Singing Hills Golf Course, Hassocks – 3/23 Wurlitzer
Singing Hills Golf Course, Muddleswood Road, Albourne, Hassocks BN6 9EB
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 I – Wurlitzer (Regal Colchester)
Tibia II – Christie
Clarinet – Wurlitzer
Kinura – Morton
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 Humana – Wurlitzer (Regal Colchester)