Theatre Organist: Simon Gledhill

Simon Gledhill


Appearing for the first time in New Jersey, The UK’s Simon Gledhill will be performing at the Landmark Loews Theatre, playing popular standards on the theatre pipe organ.

Often referred to as an organist’s organist, Simon Gledhill is the recipient of the international American Theatre Organ Society’s prestigious Organist of the Year Award. This is the latest in a long line of musical awards, many which he earned before the age of twenty. With many recordings to his credit, he has performed at all the major theatre organ venues in Britain, as well as touring in Germany, Holland, Australia and across the USA. This is his first concert in Jersey City and will be his only performance in New Jersey during this trip to the United States.

At the Landmark Loews Theatre, Mr. Gledhill will be playing the Bob Balfour Memorial Wonder Morton theatre pipe organ. Since the long-silent organ’s installation was completed in 2008, thousands of people have heard it play both in concert and before the monthly classic film series shown in the theatre. Only five such instruments were ever made and each one was created to match the architectural resonance of the Wonder Theatres created in the 1920’s.

The Garden State Theatre Organ Society, Inc. (GSTOS) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the theatre pipe organ and its music. The Society is the Northern New Jersey chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, a 5,500 member organization of theatre organ enthusiasts. GSTOS maintains and produces shows using theatre pipe organs throughout the state. The Society has restored the organ in Newark’s original Symphony Hall and similar instruments in Bound Brook, Rahway, and at the Patriots Theatre in the Trenton War Memorial. GSTOS members are committed to  restoring silent film era theatre pipe organs, a uniquely American instrument designed to provide the equivalent of an orchestra at the hands of one musician.

There will be one performance only of A New British Invasion – Simon Gledhill at 3:00 pm on  Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, New Jersey, directly across from the PATH station. Discount parking is available for the Square Ramp parking lot directly behind the theatre. The Landmark Loews Theatre is handicap accessible. Doors open at 2:30 pm. Ticket price is $12, adults, $10 students and seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at www.gstos.org.