On Saturday evening the packed crowd at Folly Farm were treated to an entrancing, toe-tapping evening of music played by Paul Kirner on the 1935 Wurlitzer Organ. The repertoire was wide ranging and included polkas, sambas, music from around the world, as well as ‘trips’ to China, Japan and the Middle East. There was Jazz, there was Blues, there was Swing – a great evening. All finished off with a great sing-a-long and a virtuoso encore – the Wurlitzer is such a versatile instrument and could control piano, marimba, cymbals and drums and more – great to watch as much as listen to!
The Organ was built for Granada Studios in 1935 and opened at the Gaumont Manchester. It is on loan to Folly Farm from Paul Kirner and rebuilt in 2009 by Ben Snowdon, and with over 200 stops it was a real labour of love! And all proceeds from this excellent event will be donated to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, which opened in 1878 – a little before the Organ was built but, like the organ and its music, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is very much in the twenty first century and looking to the future. The generous donation from the evening performance will be a big help in its work.