Hail glorious St Patrick - Chris Lawton at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Heath Town, Wolverhampton

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Me playing the organ at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Heath Town, Wolverhampton.

The organ was first built in 1948 by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd of North Acton, London for the previous church building and dedicated by the Most Rev. J Masterson in memory of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. Like most Compton built instruments, the organ is built on the extension principal with all pipework fully enclosed. In 1972 the present church building was opened as a result of the local area being redeveloped at the time and the organ was transferred to the new building where otherwise it remains in original condition. The specification reads:

Sub Bass 16'
Flute 8'
Trombone 16'
Trumpet 8'
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Harmonic Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Octave 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Salicet 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Swell to Great

Contra Salicional 16'
Harmonic Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Salicet 4'
Piccolo 2'
Cymbale III
Trombone 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'
Tremulant (affects all divisions)

4 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
4 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
4 toe pistons to Pedal
1 canceller thumb piston - Great to Pedal
1 canceller thumb piston - Swell to Pedal
1 balanced expression pedal - organ
1 balanced expression pedal - crescendo
Double touch canceller to each division
3 ventil switches

For this first video as we were in a church dedicated to St Patrick and to show off the power of the organ, the obvious choice was 'Hail glorious St Patrick'.

Many thanks to the church officials for allowing me access to this wonderful Compton organ.