Town Hall, Stockport

Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3XE

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4/20 Wurlitzer

Tuba Mirabilis, English Horn, Trumpet, Tuba Horn, Diaphonic Diapason, Tibia Clausa I, Tibia Clausa II, Orchestral Oboe, Oboe Horn, Kinura, Clarinet, Saxophone, Solo String I, Solo String II, Viol d’Orchestre, Viol Celeste, Quintadena, Flute, Vox Humana, Dulciana + Upright Piano

Opus Number: 2120

Model: Publix 1

Current Transmission System: Uniflex

Original Location: Paramount/Odeon Manchester

Original Opening Date: 6th October 1930


1930: On the 6th October the Paramount Opened with Charles Smart at the Wurlitzer.

1940: The theatre was re-named Odeon.

1947: The Solo Vox Humana was removed and replaced with a Rodgers English Horn.

1968: The first public organ concert was hosted by the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust (LTOT)

1973: On the 8th July the Wurlitzer played its last concert before the theatre was to be twinned.

1973-1977: The Removal of the Wurlitzer by the LTOT and the re-installation in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. This involved the construction of organ chambers at the Hall.

1977: On the 11th September the Wurlitzer opened at the Free Trade hall with a concert given by Nigel Ogden, William Davies and Robin Richmond (Ernest Broadbent was due, but pulled out due to ill health)

1995: On the 24th September the last concert was played at the Free Trade Hall with Nigel Ogden, Phil Kelsall and Simon Gledhill at the console.

1995-1999: The Wurlitzer was moved from the Free Trade Hall and Installed in Stcokport’s Town Hall. During this time the original Wurlitzer relays were removed and Uniflex was installed. The British made English Horn Rank was sold and replaced with a Wurlitzer copy to the exact design of the Gaumont Manchester English Horn – Booths carried out this work.