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    Standing in the need of prayer - Chris Lawton at Christ Church, Walmsley, Bolton

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    Me playing the organ at Christ Church in Walmsley near Bolton, Lancashire.

    The organ was installed in the late 1960s by Ronald Curtis of cinema organ fame to replace a previous instrument. The console and some of the pipework was originally at the Odeon cinema in Bolton with other pipework coming from other redundant Compton cinema organs including the Paramount cinema in Liverpool. Although the essential cinema ranks such as a Tibia and Vox Humana are no longer on this instrument, their is a Glockenspiel percussion stop which can be heard in this video. The console is located on the left hand side of the church by the choir with the pipework fully enclosed in a chamber on the right hand side originally used by the previous instrument. The specification reads:

    PEDAL
    Acoustic Bass 32'
    Tuba Bass 16'
    Diapason 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Tuba 8'
    Diapason 8'
    Bass Flute 8'
    Violoncello 8'
    Flute 8'
    Flute 4'
    Accompaniment to Pedal
    Great to Pedal
    Solo to Pedal

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Clarinet 16'
    Contra Viola 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Tuba 8'
    Diapason 8'
    Claribel Flute 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Viola 8'
    Viole Celeste 8'
    Flute 8'
    Clarion 4'
    Octave 4'
    Claribel Flute 4'
    Clarinet 4'
    Flute 4'
    Violin 4'
    Violin Celeste 4'
    Viola Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Violette 2'
    Flautino 2'

    GREAT
    Contra Tuba 16'
    Diapason 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Tuba 8'
    Diapason 8'
    Claribel Flute 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Viola 8'
    Viole Celeste 8'
    Flute 8'
    Trumpet 4'
    Clarion 4'
    Octave 4'
    Claribel Flute 4'
    Flute 4'
    Violin 4'
    Violin Celeste 4'
    Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Flautino 2'
    Tierce 1.3/5'
    Larigot 1.1/3'
    Twenty Second 1'
    Glockenspiel 4'
    Solo to Great

    SOLO
    Double Trumpet 16'
    Diapason 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Tuba 8'
    Diapason 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Trumpet 4'
    Tuba 4'
    Octave 4'
    Sub Octave
    Unison Off
    Octave
    Great to Solo

    ACCESSORIES
    8 thumb pistons to Accompaniment
    8 thumb pistons to Great
    6 thumb pistons to Solo
    6 toe pistons to Pedal
    2 tremulants
    2 balanced expression pedals - organ
    1 balanced expression pedal - crescendo
    1 setter thumb piston
    1 general cancel thumb piston

    For this first hymn im playing the worship song 'Standing in the need of prayer' which makes use of the cinema organ sounds including the Glockenspiel.

    Many thanks to the wardens of Christ 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/