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    A man there lived in Galilee - Chris Lawton at St Mary and St Nicholas Church, Wrangle, Lincolnshire

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the organ at the Parish Church of St Mary & St Nicholas in the village of Wrangle just outside Boston, Lincolnshire.

    The organ was installed in 1947 by the famous John Compton Organ Company Ltd and is the 'Miniatura III' model. Like most of the instruments built by this firm, the pipework is fully enclosed and uses the 'extension' principal involving 3 ranks of pipes: Diapason, Gemshorn and Flute. The organ was overhauled in 1992 by Cousans of Lincoln but remains in original condition. The specification reads:

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

    Tenordon 16'
    Diapason 8'
    Gemshorn 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Octave 4'
    Gemshorn 4'
    Octave Quint 2.2/3'
    Super Octave 2'

    Contra Flute 8'
    Diapason 8'
    Gemshorn 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Gemshorn 4'
    Flute 4'
    Nazard 2.2/3'
    Flautino 2'
    Tremulant (affecting entire instrument)

    3 thumb pistons to Great
    3 thumb pistons to Swell
    1 reverse thumb piston - Great to Pedal
    1 reverse thumb piston - Swell to Pedal
    1 balanced expression pedal - Organ
    1 balanced expression pedal - Crescendo
    Double touch canceller to each department

    For my first video im playing a hymn called 'A man there lived in Galilee' to a tune called 'Tyrol'.

    Many thanks to Reverend Fiona Cotton-Betteridge for allowing me access to this wonderful Compton organ.

    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.