Paul Kirner's Music Palace, Ynyshir, Porth CF39 0EG

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Brief description

"Paul Kirner's Music Palace is situated in Ynyshir, Porth - the gateway to the Rhondda Valley. It houses our collection which presently consists of four theatre pipe organs, along with a wide variety of vintage electronic organs  and keyboards, as well as an extensive collection of other media and memorabilia.

Paul Kirner's Theatre Organ Collection (registered charity 1176604) was founded by its namesake to preserve and promote theatre organs and their music for generations to come. Having toured clubland for many years, Paul and his late wife - singer and comedienne Hazel – became experienced musical hosts, opening their very successful venue Compton Lodge in Sapcote, Leicestershire in May 1979. Centred around the Compton organ from the Odeon Wealdstone, the Lodge became a centre for concerts and social events. By the time Paul presented the final concert there on the 40th anniversary in May 2019, the organ had grown to more than three times its original size, to become one of the most comprehensive theatre organs in the country.

There are currently four theatre pipe organs either playing, or in the final stages of installation, at the Music Palace. However there are other instruments in the collection including the former Compton Lodge installation which has now been moved to storage in Ynyshir, and the magnificent ex Gaumont, Manchester Wurlitzer which is on loan to Folly Farm in Begelly, Pembrokeshire where it is heard in public twice a day. In addition to the organs we also have a large collection of original tooling and machinery – some from the Compton factory, and from the works of Wurlitzer’s UK agents S.J. Wright Ltd. These enable us to maintain our collection, as well as supporting organ projects around the world."



Paul Kirner's Music Palace, South Street,

Ynyshir, Porth CF39 0EG

Postal address: Ben Snowdon, 37 Windsor Clive Drive, St Fagans, Cardiff CF5 6HQ

Telephone:  07974 813445


Enquiries to Ben Snowdon by email:

or Telephone: 07974 813445


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In former chapel, close to Ynyshir Band Hall, Gynor Place, Porth CF39 0EL and St John Ambulance Tylorstown - Rhondda Division 0ED, 

100 Ynyshir Road, Porth CF39 0EW

Opening Times

Always check with the venue directly for up-to-date information including opening times and admission charges as they may be subject to change

2022: "The Music Palace is now open for group visits, and for private practice (£20/hour) and we have a full programme of events arranged for 2022 - see


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Nearby at Corner Cafe, 117 Ynyshir Rd, Porth CF39 0EW

Travel Information

For further travel information in Wales please see:

Or call Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000