Preparations are in well underway for the third annual series of free lunchtime concerts featuring the unique sound of the Mighty Wurlitzer in the Villa Marina Arcade, complete with its famous tuned sleighbells.
“Winter Wurlitzer Wednesdays” begins on Wednesday 28 November with a concert by John Riley at 1pm.
The series follows the now familiar pattern of lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays at 1pm with free admission and a retiring collection for a Manx charity chosen by the performers. The concerts continue every Wednesday until 19 December and will involve organists and other musicians from different parts of the Island.
This year’s summer series of ten such concerts raised a total of £1385 for a range of good causes.
The Wurlitzer Company made about 2,200 of its famous theatre organs between about 1915 and 1940. Of these around 100 ended up in the British Isles, and of these around 50 survive to this day, giving the Isle of Man a higher concentration of Wurlitzers per capita than any of the neighbouring jurisdictions.
The Isle of Man Wurlitzer was built in 1929. It came to the Isle of Man in 1989 and was fully restored in 2009.
The full series list is as follows.
- 28 November – John Riley (Onchan)
- 5 December – Jimmy Thomson (Port Erin) with Paul Costain and children from the Buchan School
- 12 December – Margaret Cubbon (Douglas)
- 19 December – John Elliott (Peel) and Jonathan King (Port St Mary) with Karen Elliott and the Tynwald Choir