United Reformed Church, Ipswich
United Reformed Church, Dryden Road, Castle Hill, Ipswich, IP1 6QF
French Trumpet, Tuba Horn, Open Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Clarinet, Kinura, Viole d’Orchestre, Muted Strings (II Ranks), Flute, Vox Humana
Job Number: 2956
Current Transmission System: Solid State Organ Systems
Original Location: Century/Essoldo Cinema, Clacton-On-Sea
Original Opening Date: 25th July 1936
1936: On the 25th July the Century Cinema, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex opened with Frank Matthew at the console.
1946: The Cinema was re-named Essoldo.
1967: The Christie was purchased by the Ipswich Light Organ Music Society with a view to installing it in Ipswich Town Hall. However that plan fell through and it eventually arrived at Castle Hill United Reformed Church.
1971: On the 21st November the Christie was officially opened at the church by Len Rawle & John Mann.
c1990’s: The Christie had a Compton Clarinet (Replacing the synthetic oboe), a String Celeste and a 16ft Diaphone extension. The Relays were removed and solid-state system installed.
c2009: The Compton Clarinet and String Celeste were removed. The Compton Clarinet was replaced by a genuine Christie Clarinet and the String Celeste were replaced by a pair of Muted Strings (both originally from the Adelphi Cinema, Slough). The Synthetic Saxophone was replaced with a Kinura (actually a modified Compton Vox Humana). Along with the pipework from Slough were the Granada Style ends which are removed from the console at the concerts.
French Trumpet – Century Cinema, Clacton
Tuba Horn – Century Cinema, Clacton
Open Diapason – Century Cinema, Clacton
Tibia Clausa – Century Cinema, Clacton
Clarinet – Adelphi Cinema, Slough
Kinura – modified Compton Vox Humana – Source Unknown
Viole d’Orchestre – Century Cinema, Clacton
Muted Strings II Rank – Adelphi Cinema, Slough
Flute – Century Cinema, Clacton
Vox Humana – Century Cinema, Clacton