Video Tour of the Blackpool Tower Organ - Part I (Nigel Ogden)|
Video Tour of the Blackpool Tower Organ - Part II (Nigel Ogden)
The console of the 3/13 Wurlitzer, Ex Empress Ballroom, Blackpool.
Reginald Dixon at the Opus 2187 Console in Blackpool Tower Ballroom
CD's and DVD's
The first Tower Ballroom organ was installed in March 30, 1929, a 2 manual, 10 rank Wurlitzer, Opus 2037.|
The first two organists were fine organists, but neither could play for dancing.
Reginald Dixon became the third organist and soon was successful playing the organ for dancing.
Dixon soon realised that the organ wasn't loud enough for the dancers to hear the beats properly, and soon set about designing a new instrument.
In 1934 the new instrument (Opus 2187) arrived. It had 3 manuals and 14 ranks of pipes.
Reginald Dixon continued to play until he retired in 1970.
(Look for info on 12/14/1956 fire)
Opus 2187 Ranks
Cannot find a good listing of the ranks or stops yet
Great to Solo 16'
Great to Solo 8'
Great to Solo 4'
Great to Solo Sub-Quint - 2-2/3
Great to Solo Sub-Tierce - 3-1/5