The Midlands & Wales District of the Cinema Organ Society are sorry to have to announce the sad passing of our colleague and friend, Michael Saunders. Mike has been the District Sales Officer for over 20 years. In addition, Mike was a key member of the technical team when the organ was moved to Fentham Hall; with his aerospace engineering background proving invaluable. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Ann. The funeral was on Wednesday 18th December at Redditch Crematorium.


The COS was greatly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Charlie Balogh.

For many years, Charlie was one of the resident organists at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona, USA, with its large Wurlitzer organ. A creative and innovative musician, his speciality was combining the sounds of the theatre organ with complex MIDI tracks of digital orchestral and rhythm sounds. The spectacular results caught the attention of radio presenter Chris Evans, who featured Charlie’s music and interviewed him on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, listened to by nine million people.

Charlie toured the UK on one occasion, and we remember with pleasure his performance on the Society’s Trocadero Wurlitzer, then installed at the London South Bank University.

We send our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and friends.

A tribute from Organ Stop Pizza can be seen Here, (scroll down the page)


From our Facebook Page

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The Cinema Organ SocietyWednesday, December 25th, 2019 at 8:30am
🎄 From all at the Cinema Organ Society, we wish you a very happy Christmas!

We hope you've enjoyed our 'virtual advent calendar' for the past 24 days and thanks once again to all who contributed. Special thanks to Damon Cox, Aaron Hawthorne and the COS archivist who made most of these posts possible, Nigel Laflin.

We don't intend on stopping with the "throwbacks" so do stick around to see what we post each week in the new year!
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The Cinema Organ SocietyTuesday, December 24th, 2019 at 8:30am
🎄It’s Day 24 of the COS Advent Calendar!

We thought we’d give you something to enjoy, perhaps by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate in hand tonight: here’s a clip from a broadcast made by Reginald Dixon at the Wurlitzer of the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, on 23/12/58. Enjoy some pictures of Mr Dixon’s appearances at various organs too!

[Damon Cox Archive]
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The Cinema Organ Society
The Cinema Organ SocietyMonday, December 23rd, 2019 at 8:30am
🎄It's Day 23 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Michael Wooldridge Musician was kind enough to wish us a "merry little Christmas" from the impressive 4/32 Wurlitzer organ of the East Sussex National Golf Resort!
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The Cinema Organ Society
The Cinema Organ SocietySunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 9:28am
🎄It's Day 22 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Here's another greeting from The Saltaire Wurlitzer, this time by veteran of the cinema organ world, David Lowe! While we've had "White Christmas" a few times now, it has been great to hear so many different arrangements - the beauty of playing these instruments!
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The Cinema Organ Society
The Cinema Organ SocietyMonday, December 23rd, 2019 at 10:39pm
🎄It's Day 22 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Here's another greeting from The Saltaire Wurlitzer, this time by veteran of the cinema organ world, David Lowe! While we've had "White Christmas" a few times now, it has been great to hear so many different arrangements - the beauty of playing these instruments!
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The Cinema Organ Society
The Cinema Organ SocietySaturday, December 21st, 2019 at 2:28am
🎄It's Day 21 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Here's one from the archives, and it's definitely a case of "if only photos could talk!" Pictured here are pioneer theatre organist, Quentin Maclean; world renowned composer, Eric Coates; and popular organist, Bobby Pagan. They're standing backstage at the Troxy Theatre in Stepney, London, 1935.

[Photographer unknown - E.C Buckland Archive]