Abide with me - Chris Lawton at St Lawrence Church, Eastcote, London

Christopher Lawton
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Me playing the organ at St Lawrence Church in Eastcote near Harrow, Middlesex.

The organ was built for the church in around 1936 by the John Compton organ Company Ltd and contains 4 ranks of pipes (Diapason, Flute, Salicional, Tromba) all fully enclosed in a chamber on the south side of the chancel opposite the detached stopkey console. The specification reads:

Bourdon 16'
Echo Bass 16'
Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Tromba 16'
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Contra Salicional 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Hohl Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Octave 4'
Salicet 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Swell to Great

Hohl Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Flute 4'
Salicet 4'
Echo Cymbale III
Contra Tromba 16'
Tromba Minor 8'
Octave Tromba 4'

4 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
4 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
2 Pedal coupler canceller thumb pistons
1 balanced expression pedal - organ
1 balanced expression pedal - Crescendo
Ventil switches
Double touch canceller to each department

For my first video im playing the well known hymn 'Abide with me' to the tune 'Evensong' which shows off the main sounds on this instrument.

Many thanks to Tessa Maude for allowing me access to this wonderful unspoilt example of an instrument built by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd.

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 dailymotion.

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: