O watcher in the wilderness - Chris Lawton at St Botolph's Church, Morley, Norfolk

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Me playing the organ at St Botolph's Church in the village of Morley just outside Wymondham, Norfolk.

The organ was built in about the early 1950s by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and given as a memorial instrument to those in the parish who had gave their lives during world war two. It is the 2 rank 'Miniatura' model consisting of Diapason and Rohr Gedeckt all fully enclosed. The specification reads:

Bourdon 16'
Flute 16'
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Rohr Gedeckt 8'
Principal 4'
Fifteenth 2'

Open Diapason 8'
Rohr Gedeckt 8'
Flute 4'
Piccolo 2'

Balanced expression pedal to whole organ

For this first video I am playing the hymn 'O watcher in the wilderness' to the tune 'Coe Fen'. I chose this hymn as I was in a country church which seemed miles away from anywhere so very much 'in the wilderness'.

Many thanks to the vicar and officials for allowing me access to this fine little Compton organ.

For more information on the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and to see me play other Compton organs, please click on the following link for my site dedicated to the John Compton Organ Company Ltd:


REQUEST: I am always on the lookout for Compton organs to play - particularly electrones - so if you know of any churches which still have these then please do let me know. I will happily give a donation or pay any applicable room hire charge.