ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

From: Ian McIver, May 1999

The Palladium, Copenhagen, housed a 3c/7 Wurlitzer (Brass Trumpet, Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Brass Saxophone, Violin, Flute, Vox Humana) opened in 1937 by Australian organist Barrie Brettoner, who was in Europe on his honeymoon.

Other organists who played there include Bobby Pagan, Robinson Cleaver, Robin Richmond, Benna Moe and Mogens Kilde. Pagan, Kilde and Moe (and maybe others as well) made records (78s) on it.

The organ was removed in the early 1960s. The stories at that time were that it was sold for scrap.

This type of revolving lift mechanism was not standard for theatre organs installed in the UK in the late 1930s. I am not sure about Dutch installations, but I think the Copenhagen lift was a one-off.

The organ had a unique console of almost circular design, with a very distinctive music rack comprising horizontal metal bars superimposed with the name "Wurlitzer" (with a small "t") in cursive script.

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From: Thomas Klose, Feb. 2000

Wurlitzer opus no. 2220 was built for the Palladium Cinema (part of Tivoli Park, i.e. amusement center) and shipped to Denmark October 8, 1937. It was a style 175 organ with three manuals and seven ranks, the third manual being a coupler manual only.

The Palladium Wurlitzer was opened by the end of 1937 with Australian organist Barrie Brettoner at the console. The organ was also played by German organist Horst Schimmelpfennig (chief organist of UfA-chain) around 1940/41. The console was mounted on a matching lift that was turned around by 180 while being lifted from its understage hideaway. Dr. John W. Landon ("Behold The Mighty Wurlitzer") mentioned Mogens Kilde as organist, presumably the resident at the Palladium.

A fellow enthusiast of Herlev, Denmark, wrote to me November 11, 1990 that the organ had been sold in 1960 to a man who only wanted the console to house his electronic organ. Some of the pipework had been sold to an organ builder, the rest was scrapped. The console lift obviously went into a garage and, maybe, had to lift cars from then onwards... according to this source.

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From: Thomas Klose, April, 2000

One of my regular correspondents in Denmark also takes some interest in the historic side of our subject. As a result of his recent research there is a meticulously compiled record of the Palladium Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, 3/7 Wurlitzer's resident organists as follows:

Barrie Brettoner

January 18 - March 30, 1938

Bobby Pagan

March 31 - July 3, 1938
July 31, 1938 - January 8, 1939
February 15 - June 30, 1939
August 9 - August 22, 1948
August 7 - August 20, 1950

H. Robinson Cleaver

July 4 - July 30, 1938

Lewis Gerard

January 9 - February 14, 1939

Peer Frost

July 1, 1939 - March 31, 1940
June 29 - July 31, 1951
September 1, 1956 - May 22, 1960

Mogens Kilde

April 1 - July 31, 1940 August 15, 1940 - July 10, 1945 (!)
July 26, 1945 - July 19, 1946
August 4, 1946 - June 30, 1947
July 15, 1947 - June 14, 1948
March 1, 1950 - August 6, 1950
August 21, 1950 - June 28, 1951
August 14, 1951 - March 31, 1952

Horst Schimmelpfennig

August 1, - August 14, 1940

Terence Dene

July 11 - July 25, 1945

Robin Richmond

July 20 - August 3, 1946
July 1 - July 14, 1947
September 26 - October 16, 1949

Ena Baga

June 15 - July 5, 1948

Benna Moe

July 6 - August 8, 1948
August 23, 1948 - July 6, 1949
August 1 - September 25, 1949
October 17, 1949 - February 28, 1950

Erik Erling

July 7 - July 31, 1949

Ove Peters

April 1 - June 30, 1952
September 25 - September 30, 1954

Bertrand Bech

July 1 - September 24, 1954
October 1, 1954 - August 31, 1956 (!)

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From: Flemming Sorensen, July 2003

According to this source:

http://musikhistoriskmuseum.kroyer.kulturhotel.dk/reg/palladium-biografen_artikel.htm

Unfortunately only in Danish. It is the home page of the Danish musical historic museum.

They have now bought the console and toy counter from the guy who owned it from the early 60's. It is now in storage but they hope to be able to put it on display in the future.

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