Before the throne of God above - Chris Lawton at St George's Church, Coundon, Coventry

Christopher Lawton

by Christopher Lawton

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Me playing the organ at St George's Church in Coundon, Coventry.

During the post war years up until the early 1960s when the electronic side took over, the famous John Compton Organ Company Ltd built many small extension instruments for small suburban churches and this organ here in Coventry is a brilliant unspoilt example. It was built in 1957 for the present church and has all the typical features found in Compton organs - fully enclosed pipework, detached stopkey console, double touch stop cancelling etc. Four ranks of pipes are employed - Open Diapason, Harmonic Flute, Salicional and Trumpet to give the following specification:

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 whole organ)

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
2 ventil switches
Double touch canceller to each department

For this first video im playing the worship song 'Before the throne of God above' from the new Methodist hymn book 'Singing the Faith'.

Many thanks to Reverend Alison Evans and Ann Weitzel for allowing me access to this wonderful Compton organ.