Angel voices, ever singing - Chris Lawton at St Mary's Church, Prescot, Merseyside

Christopher Lawton
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Me playing the wonderful organ at the parish church of St Mary in Prescot near Liverpool, Merseyside.

The organ here was originally built in 1822 by John Gray of London and in 1846 was enlarged by Gray and Davison. Later work was done by Porritt of Leicester and Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool. In the 1950s the organ was completely rebuilt by the John Compton Organ Company which included the present console, a 32ft patent polyphonic bass, Tromba and Dulciana ranks as well as other tonal changes giving the present specification and layout. In 1992, the organ was overhauled by David Wells of Liverpool which included new action and piston capture system. The specification reads:

Sub Bass 32'
Open Wood 16'
Open Metal 16'
Sub Bass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Octave 8'
Violoncello 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Fifteenth 4'
Flute 4'
Mixture III
Trombone 16'
Contra Fagotto 16'
Tromba 8'
Fagotto Clarion 4'
Choir to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Great and Pedal pistons coupled

Contra Dulciana 16'
Rohr Flote 8'
Dulciana 8'
Vox Angelica 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Wald Flote 4'
Dulcet 4'
Nazard 2.2/3'
Dulcet Twelfth 2.2/3'
Flautino 2'
Dulcet Fifteenth 2'
Tierce 1.3/5'
Acuta II
Tromba 8'
Clarion 4'
Swell to Choir

Double Diapason 16'
First Diapason 8'
Second Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Principal 4'
Spitz Flute 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Tromba 8'
Clarion 4'
Swell to Great
Choir to Great

Open Diapason 8'
Lieblich Gedact 8'
Echo Gamba 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Principal 4'
Open Flute 4'
Flageolet 2'
Mixture III
Contra Fagotto 16'
Fagotto 8'
Cornopean 8'
Oboe 8'
Clarion 4'
Sub Octave
Unison Off

6 thumb pistons to Choir
6 thumb pistons to Great duplicated by toe pistons
6 thumb pistons to Swell
6 toe pistons to Pedal
8 general thumb pistons
6 reversible thumb pistons
1 reversible toe piston - Great to Pedal
1 reversible toe piston - Trombone 16ft
1 thumb piston - piston capture
1 thumb piston - general cancel
16 piston memories

For this first video im playing the hymn 'Angel voices, ever singing' which shows off the power of this wonderful instrument.

Many thanks to organist Tim Hall for allowing me access to this wonderful example of an instrument that was rebuilt by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd.

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.