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 arrangements are – Wednesday 18th December 2pm 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 Charlieโ€™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 Societyโ€™s Trocadero Wurlitzer, then installed at the London South Bank University.

We send our deepest condolences to Charlieโ€™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 SocietyThursday, December 12th, 2019 at 11:05am
๐ŸŽ„It's Day 12 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Yesterday, we featured a photo of Florence De Jong at the Wurlitzer of the New Gallery, Regent Street. As an extra-special treat, Peter Hammond and COS Archivist, Nigel Laflin were kind enough to record this short but sweet clip of the organ as it is today - a rare sight and sound!
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The Cinema Organ Society
The Cinema Organ SocietyWednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 8:30am
๐ŸŽ„ Itโ€™s Day 11 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Another from our archives: Florence De Jong (sister of Ena Baga) at the Wurlitzer of the New Gallery, Regent Street, c1970s. We may have a special treat for you featuring this very instrument tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

[J.D Sharp - Foskett/Roberts Archive]
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The Cinema Organ SocietyTuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 8:48am
๐ŸŽ„It's Day 10 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Today, it's an audio clip from the archives! Enjoy this festive recording of Sidney Torch at the Christie organ of the Regal, Marble Arch. Listen out for the iconic carillon!

[From Wayne Ivany Transfers]
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The Cinema Organ SocietyMonday, December 9th, 2019 at 8:30am
๐ŸŽ„ Itโ€™s Day 9 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Another photo weโ€™ve dug out from the archives! This is an interior shot of the Astoria, Finsbury Park, featuring the brightly lit Compton. There seems to be a ghostly organist sat on the bench!

[J.D Sharp - Foskett/Roberts Archive]
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The Cinema Organ SocietySunday, December 8th, 2019 at 8:30am
๐ŸŽ„It's Day 8 of the COS Advent Calendar!

It's another archive photo! Here we have Joseph Seal at the Ritz, Belfast Compton, c1950s.

[Unknown - Foskett/Roberts Archive]
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The Cinema Organ SocietySaturday, December 7th, 2019 at 8:30am
๐ŸŽ„ It's Day 7 of the COS Advent Calendar!

Here's a photo from our archives that you might not have seen! Many will recognise that it's Reginald Dixon and he's signing records at Buckingham Town Hall, c1963.

[J.D Sharp - E.C Buckland Archive]