Compton Organ Shows - Autumn/Winter 2023

News 11 August 2023
Compton Organ Concerts

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A host of talented organists and pianists are ready to entertain this autumn/winter!

Installed in 1929 for the opening of The Pavilion, the prestigious Compton Organ has been at the heart of the theatre for nearly 100 years. Experience the sounds of the Compton Organ this autumn/winter, with Bournemouth Pavilion's season of organ concerts, set to start on Thursday 31 August and run through to December. A number of talented organists will take to the stage at 1pm to entertain guests with an hour of popular light organ music.

Regarded, back in the day, by the residents of Bournemouth as the most exciting concept in indoor entertainment, the Compton Organ continues to bring much pleasure and entertainment to the many who come to the shows.

Bournemouth Pavilion is managed by registered charity BH Live in partnership with BCP Council. On behalf of BH Live, Steve Turner, Associate Director of Venues said: “The Compton Organ shows first took place in 1985 and have continued to be hugely popular amongst guests. We hope everyone enjoys the music programme and fantastic array of hugely talented organists who can join us this year.”

‘Light in style’, music will be from the 1950s to the present day, including popular tunes from past eras, music from the musicals and the occasional light classical march.

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, BCP Council’s Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places added: “It’s wonderful that the theatre and BH Live are still able to offer these unique concerts to visitors, connecting with its wonderfully rich musical history.”

Money raised from the shows will contribute to the ongoing financial support and maintenance of the theatre’s Compton Organ. Please note, this is a walk-in concert, tickets are £5 on the door, cash only with no advance bookings available.

Upcoming performances - from 1pm

Thursday 31 August 2023: Byron Jones

Thursday 7 September 2023: Cameron Lloyd

Thursday 14 September 2023: David Ivory

Thursday 12 October 2023: Michael Wooldridge

Thursday 9 November 2023: Andrew Nix

Christmas 2023

Get into the festive spirit this December with the return of the Christmas Cracker Carol Concert on Monday 18 December 2023. This special Christmas concert starts at 2:30pm and is FREE to attend.

The Christmas Cracker Carol Concert is set to include Michael Wooldridge (Organ) and Ian Carter (Piano), with Big Little Theatre School (Senior Choir), Christian Knighton (MC) and more to be announced.

For more information visit The Compton Organ - Bournemouth Pavilion on Facebook.

Correct at the time of issue concerts are subject to change/ cancellation.