The King of Instruments
Theatre organists Donald MacKenzie, Richard Hills and Phil Kelsall perform some of their favourite light music and talk about their instrument's place in the nation's heart.
Theatre organists Donald MacKenzie, Richard Hills, and Phil Kelsall play some of their favourite light music compositions, each on an iconic instrument: Donald MacKenzie on the Compton organ at the Odeon, Leicester Square; Richard Hills on the Wurlitzer at the Worthing Assembly Hall, and Phil Kelsall on the famous Wurlitzer in the ballroom of Blackpool Tower.
They trace their instruments' history, and the impact the theatre organ had on the nation's musical heart. Roger Fisher, from the Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, joins in to describe the history and development of the instrument, and walks us through the Robert Hope-Jones Museum, the designer of the original "unit orchestra", the forerunner of the theatre organ.