Waltzing in the Clouds
BBC THEATRE ORGAN:
The Lonely Shepherd
More Than You Know
Twenties Medley: Honeysuckle Rose / Sweet Georgia Brown / Tiger Rag
DORMSTON HOUSE WURLITZER, SEDGLEY:
The Carousel Waltz
Poet and Peasant
BLACKPOOL TOWER WURLITZER:
In the News (March)
Fly Home Little Heart
Love Changes Everything
Phantom of the Opera
St. Bernards Waltz
Boston Two Step
CECIL CINEMA, HULL:
Body and Soul
The Lost Chord
Modified notes from the CD inlay:
THE CHRISTIE ORGAN AT SANDFORD PARK:
This organ was installed in the Regent Cinema, Poole in 1931 and relocated to the Antelope Hotel, Poole, where it was later moved again, re-opening at Sanford Park in 1982. I became resident organist there in 1983 and stayed for twelve happy years. The owner of the park, my boss and friend Peter Denison, is a most respected and Christian man, who spent many thousands of pounds modifying the Christie from a small organ to a larger more colourful one. At the time of recording the Christie had fifteen ranks of pipes.
1) When the Denison’s retired, the park was sold and the organ was removed again, it was at this time I left.
2) A much reduced specification of the Sandford Christie is now in the Curzon Cinema, Clevedon.
3) My full CD of the Sandford Park Christie (Sharp’s The Word – OS203) and the Blackpool Tower (From The Tower – OS209) are still available on this site.
THE BBC THEATRE ORGAN:
This 3-manual 13-rank organ plus piano was relocated from the Palace Ballroom, Blackpool to the Playhouse Theatre, BBC Studios, Manchester. The recordings here are from a one-off BBC broadcast from the early 1980s. Sadly the organ was sold and some of the pipes went to the Worthing Wurlitzer.
THE DORMSTON HOUSE WURLITZER, SEDGLEY:
The organ is of 1930 vintage and was purchased by Alan Hicking from The Gaumont Cinema, Leicester and installed in the one-hundred seater music room at his Georgian listed Dormston House in 1957. The organ had ten ranks of pipes, plus an upright piano. It remained here for twenty years. During that time, I did around one-hundred concerts, several BBC broadcasts and an LP on the Grosvenor Label. When my friend Alan passed on, the organ went to the Isle of Man and was beautifully rebuilt by Len Rawle. Ironically, I now live in one of the new private flats where the music room and Wurlitzer used to be.
THE BLACKPOOL TOWER WURLITZER:
This organ is the most well-known in the UK. It is a three manual with fourteen ranks of pipes, but sounds much bigger due to the wonderful acoustics in the magnificent Tower Ballroom.
THE CECIL CINEMA, HULL:
This unique instrument was a three manual with fifteen ranks of pipes, it was a one-off cinema organ made by the organ builders Marshall Sykes. These tracks were recorded for me by a mobile unit from the Keith Herd Studio in Hull on March 13th, 1988. The organ was removed and never reassembled. I believe Steve Tovey of The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton has some of the parts in store?