October 24th at 6pm, and October 25th at 3pm BST
Support the Museum and join us in person for a socially distanced (but still social!) drinks, nibbles, and entertaining music on keyboards and organ.
October 24th 6pm: Featuring four talented musicians on Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, Roland and Hammond Electronic Organs, and Piano! The Museum's Musical Director Chris Barber will host Matthew Bason and Chris and Joanne Powell playing our first electronic keyboard and organ event here at the Musical Museum at a family-friendly time on a Saturday evening. Included in the ticket price is a drink and cheese & charcuterie plate with table service.
October 25th 3pm: Chris Barber will host an afternoon of music featuring our most famous, and largest exhibit - our Mighty Wurlitzer Cinema Organ. Afternoon tea with table service is included in the ticket price.
Video Series: Exhibits In-depth
We're currently producing a series of videos that explore the Musical Museum's unusual collection in detail. The series covers a wide variety of exhibits, from The Mighty Wurlitzer with a behind-the-scenes tour and demonstration; to a self-playing violins, pianos, and more, with unique footage of the instruments in action. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel so that you're notified when a new video is released!
Exhibitions & Special Tours
The Musical Museum's Mighty Wurlitzer
Our Mighty Wurlitzer has just celebrated its 90th Birthday, and a specially commissioned set of exhibition panels explore the history of this very special instrument, from the conception of the theatre organ, its manufacture in the USA and working years at the The Regal Cinema in Kingston upon Thames, as well as the decades it has been part of the collection of The Musical Museum, the restoration process and the organists who have played it. The panels can be viewed as part of a standard visit to the Musical Museum.
This year we will be running a series of “behind the scenes” tours led by one of our trustees, featuring an in-depth look at the workings of the Musical Museum not normally accessible to the public, including our roll-library and workshop. The tours will include a full demonstration of The Mighty Wurlitzer, with “virtual tours” of the complex and delicate pipe chambers and a Q&A session. The grand finale is a “mini-concert” with a specially selected series of musical numbers that showcase the sound of this remarkable instrument.
All films have been rescheduled – new dates to be confirmed.
Films are preceded by a prelude on The Mighty Wurlitzer.
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with a selection of musical films linked to the 1939 classic.
Moon Over Miami (1941)
Jack Haley is best known for the Tin Man who wished he had a heart, but he went on to star in many films including this comedy musical. Betty Grable plays one of three sisters who come into a small legacy when they expected a large one, so they up sticks and head to Miami to hunt for rich husbands.
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
After The Wizard of Oz, Garland starred in an array of musical films. Here she plays a small-town Indiana girl, Lily Mars, who dreams of becoming a stage actress. She begs a visiting Broadway producer, but when he dismisses her, she follows him to New York and finds a way into his show…and his heart.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
80 years after it was first screened, we are delighted to present this perennial favorite starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. With a cast of 9,200 actors, 68 sets, a 130-piece orchestra and a 300-strong chorus, join us for 100 minutes of unforgettable musical entertainment.
TEA DANCES - dates TBC
Join in a social afternoon of Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing, or just come along and listen to the sounds of the DJ’s selection of popular dance tunes. All levels of ability are welcome and a partner is not necessary. Free 30 minute dance lesson at 2pm; tea dance begins at 2.30pm. Ticket price of £8.50 includes glass of Prosecco, or a cup of tea / coffee.