Singing Hills Golf Course, Hassocks – 3/23 Wurlitzer

Singing Hills Golf Course, Muddleswood Road, Albourne, Hassocks BN6 9EB


3/23 Wurlitzer

English Horn, Brass Trumpet, Tuba Horn, Style D Trumpet, Open Diapason, Tibia Clausa I, Tibia Clausa II, Clarinet, Kinura, Orchestral Oboe, Saxophone, Krumet, Gamba, Gamba Celeste, Viol D’Orchestre, Viol Celeste, Salicional, Salicional Celeste, Oboe Horn, Quintadena, Flute, Flute Celeste, Vox Humana + Upright Piano

Opus Number: Basis – 1840 plus additions

Current Transmission System: Solid State

Original UK Location: In Situ

Original UK Opening Date: 21st February 1999


c1998: Plans to drastically enlarge the existing 5 rank Wurlitzer were made. A console was custom built for the new installation by a local joiner Bob Hercock who made a replica of a Compton, which was installed with the illuminated surround and bench from the Regal Cinema in Old Kent Road. David Houlagte installed the 14 extra ranks of pipes and his own transmission system. Michael Maine drew up the stop list for the new console.

1999: On 21st February Michael Wooldridge first featured the Wurlitzer in an afternoon concert.

2000: in January Blackpool Tower Organist Phil Kelsall officially opened the Wurlitzer.

2002: Alan Baker and Michael Wooldridge moved all of the pipe chests, re-winding them in the process, and to created two new chambers, to house the various percussions. Four ranks were added; Viol D’Orchestre, Viol Celeste, Flue Celeste and a new Krumet made by Booths. A Yamaha Upright piano was also installed. Console stop list redesigned by Michael Wooldridge.

2003: Clark Wilson and John Struve carried out some tonal finishing on the Wurlitzer.

2011: Ed and Patti Zollman further improved the tonal finishing work.

Genealogy – By David Houlgate

English Horn – Wurlitzer – 16’ extension by Booth

Brass Trumpet Wurlitzer

Tuba Horn Christie

Style D Trumpet Wurlitzer (Regal Colchester)

Open Diapason Small Scale Wurlitzer

Tibia IWurlitzer (Regal Colchester)

Tibia IIChristie

Clarinet Wurlitzer


Orchestral Oboe Wurlitzer

Saxophone Wurlitzer

Krumet Wurlitzer copy by Booth

Gamba Unknown, Supplied by Bob Mayes

Gamba Celeste – Unknown, Supplied by Bob Mayes

Viole Unknown, Supplied by Bob Mayes

Viole Celeste Unknown, Supplied by Bob Mayes

Salicioanl Wurlitzer (Regal Colchester)

Salicioanl Celeste Wurlitzer

Oboe Horn Church Rank re-voiced by Booth

Quintadena Wurlitzer

Flute Wurlitzer (Regal Colchester)

Flue Celeste Wurlitzer

Vox HumanaWurlitzer (Regal Colchester)