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    Hark! The sound of Holy voices - Chris Lawton at All Saint's Church, Clayton West, Wakefield

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the organ at All Saint's Church in the village of Clayton West near Wakfield, West Yorkshire.

    The organ was installed here in 1951 to replace a previous instrument. It was built by the famous 'John Compton Organ Company Ltd' and is the 'Miniatura' model. There are 3 ranks of pipes - Open Diapason, Hohl Flute and Gemshorn - all enclosed in a chamber in true Compton style and speak through into the chancel via an ornamental grille. The specification reads:

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

    Tenordon 16'
    Diapason 8'
    Gemshorn 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Octave 4'
    Gemshorn 4'
    Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Super Octave 2'
    Solo to Great

    Contra Flute 16'
    Diapason 8'
    Gemshorn 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Gemshorn 4'
    Flute 4'
    Nazard 2.2/3'
    Flautino 2'
    Tremulant (affects whole organ)

    3 thumb pistons to Great
    3 thumb pistons to Solo
    1 reverse thumb piston - Great to Pedal
    1 reverse thumb piston - Solo to Pedal
    1 balanced expression pedal - Diapason, Gemshorn and Flute
    1 balanced expression pedal - Crescendo
    Double touch canceller to each department

    For this first video im playing the hymn 'Hark! The sound of Holy voices' to the tune 'Deerhurst' which shows off the main sounds on this instrument.

    Many thanks to organist Jonathan Newcombe for allowing me access to this splendid 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.