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Berlin Melody.

Heino Gaze (1908 - 1967) was a German composer and lyricist. The son of a lawyer he studied law in the 1920's/1930's and, following graduation, subsidised his income by playing piano in bars. After the war he moved to Berlin and in 1945 took over as musical director in Berlin cabaret clubs. He also worked as house composer in some of these by writing Revues. Since then he worked as a freelance composer/arranger, and wrote much music for films.hit. His popularity owes his many hit tunes, which he composed and arranged. In addition, he has numerous films for the music written, in addition, many of his hits sung in other films.

Jean Martyn plays the OLDEST Wurlitzer in UK!

During the 2008 February Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience Weekend an informal visit was made to the nearby village of Beer, Devon on 9th February to see and hear the oldest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the UK installed at the Beer Congregational Church. The organ was played by Elizabeth Harrison, Chris Powell, Matthew Bason, Ian Griffin and Jean Martyn who said she was particularly pleased to play the instrument that was previously installed at the Picture House at Walsall - the town where she went to school. The players, and guests who went along with them, were made very welcome by the Church officials who provided tea and biscuits in the adjoining vestry.



Gaumont British Children's Club March (Con Docherty)

The South Western district of the Theatre Organ Society held a meeting here on Saturday 17th May; and what better way for it to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Theatre Organ Club? A fitting finale to the afternoon was provided by the one-and-only Trevor Bolshaw who was certain to be the only person present who had heard the instrument in all three of its homes. He began with the first tune he’d ever heard played on it –- as a nine-year-old at the then Gaumont, Walsall – the Gaumont British Children’s Club March. Many remember Con Docherty’s composition with affection, and it was nice to hear someone in the audience singing “We come along on Saturday morning…..!” Continuing with a programme of interesting light music, Trevor concluded the afternoon with a selection from Showboat showing just how much variety of registration it’s possible to draw from such a comparatively small instrument.

Showboat Medley (Jerome Kern)

The South Western district of the Theatre Organ Society held a meeting here on Saturday 17th May; and what better way for it to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Theatre Organ Club? A fitting finale to the afternoon was provided by the one-and-only Trevor Bolshaw who was certain to be the only person present who had heard the instrument in all three of its homes. He began with the first tune he’d ever heard played on it –- as a nine-year-old at the then Gaumont, Walsall – the Gaumont British Children’s Club March. Many remember Con Docherty’s composition with affection, and it was nice to hear someone in the audience singing “We come along on Saturday morning…..!” Continuing with a programme of interesting light music, Trevor concluded the afternoon with a selection from Showboat showing just how much variety of registration it’s possible to draw from such a comparatively small instrument.
(Apologies for the shaky camera on this one!)



Wurly Workings!

On Saturday 19th July 2008 Paul Corin, who owns the Magnificent Music Machines museum in Liskeard, made a visit at our request to inspect the inner workings of the organ.
The visit was to enable him to provide his appraisal of the instrument, and also so that he could provide a quotation for the work necessary to restore the organ to its former glory.
This video was made on the same date for the benefit of anyone who might either be just interested, or who might want to become involved with the restoration project.

Home produced DVD's (Worldwide Zones) of this video are now available for £6 (GBP) including postage, with all proceeds going to the organ restoration fund.
If anybody wants one please Contact Us for more details.

More videos of the organ are available here.
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