WELCOME to the NETOA

Welcome to the our website.  We hope that the Art Deco styling of the site will set the scene for you to enjoy finding out about one of the ‘centre-pieces’ of the golden age of Britain’s ‘super-cinemas’ (which ran roughly from the mid-1920s to the outbreak of World War 2): the mighty ‘cinema’ or ‘theatre’ organ.

On behalf of the Trustees and Friends of the North East Theatre Organ Association, we hope that you will be encouraged to pay us a visit in person, when this becomes possible once again, to see and hear the only Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in the north east of England – prepare to be surprised and – we hope – delighted!

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Latest  News:

The response to our online Christmas Concert with HOWARD BEAUMONT (which you can still see on our facebook page) was most gratifying and whilst it will still be some while before we are ready to admit audiences to the New Victoria Centre, we will be starting our musical offerings for 2021 in a similar ‘online’ manner shortly after Easter (see below).

You may be interested to know that the Royal College of Organists will be presenting International Organ Day and Organ Week from the 18th to 24th April and we suggest that you look out for Richard Hills’ presentation on theatre organs on Tuesday 20th April.

 

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On Sunday 18th April we present AARON HAWTHONE playing the New Victoria Wurlitzer for a live online concert, at 2.30

We are pleased to welcome back Aaron to play for you once again (he has previously participated in several of our Young Organists Showcase concerts).  Having completed his music degree at the University of Glasgow in 2019, he is gaining experience in many different musical fields and was appointed the first Organ Scholar of Glasgow Cathedral in September 2020 a well as being Principal Organist of St. Bride’s RC Church, Cambuslang for the last 5 years.  Aaron is also adding practical knowledge of organs to his CV as he regularly assists in the tuning of organs in central Scotland for the famous Durham organ builders Harrison and Harrison and he was honoured by the American Theatre Organ Society when he won the International Young Theatre Organist of the Year Award 2019 and the Cinema Organ Society in the UK awarded him the Ian Sutherland Memorial Award in the same year.

Follow this link to go to the Concert Page (and don’t forget to turn the sound on! – click on the speaker symbol if it shows an ‘x’ + click on the ‘full screen’ symbol at the bottom right of the picture to get the best view).  We hope you enjoy it!

If you would care to make a donation towards the cost of running this concert, you may donate any amount via our ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ page (with or without the application of Gift Aid)

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The New Victoria Bradford was 90 years old on 22nd September 2020: 

The BRADFORD LIVE project to regenerate to former New Vic building is continuing and you will find links to several interesting videos on our LINKS page, including one by Mark Nicholson about the opening of the cinema in 1930.

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Heritage Open Days:

.Normally we love to welcome visitors as part of the national Heritage Open Days week so that visitors can find out more about the NETOA Wurlitzer organ.  The Covid 19 restrictions made this impossible in 2020, so we went ‘virtual’ instead!  We have kept the videos running on our LINKS page for anyone who missed them over the actual festival and you can click on the following links to find more information on our ORGAN,  HISTORY and REVIEWS pages + you can enjoy our Wurlitzer at home on CDs available from our SALES page. 

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Shop and ‘SMILE’:

With AMAZON ‘Smile’ you can shop conveniently online and help NETOA funds at the same tine!  Whenever you shop with Amazon if you use the ‘Smile’ link, as we are a Registered Charity, they will donate a small amount from your purchase price  to NETOA funds.

It doesn’t cost you any more and is a great way to help our funds whilst you shop, but without any effort at all, except remembering to ‘SMILE’!  Just use this convenient button to go straight to the Smile site and we will be smiling along with you!

How to Keep Up-to-date:

The latest issue of our newsletter ‘Pipetalk’ has much more NETOA news and once again we would like to thank Barry and Rosilyn Raine, David and Suzanne Kirkbride and everyone who has worked extra-hard to get this out under the current difficult circumstances.  If you want to receive your own copy and keep up to date with everything that is going on, why not Become a ‘Friend’ of the NETOA?

For detailed national and international theatre organ news, the Theatre Organ Club and / or the Cinema Organ Society are the two main national bodies concerned with theatre organ history and preservation.

As well as here on the website, you will also find our concerts listed on www.organrecitals.com (which features lots of organ and concert / recital related information, both theatre and classical), as well as on www.organfax.co.uk (where you can find information about theatre and electronic organ events all over the UK).  The Theatre Organ Venue & Events Guide – North of England Edition lists most of the major venues offering theatre organ concerts in the North and copies are widely available (it is hoped to make this a national publication this year).

 

Covid 19 Coronavirus:

You will find the latest Government advice and lots of other useful information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. 

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Do You Want to Help Our Award-Winning Charity?

In June 2016 NETOA was honoured to be 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!

All of the work involved in running the NETOA is done by a dedicated team of volunteers and you can help in a number of ways: By just buying a ticket & coming along to Concerts and Events!; By ‘lending a hand’ with some of the many tasks that need doing to keep things going; By making a Donation through our ‘Sponsor-a-Pipe’ scheme (see below).

The ‘Sponsor-a-Pipe Appeal’ is a special way that you can contribute to the upkeep of the New Victoria Wurlitzer organ by ‘sponsoring’ one of the 1,375 organ pipes in our ‘mighty’ instrument!   Your name (or that of someone you wish to be remembered) will then be added into one of the decorative ‘organ pipes’ in the New Victoria Centre Tea Room along with all of the other ‘sponsors’ – for more details click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph to go to the sponsor-a-pipe page.

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 (and has paid sufficient tax) will use the Gift Aid button when joining / renewing as a member of the Friends, or making a Sponsor a Pipe donation.  Thank you!

History of the ‘New Vic’ Wurlitzer Organ

People of all ages are fascinated to find out about 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.  You can find a brief history of the NETOA and our Wurlitzer organ on the History page and you can also see the current Specification of the organ.  A fully detailed history of the organ and its various homes, together with information on how the specification has been altered over the years, so that it is now one of the largest Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs in Europe, is contained in our Souvenir Brochure which can be ordered from our online store.

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Just Some of the Things We Do . . .

As well as our regular concert series where you can see and hear played by top-ranking professional players, we also participate in the national Heritage Open Days Weekend in September, an informal day when 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 and talk to the people behind the installation and maintenance of the organ!

Group Visits & Friends of NETOA

We are happy to arrange private visits for local groups, schools and organisations who wish to find out more about the Wurlitzer. Please contact John Heslop for more details: john.heslop@netoa.org.uk

We also have regular private practice sessions, when members of the ‘Friends of the NETOA’ can play the organ themselves.

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.

 

Visit the Mighty Wurlitzer Cinema / Theatre Organ. Organise a Group Visit, Friends of NETOA Practice Sessions. Book Concert Ticket & Sponsor a Pipe. Great Visitor Attraction for Durham, Crook, Bishop Auckland & the North East. NETOA 50th Anniversary. New Victoria 90 Years.  Music for All. Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Online Theatre Organ Concerts.