- Brighton Dome
The Brighton Dome is a building complex in
Brighton, Englandthat contains the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and the Pavilion Theatre. It was built for the Prince of Walesand completed in 1805. It famously staged the Eurovision Song Conteston 6 April 1974where ABBAwon for Swedenwith Waterloo.
The Dome Pavilion
pipe organin the Dome's Concert Hall was built in 1870 by the famous London firm of Henry Willis & Sonsto a specification of forty-four stops spread over four manuals and pedals [cite web|title=The National Pipe Organ Register - The Brighton Dome Willis|url=http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=N15482] . Unfortunately, this modestly-sized but nonetheless splendid instrument was removed in 1935 for the great rebuilding of the theatre and was never returned, but broken up for parts. The instrument which replaced it is greatly inferior in tonal quality as a classical organ, which its curators claim it can be, but is effective as a cinema organ: it is a large Christie organbuilt in 1935 by the firm of Hill, Norman and Beard. This large instrument has four manuals and one hundred and seventy-eight stops obtained by extension and borrowing of numerous ranks, plus numerous percussion effects [cite web|title=The National Pipe Organ Register - The Brighton Dome Willis|url=http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=N08247] . It has recently been restored by David Wells of Liverpooland a 'floating' String Organ added from the organ at Glyndebourne, which had been broken up.
* [http://www.brightondome.org/venues/ The Brighton Dome Online]
* [http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/aboutus/project_detail.php?sid=11&id=237 Restoration of the Dome — information]
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