The Henley and District Theatre Organ Trust was founded in 1971 as a registered charity through the energies of The Rotary Club of Henley On Thames under the Chairmanship of the late Gordon Mintern and his wife Dorothy as Secretary. It is a registered Charity 268161 run by a dedicated group of volunteers serving the community. The current President of the trust is Robert Wolfe and Chairman is David Rusman.
The trust’s objective is to preserve one of the fine Theatre Organs and at the same time promote concerts for local charities and provide some much needed musical entertainment for the older generation.
Originally an organ was installed in the Regal Cinema in Henley and regular Sunday concerts commenced, with an inaugural concert in the cinema by the late Reginald Dixon which attracted some 1,200 visitors to the town. Also in this year several recordings were made with the BBC and various film Producers with some top named stars.
On the closure of the Regal Cinema in 1986 The Town Council were approached to install a dual purpose organ in the Town Hall. With the agreement of the Council concerts have been regularly presented on Sunday afternoons much to the enjoyment of the older generation of the town raising money for the Air Ambulance, Sue Ryder and The Mayor’s Christmas Party. The organ has become a great asset to the Town Hall where it is used for The Mayor’s Christmas Party for the over 60s, Tea Dances and Remembrance Services.
In addition to supporting local Charities in the Organ World Henley Town Hall has become one of this Country’s leading venues for Theatre Organ Concerts.
Regular Theatre Organ Concerts are now presented in Henley On Thames, Town Hall RG9 2AQ on a Sunday afternoon at 3.00p.m. The Theatre Organ is a state of the art Allen MDR 3.
Concerts commence 3.00PM (doors open 2.30PM)
Refreshments and Raffle
More details: contact Susan Rusman, tel. 0118 972 4988