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    The feast is ready - Chris Lawton at Southampton Guildhall

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the 'variety console' of the organ at the Guildhall, Southampton.

    Being a Compton organ enthusiast, a visit to this organ was an absolute MUST!!!! It is the only one of its type in the world and the largest instrument which the John Compton Organ Company Ltd ever produced. Opened in 1937, there are about 40 ranks of pipes enclosed in 3 chambers above the stage plus the patent Compton melotone unit. What makes this organ extra special is that there are 2 consoles - 1 theatre and 1 classical - operating the relevant sections.

    For this first video im playing the lively worship song by Graham Kendrick 'The feast is ready' on the theatre (also called the 'variety') console of the organ. In the first verse can be heard the powerful Tuba and in the last verse I use the melotone's Vibraphone effect.

    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.