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    Fight the good fight - St Michael's Church, Southfields, London

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the organ at St Michael and all Angels Church in Southfields, London.

    The organ was first built in 1893 by Brindley and Foster of Sheffield for Holy Trinity Church in Roehampton. Around six years later, it was purchased and installed here. In 1931, the organ was completely rebuilt by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd for £1200 plus an extra £300 for a blowing plant. The work included the installation of electric action, detached stopkey console and a Clarinet stop. In 1989 the organ was cleaned and overahuled by Kenneth James. The specification reads:

    Sub Bass 32'
    Open Bass 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Echo Bourdon 16'
    Flute 8'
    Cello 8'
    Flute 4'
    Trumpet 16'
    Great to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal

    Bourdon 16'
    Large Open Diapason 8'
    Small Open Diapason 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Dulciana 8'
    Principal 4'
    Harmonic Flute 4'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Nineteenth 1.1/3'
    Double Trumpet 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Clarion 4'
    Swell Sub Octave to Great
    Swell Octave to Great
    Swell to Great

    Geigen Diapason 8'
    Gedeckt 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Voix Celeste 8'
    Principal 4'
    Piccolo 2'
    Mixture III
    Double Trumpet 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Oboe 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Clarion 4'
    Sub Octave

    5 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
    5 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
    5 toe pistons to Pedal and Great
    5 toe pistons to Pedal and Swell
    3 reversible thumb pistons
    1 balanced expression pedal - swell
    1 balanced expression pedal - crescendo
    Double touch canceller to each division
    2 ventil switches

    For this first video I am playing the hymn 'Fight the good fight' to the tune 'Duke Street'.

    Many thanks to the church officials for allowing me access to this wonderful Compton organ.