First theatre organ for China

Gulangyu Organ Museum, Xiamen, China

Due to the pending sale of the ìBrightwellî property in Heathcote, Victoria the resident Wurlitzer theatre organ has been purchased for the Gulangyu Organ Museum in Xiamen, China. On 20th October, the final concert was given by USA organist Martin Ellis. The dismantling and packing of the organ commenced the following day.

The 1928 ëHí model Wurlitzer was built for the Kings Cross Theatre, Darlinghurst, Sydney and subsequently located in the Savoy Theatre, Hurstville, Sydney and Burwood Congregational Church, Sydney. In 2003 it was refurbished and reconfigured by our firm for installation in the residence of Mr Howard Terrill in Heathcote. With the addition of two ranks (Vox Humana and Trumpet) the organ consists of 12 ranks, piano, 5 tuned percussions (Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Chrysoglott, Sleigh Bells) and traps (special effects) over 2 manuals and pedal.

Installation in China is expected to be completed in late 2011.

Photo of the console of the 1928 'H' model Wurlitzer to be installed in the Gulangyu Organ Museum, Xiamen, China
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