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Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust

Telephone Number :  01952 882385

Email address :  james.gollins@yahoo.co.uk

Contact name :  Anthony Byrne

Venue address : The Severn Warehouse and Cellars, Howard St, Shrewsbury, SY1 2LF

About Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust

The history of the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust goes back to early 1983 when, as a result of a conversation with John Whiteley of the "Three J's" in Gomersal, West Yorkshire, our present Chairman, Tony Byrne, was encouraged to pursue his idea of bringing a theatre organ to the Centenary Theatre of Wrekin College (when Phil Kelsall played a Hammond C3 Electronic) and the enthusiasm which was shown for it was so great that a public meeting was then called for the purpose of launching a trust and of seeking a venue where a theatre organ could be installed. A home was ultimately to be found at the Buttermarket, Howard Street, Shrewsbury.

After a great deal of preliminary work, the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust came into being in February l986 and has since become a registered charity. Its first Chairman was Ralph Bartlett, who in in 1938 had formed what was subsequently to become the Theatre Organ Club. Ralph, who did in fact hold office as that Club's General Secretary from its inception, gave both moral and financial support to the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust and, since his sad death in 1987, we have missed that valuable support. We regard the Shrewsbury WurliTzer as being a fitting tribute to his efforts.

The ownership of the Buttermarket has now changed and it has been decided to change the name of the venue to "The Severn Warehouse" and drop the name "Buttermarket". The home of the Wurlitzer Organ has undergone a major refit costing over £500,000. The major building works have prevanted some maintenance work on the Wurlitzer but it is hoped to catch up in the near future. Please watch this space for future news.

Our Venue

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Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust's Concert Diary

February 16thDavid Redfern (more details)


April 20thJean Martyn
May 18thPhil Kelsall
June 15thJohn Barnett
July 20thNigel Ogden
September 21stChris Powell
October 19thJanet Dowsett
November 16thElizabeth Harrison
December 14thDamon Willetts
February 15thMichael Wooldridge