Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society (STOPS)

Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society (STOPS) Scotland's first and oldest Theatre / Cinema Organ preservation society. Registered Scottish Charity - SC018217. Preserving all that's best and unique in Scottish theatre organs and associated memorabilia.

Operating as usual

Nosferatu - TONIGHT 7:30 pm
31/10/2020
NPTOHC - Nosferatu

Nosferatu - TONIGHT 7:30 pm

Date: 31/10/2020, Time: 7:30pm. Please check back soon for details on this event

Nosferatu - TOMORROW 7:30 pm
30/10/2020
NPTOHC - Nosferatu

Nosferatu - TOMORROW 7:30 pm

Date: 31/10/2020, Time: 7:30pm. Please check back soon for details on this event

Nosferatu - On Saturday 7:30 pm
24/10/2020
NPTOHC - Nosferatu

Nosferatu - On Saturday 7:30 pm

Date: 31/10/2020, Time: 7:30pm. Please check back soon for details on this event

Nosferatu - Sat 31st Oct 2020 7:30 pm
11/04/2020
NPTOHC - Nosferatu

Nosferatu - Sat 31st Oct 2020 7:30 pm

Date: 31/10/2020, Time: 7:30pm. Please check back soon for details on this event

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari - Sat 11th Apr 2020 7:30 pm
29/03/2020
NPTOHC - The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari - Sat 11th Apr 2020 7:30 pm

Date: 11/04/2020, Time: 7:30pm. Please check back soon for details on this event

21/03/2020

50 years ago today, at 8.45pm, the society's resident organist of the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Larry McGuire, nervously played his first ever intermission on a theatre pipe organ, playing the little Ingram organ of the Astoria Cinema, Corstorphine, Ediinburgh.

6 months later he repeated the 'first' when he played his first intermission on the mighty Hilsdon of the 3100 seat Edinburgh Playhouse.

18/03/2020

Having organised an interesting program for the coming year, we have decided to suspend all activities until further notice to avoid any possible contamination of our volunteers or members of the public attending the New Palace Centre.

23/01/2020
The Jim MacLeod Band, in concert, Bangour Village Hospital, 1974 with Christie theatre organ

And now for something (almost) completely different. In 1974
STOPS held a special fundraising concert in Bangour Village Hospital starring the Jim MacLeod Band, featuring organists Alfred Furnish, Bill Hutcheson, and the band's own Tommy McCulloch.

Around 700 of an audience (capacity plus standing) attended for a fantastic evening.

https://youtu.be/7EWjN7Hp7fk

The Jim MacLeod Band Live in Concert, Recreation Hall, Bangour Village Hospital, with special guests, organists Bill Hutcheson and Alfred Furnish, and vocali...

31/12/2019
RPB Regal Eastleigh

The last recording in this series from the archive.

The one and only Reginald Porter-Brown plays the Christie of the Regal Cinema, Eastleigh, Hampshire, broadcast on BBC Radio Solent in 1975 with a programme of light classical music, also including 'Smile' which has a nod towards Widor's 5th Symphony Toccata, and 'In A Monastery Garden, which features the Bird Whistle amongsy other effects.

https://youtu.be/a2WgvXSvqs4

A broadcast of part of a live concert in the Regal Cinema, Eastleigh, by the incomparable Reginald Porter-Brown. Broadcast on Sounds of the South, BBC Radio ...

28/12/2019
Noel Briggs, Christie 3/10, Regal Cinema, Eastleigh

Another from the archive.
The Christie of the Regal Cinema, Eastleigh in the hands of Noel Briggs.
Details of the fate of the organ included on the video.
https://youtu.be/U77IFNbLZZ0

Christie Opus 2700 - installed 1928 as a 2/6 (Junior Model A2) in a single chamber over the stage with a ‘decorated’ plain console (it had embossed palm tree...

04/12/2019
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Not related to STOPS as such - a private recording that Gordon Lucas made in 1968 of Reginald Porter-Brown playing the Compton of the Forum Cinema, Southampton in 1968.
https://youtu.be/c7i3OgGnviA

02/12/2019
Radio Forth Youth Orchestra 1978, (created by Gordon Lucas and Larry McGuire, with Lindsay Sinclair)

This recording was a major event when it happened. The first (and potentially only) broadcast of the 'Radio Forth Youth Orchestra' in 1978. Nothing to do with organs, but all the musical organisers were organists.
https://youtu.be/SGIP9s2XY9M

The Radio Forth Youth Orchestra, 1978. This recording was donated to STOPS from the personal archive of Society co-founder the late Gordon Lucas who, along w...

Address

New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Centre,
Greenlaw
TD10 6XD

General information

The Unique Hilsdon Unit Orchestral Pipe Organ is an amalgam of all the remaining theatre and orchestral organs built by the Glasgow firm of H Hilsdon Ltd, being the 2/8 ex Palace Picture House, Princes Street, Edinburgh; the 3/35 ex Playhouse, Edinburgh; the 3/10 ex Picture House, Paisley, as well as a Hilsdon church organ of the period, pipework from which was used to replace missing ranks. We have incorporated a small number of ranks by other builders which are worthy of preservation, including 3 from the 3/34 Jardine Orchestral Organ of the Stoll Cinema, Kingsway, London.

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+44 (0)1361810759

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Founded October 29th 1972 at the opening of the 2/9(10r) Christie ex Lonsdale/ABC Cinema, Carlisle, in the Recreation Hall, Bangour Village Hospital, Dechmont, West Lothian, we own and operate the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, and its Unique Hilsdon Unit Orchestral Pipe Organ.

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