He's got the whole world in his hands - Chris Lawton at Epiphany Church, Oxley, Wolverhampton

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Me playing the organ at Church of the Epiphany in the Oxley area of Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

The organ here is not the usual church instrument! It was originally built by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd in 1930 for the Windsor Cinema in Bearwood, Birmingham and had 9 ranks of pipes. In 1960 it was removed from the cinema and installed here minus the Vox Humana rank and the percussions and novelty effects. Some modifications were also made to the console. The pipework is installed in 2 fully enclosed chambers which speak through grilles either side of the communion area. The specification now reads:

PEDAL
Acoustic Bass 32'
Diaphone 16'
Bourdon 16'
Diapason 8'
Tibia 8'
Flute 8'
Viole 8'
Octave 4'
Tuba 16'
Tuba 8'
Manual I to Pedal
Manual II to Pedal
Manual III to Pedal

MANUAL I
Diapason 8'
Flute 8'
Viole 8'
Strings 8'
Flute 4'
Violin 4'
Flautino 2'
Tuba 8'
Clarion 4'
Clarinet 16'
Clarinet 8'
Manual II to Manual I Sub Octave
Manual II to Manual I Unison
Manual II to Manual I Octave

MANUAL II
Contra Viole 16'
Diapason 8'
Tibia 8'
Flute 8'
Viole 8'
Octave 4'
Tibia 4'
Flute 4'
Violin 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Flautino 2'
Tierce 1.3/5'
Tuba 8'
Clarion 4'
Manual I to Manual II
Manual III to Manual II

MANUAL III
Bourdon 16'
Diapason 8'
Tibia 8'
Flute 8'
Viole 8'
Strings 8'
Octave 4'
Tibia 4'
Tibia Twelfth 2.2/3'
Piccolo 2'
Mixture III
Clarinet 8'
Tuba 8'
Clarion 4'
Sub Octave
Octave

TREMULANTS
Clarinet
Viole-Strings-Flute

ACCESSORIES
6 double touch thumb pistons to Manual I and Pedal
6 double touch thumb pistons to Manual II and Pedal
6 double touch thumb pistons to Manual III and Pedal
6 toe pistons to Pedal
1 balanced expression pedal to chamber 2
1 balanced expression pedal to chamber 2
Double touch canceller to each department

For this first video im playing the lively hymn 'He's got the whole world in his hands' which makes use of the distinctive Compton Tuba stop as well as pulling out some of the cinema sounds.

Many thanks to the officials of Church of the Epiphany 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/

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