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    Behold the mountain of the Lord - Chris Lawton at St Mungo's Catholic Church, Glasgow

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    Christopher Lawton

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    Me playing the organ at St Mungo's Roman Catholic Church in the Townhead part of Glasgow near Queen Street railway station.

    The organ was built in 1951 by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd. The organ uses 8 ranks of pipes which are fully enclosed in 2 chambers situated on each side of the rear gallery and played from a detached stopkey console. The Compton patent 32ft Polyphonic Bass is also included in this fine installation which is enhanced by brilliant acoustics. The specification reads:

    PEDAL
    Sub Bass 32'
    Open Bass 16'
    Sub Bass 16'
    Echo Bass 16'
    Flute 8'
    Flute 4'
    Double Trumpet 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Choir to Pedal
    Great to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal

    CHOIR
    Contra Dulciana 16'
    Second Diapason 8'
    Stopped Diapason 8'
    Harmonic Flute 8'
    Dulciana 8'
    Viola 8'
    Stopped Flute 4'
    Harmonic Flute 4'
    Dulcet 4'
    Octave Viola 4'
    Dulcet Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Dulcet Fifteenth 2'
    Acuta III
    Contra Hautboy 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Hautboy 8'
    Octave Hautboy 4'
    Swell to Choir

    GREAT
    Sub Diapason 16'
    First Diapason 8'
    Second Diapason 8'
    Stopped Diapason 8'
    Dulciana 8'
    Octave 4'
    Stopped Flute 4'
    Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Mixture III
    Swell to Great

    SWELL
    Contra Viola 16'
    Harmonic Flute 8'
    Viola 8'
    Harmonic Flute 4'
    Octave Viola 4'
    Piccolo 2'
    Cymbale III
    Double Trumpet 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Hautboy 8'
    Clarion 4'
    Tremulant

    ACCESSORIES
    6 double touch thumb pistons to Choir and Pedal
    6 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
    6 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
    6 toe pistons to Pedal
    3 canceller thumb pistons - Choir to Pedal, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal
    1 general cancel thumb piston
    1 balanced expression pedal with indicator - chamber 1
    1 balanced expression pedal with indicator - chamber 2
    1 balanced expression pedal with indicator - crescendo
    Double touch canceller to each department
    Ventil switches
    Voltmeter

    For this first video im playing the hymn 'Behold the mountain of the Lord' to the obvious choice of tune 'Glasgow'. This makes use of the main sounds on this fine instrument.

    Many thanks to the officials at St Mungo's Church for allowing me access to this wonderful Compton organ.

    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:

    http://comptonorgans.yolasite.com/