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    O changeless Christ, for ever new - Chris Lawton at St Charles Catholic Church, Kelvinside, Glasgow

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the organ at St Charles Catholic Church in the Kelvinside area of Glasgow.

    The church was built in 1959 and has stunning period architecture and equally stunning acoustics. The organ was built for the new church by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and is the electrone model 357 installed on the rear gallery. Like many churches nowadays, there is no regular organist and I was amazed to discover that the organ had not been played for at least twelve years but yet sounded so good! The specification reads:

    Contra Bass 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Echo Bass 16'
    Octave 8'
    Bass Flute 8'
    Flute 4'
    Trombone 16'
    Trumpet 8'

    Bourdon 16'
    Diapason 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Gemshorn 8'
    Octave 4'
    Wald Flute 4'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Tromba 8'

    Contra Salicional 16'
    Geigen Diapason 8'
    Stopped Diapason 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Principal 4'
    Stopped Flute 4'
    Flautina 2'
    Quartane II
    Contra Fagotto 16'
    Cornopean 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Clarion 4'

    1 balanced expression pedal - pedal and manual I
    1 balanced expression pedal - manual II

    For this first video I am playing the hymn 'O changeless Christ, for ever new' to the Scottish tune 'Ballerma'.

    Many thanks to the church officials for allowing me the opportunity to play another example of my favourite electronic 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.