The task of
building The Burtey Fen Collection
In 1997 Nicholas and Mark began to look for a site to build a new purpose-built concert room to house the four manual concert pipe organ, and the three manual Compton pipe organ, together with Mark's collection of memorabilia.
A site on Burtey Fen Lane in Pinchbeck was purchased, and building work began in June 1998. By January 1999 the shell of the building was complete, and the task of completing and fitting out the building began.
With the invaluable help of Chris Scotney and Steven Gardner, Nick and Mark completed the main concert room and organ chamber by May 1999. The Compton organ was installed between April and August 1999, in preparation for the opening concert in October 1999.
Work continued on the 60s coffee bar, toilets and foyer, and by the time of the opening concert the whole building was complete apart from the upstairs lounge bar.
During February 2000 work commenced on fitting out the upstairs lounge bar, and by March 2000 the whole building was complete.
During 2001 and 2002 the concert pipe organ was installed, and is now in use for recital work, and available for private practice.
During 2003 the ex Gaumont Exeter Wurlitzer was installed.
The building now comprises of
* Foyer and box office
* Main hall and balcony - seating up to 200
* 60s coffee bar
* Lounge bar
* Toilet facilities including disabled toilet
Above: The Box Office in the foyer of The Burtey Fen Collection
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