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Believe not those who say - Chris Lawton at St Thomas Church, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent

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Me playing the organ at St Thomas Church in the Penkhull area of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire - an area known throughout the world for pottery!

I am not entirely sure of the full history of the organ here but I do know that work was done by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd in 1948 and I suspect that it was a rebuild of the previous instrument - the builder of which I do not know - for unlike most Compton instruments, only the swell is enclosed. The Trumpet is certainly Compton however. The specification reads:

PEDAL
Bourdon 16'
Bass Flute 8'
Double Trumpet 16'
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

GREAT
Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Swell Sub Octave to Great
Swell Unison to Great
Swell Octave to Great

SWELL
Open Diapason 8'
Viola da Gamba 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Geigen Principal 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Double Trumpet 16'
Trumpet 8'
Oboe 8'
Clarion 4'
Sub Octave
Unison Off
Octave
Tremulant (affects all divisions)

ACCESSORIES
3 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
3 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
1 balanced expression pedal - swell division
Double touch canceller to each division
1 ventil switch - Trumpet
Voltmeter

For this first video I am playing the hymn 'Believe not those who say' to the appropriately named tune for the church we were in 'St Thomas'.

Many thanks to the church officials for allowing me access to this splendid little instrument.

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:

http://comptonorgans.yolasite.com/

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.

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