The Science Theatre houses one of the finest Welte player pipe organs ever installed in Britain. It is in fact one of only two operational instruments of its type left in the world. During his residency Sir David Lionel Salomons installed no fewer than three Welte pipe organs in the estate. The first was a No 4 Concert Orchestra, followed by the larger No 10 Orchestrion with 700 pipes which was installed in 1914 at a cost of £4,050, a considerable amount at that time.
The Welte Organ is unique in that it has always been in situ in the Science Theatre, this outstanding example of a private Victorian theatre is largely untouched by time or cosmetic modification. To walk into this superb building is a breath taking experience as one is immediately aware of its almost cathedral-like atmosphere. In 2003 the organ was fully restored with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and is now regularly played.
The organ and a professional organist can be hired for use at private functions such as weddings, banquets and other celebratory occasions where you can add a truly grand sense of occasion to your ceremony or event. Please contact Salomons Estate for more details and to arrange a free consultation with our Organist in Residence. Listen to examples of our Organ in action below.