WELCOME to the NETOA

Welcome to our new website, and we trust that the Art Deco styling of the site will set the scene for you to enjoy finding out about the North East Theatre Organ Association. We also hope you will be encouraged to pay us a visit in person to see and hear the only Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in the north east of England.

Wurlitzer Organ History

You can find a brief history of the NETOA and our Wurlitzer organ on the History page and also the current Specification of the organ. A fully detailed history of the organ is in our Souvenir Brochure which can be ordered from our online store.

Book Concert Tickets & Order CDs Online

Via our website you can:

  • Buy tickets for forthcoming concerts
  • Order CDs, Brochures and other items through the NETOA online store
  • Join the ‘Friends of the NETOA’ and renew your membership subscription
  • Assist with our fundraising through the ‘Sponsor a Pipe Appeal’

Public Concerts and Heritage Open Days Weekend

We have a regular concert series where you can see and hear one of the largest theatre pipe organs in Europe, we also participate in the national Heritage Open Days Weekend in September. Everyone is welcome to come along and look around (both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes) to find out what a ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer is all about!

People of all ages are fascinated by the theatre organ, its history, its music, its technology and the way in which it played a major role in the social history of the mid twentieth century.

Wurlitzer Inlaid Console NameplateGroup Visits & Friends of NETOA

We arrange private visits by local groups, schools and organisations who wish to find out more. We also have regular private practice sessions for members of the ‘Friends of the NETOA’.

We particularly encourage young musicians who are interested in learning to play the theatre organ as well as anyone who is interested in finding out about the technical aspects of this most complex of musical instruments.

Queens Award

In June 2016 NETOA was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This is the ‘MBE for volunteer groups’ and we believe that it is the first such award given to a group involved in theatre organ preservation. We would like to dedicate this award to all of the volunteers who have helped, over many years and in so many different ways, to make our project a success!

We are a Registered Charity

As a Registered Charity, the NETOA can claim ‘Gift Aid’ on certain donations (including membership subscriptions, donations under the Sponsor a Pipe Appeal, etc.), whereby HMRC add 25p extra in every Pound to the amount given to us. We are most grateful if anyone who is a taxpayer will check the Gift Aid box when joining / renewing as a member of the Friends, or making a Sponsor a Pipe donation. Thank you!

Visit the Mighty Wurlitzer Cinema / Theatre Organ. Organise a Group Visit, Friends of NETOA Practise Sessions. Book Concert Ticket & Sponsor a Pipe. Great Visitor Attraction for Durham, Bishop Auckland & the North East.