Len Rawle

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Len Rawle, MBE, (born 1938 in Tonypandy) is a Welsh organ builder and organist. A London College of Music graduate, he is particularly noted for his restoration of Wurlitzer theatre organs.[1][2] In 1973 he appeared in Metro-Land, contributing Chattanooga Choo Choo. Rawle has given numerous concerts and workshops in the USA, Australia and Europe.[1] In May 2001 he played on "Western New York's mightiest Wurlitzer theater pipe organ" in Buffalo.[3]

Rawle was made an MBE in 2012. He often played at the Barry Memorial Hall in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.[4] He currently maintains the Wurlitzer organ in Woking and has previously maintained several other Wurlitzer organs such as the Gaumont State Kilburn and the former Empire Leicester Square Wurlitzer, which he installed in his Chorleywood home. He was also involved in a £40,000 project restore the Granada Tooting Wurlitzer organ, described as "one of the most significant restoration projects in the UK".[5]


  1. ^ a b "Len Rawle MBE". Cinema-organs.org.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. ^ Mackenzie, Sir Compton; Stone, Christopher (1974). Gramophone. General Gramophone Publications Ltd. p. 123.
  3. ^ "Reporter's Notebook". Buffalo News, accessed via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 8 May 2001. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Young organist's skills hit right note". South Wales Echo, accessed via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2 March 2004. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Len Rawle". Rochford-compton.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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