Thou, whose almighty word - Chris Lawton at Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth

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Me playing the organ at Holy Trinity Church in Exmouth, Devon.

The organ here was originally built in 1953 by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and incorporated pipework from the previous 2 manual instrument by H Dicker of Exeter. In true Compton fashion, all the companies patents are employed including the 32ft polyphonic bass and extension of the pipework which is housed behind the casework of the original instrument on the north side of the chancel. The detached horseshoe console is situated on the opposite side of the chancel. In 2002, the organ was restored by Michael Farley of nearby Sidmouth which included the installation of a piston capture system. The specification reads:

Sub Bass 32'
Diapason 16'
Violone 16'
Bourdon 16'
Quint 10.2/3'
Octave 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Flute 4'
Trombone 16'
Double Trumpet 8'
Tromba 8'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'
Choir to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Gamba 8'
Claribel Flute 8'
Stopped Flute 4'
Salicet 4'
Harmonic Piccolo 2'
Clarinet 8'
Oboe 8'
Tromba 8'
Clarion 4'
Swell to Choir

Violone 16'
First Diapason 8'
Second Diapason 8'
Open Flute 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Twelfth 2.2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Tromba 8'
Clarion 4'
Choir to Great
Swell to Great

Diapason 8'
Gedact 8'
Salicional 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Open Flute 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Double Trumpet 16'
Trumpet 8'
Cornopean 8'
Hautboy 8'
Clarion 4'
Sub Octave

6 thumb pistons to Choir
6 thumb pistons to Great and Pedal duplicated by toe pistons
6 thumb pistons to Swell duplicated by toe pistons
8 general thumb pistons
6 reversible thumb and toe pistons
1 general cancel thumb piston
1 setter thumb piston
1 balanced expression pedal - choir
1 balanced expression pedal - swell
Double touch canceller to each division

For this first video im playing the hymn 'Thou, whose almighty word' to the tune 'Moscow' which makes use of the main sounds on the organ for accompanying congregational hymn singing.

Many thanks to the church officials for allowing me access to this fine 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: