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A Non-Profit Educational and Caretaking Corporation
Dedicated to the preservation, performance and enjoyment of the "King of Instruments"


The Meridian Temple Theatre


The Magnolia Theater Organ Society present:

A rare treat with Internationally renowned:

British Theater Organist-Pianist-Vocalist Matthew Bason

Providing Live organ accompaniment for the Silent Movie "Wings"

On the Temple Theatre's Mighty Robert Morton Theater Pipe Organ

August 27th at 2:00 pm at the Temple Theater Meridian MS



Matthew Bason began his performing career in 1994, working at a range of venues as a pianist and organist.  He played his first solo organ recital in July of that year, at Hadlow Down, East Sussex.  He furthered his musical interests, activities and performances whilst studying at the University of Reading; graduating with a B.A.(Ed) Honours degree in Music and Education in 2002.

Since 1994, Matthew's reputation has grown to an international level.  He regularly travels as far afield as mainland Europe and U.S.A.to play organ and piano concerts.

He has held positions as Resident Pianist at Sopwell House, St. Albans, Ashorne Hall, Warwick, where he played the Compton and Wurlitzer Theatre Organs and Piano. Matthew has also held residencies as a pianist and piano-vocalist at Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (3 years); Kettering Park Spa, Northamptonshire (4 years); Thoresby Hall, Ollerton, Notts (2 years) and shared residencies at The Savoy, Rubens and Connaught Hotels in London (6 years).

And if that wasn’t enough, he is pianist with Milton Keynes (UK)-based jazz quartet "JazzEssense" and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Wellingborough (UK).

Please come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon as you catch up on

the Magnolia Theatre Organ Groups latest news and happenings

For more information contact Roger Smith 601-693-5353


Frank Evans at 601-485-0535

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The MTOS work group will meet Tuesday 6:15 p.m. Our crew chief will text the meeting place each Tuesday.
Project: Working on things to do with Pipe Organs!

Come join us we're always learning and improving our skills, be it rebuilding / restoring organ chest or what ever it takes to make it work.

The Temple Theater in Meridian, MS houses one of only two remaining Theater Organs installed in it's original location in the State of Mississippi. Both this organ - and it's sibling at the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg are under the care of the Magnolia Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, as well as several other organ - smaller and larger - installed in private residences around the state. Magnolia Chapter membership is open to anyone with an interest in preserving, playing and enjoying these magnificent King of Instruments. You can click here - or on the picture above for more pictures of the Temple Theater.

Here - Chapter member Frank Evans is testing the organ after some repairs.
This is the console of the Temple's Robert Morton 3/8 Theater Organ.
Noted as a "3/8" as it has three full keyboards - controlling 8 "ranks" or voices of pipes.
You can click here - or on the picture - for more pictures of this organ.

Where the music comes from

Here is just one small section of the left pipe chamber. Part of the organ's "percussion instruments" are seen in the background - in this case bass and snare drums, and a cymbal. These non-tuned percussive instruments - along with many others such as duck calls, car horns, whistles, etc. form part of the unique section known as the Toy Counter which allow the organist to produce many of the familiar sound effects needed to accompany silent movies. The pipes to the right are part of the Vox-Humana rank - the pipes are designed to mimic the human voice in the "choir" of the organ. At the very top of the picture - behind the drums, are the swell shades - and the "motors" that operate them. The individual pipes speak at one volume - there is no individual control over their loudness. However - each chamber has a set of "shades" - that cover the opening into the theater. These shades are controlled by the swell shoes on the console - which the organists operates with his feet. By opening and closing the swell shades - the organist can control the volume of each chamber into the theater.

If these mighty instruments interest you - come on and join us in keeping these wonderful gifts from the past making beautiful music!

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