The Mighty Wurlitzer
In 1930 the sister theatre of the Troxy, the Trocadero cinema Elephant and Castle, opened. Of similar size to the Troxy, it was provided with the largest Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in Europe. More than twice the size of the Wurlitzer once installed at the Troxy, the instrument was renowned nationally for its excellent tonal quality.
The organ was purchased by The Cinema Organ Society for preservation in 1960 and the Trocadero demolished in 1963. Eventually, the renovated instrument was installed in the Edric Hall of the London South Bank University, where until 2004 it continued its reputation as a first class musical instrument.
The installation of this organ in the Troxy is a unique opportunity for it to be heard once again in a building for which it was designed and restores a feature of the Troxy.
Located on each side of the proscenium arch behind the ornamental grilles, four organ chambers house the 1,728 pipes, which range in size from 16 feet to 1 inch, together with effects including drums, cymbals, xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba and piano, all of which are the real thing! The organ console, where the organist sits to play the instrument, has four keyboards, a pedal board and 241 stop-keys which control the pipes and other effects. The console can be moved to a suitable performance position in the lower Grand Hall.
Work is underway to restore and install the organ and the Wurlitzer should be playing by late 2013.
For more details visit: www.trocadero-wurlitzer.org