Find out the amazing story of the only remaining Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in the north east (& one of the largest in Europe). Sadly we can not show you around the impressive workings of the organ in person this year, but please READ ON!
Now restored to 'as new' condition with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, you can discover some of the magic of the Theatre Organ and how it works, look inside* the two large organ 'chambers' which contain over 1,300 organ pipes varying vastly in shape and in size (from a fraction of an inch to 16 feet long) and producing a huge variety of musical tone - plus - a whole percussion department (of real instruments played by the organ's electro-pneumatic action). Find out for yourself why the Wurlitzer really was "Mighty" in sight AND in sound: designed as a true one man orchestra in fact! The theme for Heritage Open Days this year being ‘Hidden Nature’, at first glance it may seem that organs have very little to do with nature!
Well, the connection is certainly quite well hidden, but the Wurlitzer organ factory, where our organ was manufactured exactly 90 years ago, was only a stone’s throw from one of nature's greatest wonders: Niagara Falls. The organ itself is also made almost entirely from natural materials: wood, leather and metal; the majority being wood, which is Canadian Yellow Pine from the forests near to the factory, it was processed in the factory’s own sawmill and gives a beautiful warm glow to the wood pipes and other parts of the organ and we have never found a single knot anywhere in the organ’s woodwork! The sound, too, is 100% natural, made by air passing though the organ’s pipes with no electronic amplification used at all.
Festival begins 11 September - check back to connect - www.netoa.org.uk
COVID-19 Considerations - This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.
|2020 (11 Sept 2020 - 20 Sept 2020)|
* No booking required
Map & Directions
The 'New Victoria Centre' is a former Methodist chapel on the main A689 road through the village, on the opposite side to the One Stop shop & Post Office.