JUDGE AND "ORGAN GRINDER."

£1,000 DAMAGES IN DIVORCE SUIT.


Mr Justice Horridge granted decree nisi and agreed damages to Ernest Rigby, doctor of music, of Chorley New-road, Bolton, in the Divorce Court on Friday because of the misconduct of his wife with the co-respondent, George Thomas Pattman a music-hall organ recitalist. There was no defence. Counsel for the petitioner said the co-respondent was music-hall artist, who large income by touring the provinces with an organ. The Judge: Do you mean is an organ grinder. (Laughter).
Counsel: No, I think he calls himself an organ recitalist. He has a music-hall organ, and takes it about with him.
Petitioner, in giving evidence, said they lived happily until 1919, when his wife, who was a public singer, was invited by Pattman to sing at his recitals at Bridlington. Petitioner later consented to her touring with Pattman. She afterwards returned home, ln February of last year, on returning from a concert, he found his wife had gone, leaving a note which she said:
The everlasting quarrels, and your disgusting language, has become more than I can bear. Your abominable temper has often made me fear for the children and myself. First you say you love me, and then you strike me. I gave up work and stayed home at your request and intended to carry out my duties to you and the children, but since I have been home it has been just as ever, asking you for every penny, I cannot bear it any longer, as lam well able to earn my own living.
Witness denied that there was any truth in his wife's allegation against him. He subsequently found that she had been living with the co-respondent, and that she was going to have a child. Evidence was given, and his Lordship awarded damages as agreed.

Hull Daily Mail
Saturday 13 May 1922
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PUTTING THE ORGAN ON THE MAP

Romance in the Musical Life of Mr. G. T. Pattman.

FROM CATHEDRAL TO CINEMA.

Mr George Thomas Pattman- Pat his friends - has already gained a place in the affection of Hendon audiences as organist of the Ambassador Cinema, Hendon. He represents a style of playing new to Hendon, but which has proved to Hendon's liking. He is a man with the courage of his convictions. And his life is something of a romance. Mr. Pattman played his first church service when was 10 years old in a little village church in Lincolnshire, His first appointment as church organist was at the age of 12.
When 17 he became pupil-assistant to Dr- Haydn Keeton, Peterborough Cathedral. From the age of 20 he had various appointments, including Bridlington Priory, until in he became organist of St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow.
In 1916 he left the Church for the stage. This was the turning point in his life, and his reasons for this step are interesting. I have always felt, he said to a Times and Guardian reporter, that the British have, deep down in their hearts, a love for the organ. But in church the organ's scope was so limited that most people thought it was an instrument tor the playing of Bach fugues and hymns only.
I decided take the" organ to the people and show them that secular music could be effective on it. I had a special organ built. This Organ took six railway trucks to move it. It was electrically blown, the necessary motors being transported with it, and it weighed 16 tone. A staff of mechanics travelled with it, and once put up the only thing that could be easily removed was the console.
I started at the London Coliseum. It was great innovation, but I had no qualms as to the reception I should get because I had great confidence in the idea. After the first performance I had no doubts as to its success.
ENGLISH TOUR

I toured the principal halls of the country, always playing music of the popular classical type. There was no jazz to speak of at that period.
When the music halls began to decline, and the cinema to prow, I had to seek fresh fields. I turned mv attention to the cinema organs, which were then their early stages and were not very numerous or popular. l began playing the Shepherd's Bush Pavilion. This was followed by various other cinemas, including the Capitol, Hatmarket. From some of the Astorias I broadcast. I also did a great deal of recording. I was still playing the popular classics.
And then eventually I arrived here. Generally speaking, I find that organists and their manager's under-estimate the musical knowledge and intelligence of their audiences. In Hendon I have found the audiences delightful. This district has always been recognised as providing some of the finest audiences in this country for decent music.
Do you intend to play much jazz? our representative asked. I suppose I shall get into hot water if I don't give music lovers some selections their liking. Was the reply. Personally, I enjoy dance music, but there is such a lot of it, and much played, that it unnecessary for me to play much it.
Mr. Pattman glanced at his watch. The time for his interlude was approaching, and he likes to devote time before each appearance studying the score he about to play. He dismissed our representative with story of his touring days. In those days, when the organ was less known, people did not realise that there was keyboard for the player's feet. One old lady in Leeds, who was recommended hear my performance, did so and asked afterwards how she liked it. Fh.' she replied in her broad North Country accent, I liked his playing but I didn't think much of his dancing!

Hendon & Finchley Times
Friday 18 September 1936
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