I sing in the morning - Chris Lawton at Salem Congregational Chapel, Ponciau, Wrexham

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Another of me playing the Compton electronic organ 'Cantata' model at Salem Church in Ponciau, Rhosllanerchrugog near Wrexham.

Im playing the welsh hymn 'I sing in the morning' to the tune 'Llys Aeron'. This gives an opportunity to show off the various different tone colours available on this organ including the effective Clarinet in the second verse.

The organ has both internal speakers and an external speaker of the Compton patent 'rotofon' type. In this video I am using the internal speakers only to contrast the other video I have made here.

These organs are fast becoming extinct with many churches replacing them with digital instruments etc. Modern technology is indeed appealing with its realistic sampled sounds but history is being lost as a result. Opportunities should be taken to see that these unique instruments are preserved for future generations to experience how technology worked in the pre digital era.

Many thanks to organist Gareth Williams for arranging me access to this instrument.

NOTE: this is purely my interest in order to make sure that these fine organs are archived forever and I do not make any monetary profit by this video being on youtube.

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.