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    Rock of ages, cleft for me - Chris Lawton at Wesley Methodist Church, Kingswood, Bristol

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    Me playing the organ at Wesley Methodist Church in Kingswood, Bristol.

    The organ here was originally built by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd in 1965 for Speedwell Methodist Church, Bristol and cost £782. It came here to Wesley in 2004. It is the rare HE2 with theatre organ specification including Vibraphone and Chimes effects but also ideal for accompanying hymn singing. The specification reads:

    PEDAL
    Contra Bass 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Flute 8'
    Flute 4'

    LOWER
    Bass Flute 8'
    Tuba 8'
    Flute 8'
    Vox Humana 8'
    String 8'
    Flute 4'
    String 4'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Mute

    UPPER
    Horn 16'
    Tibia 16'
    Tibia 8'
    Trumpet 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Oboe 8'
    Cello 8'
    Tibia 4'
    Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Piccolo 2'
    Vibraphone
    Chimes
    Mute

    GENERAL
    Vibrato On
    Vibrato Heavy/Light
    Vibrato Fast/Slow
    Bass Sustain
    Treble Sustain
    Reverberation

    PRESETS
    Diapason Chorus
    Baroque Chorus
    Full Swell

    For this first video im playing the hymn 'Rock of ages, cleft for me' to the tune 'Petra' to show off the organs capabilities as a church instrument. The Chimes stop can be heard at the very end.

    Many thanks to the stewards here for allowing me access to this wonderful and now rare model of Compton electronic 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/