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    We have a gospel to proclaim - Chris Lawton at St Albans Church, Golders Green, London

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the organ at St Albans Church in Golders Green, London.

    The organ here is a stunning instrument built for the then new church in 1933 by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd for the sum of £1750. It was not one of their standard models. The organ has all the Compton features such as the 32ft polyphonic bass and built on the extension principal consisting of 9 ranks of pipes all fully enclosed in 2 chambers on each side of the south transept screened by carved oak panels. The console is located on the north side of the choir chancel. This instrument is a particularly fine example of the work of the John Compton Organ Company Ltd. The specification reads:

    Subbass 32'
    Contra Bass 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Salicional 16'
    Flute 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Flute 4'
    Harmonics VI
    Trombone 16'
    Bassoon 16'
    Hautboy 8'
    Great to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal

    Bourdon 16'
    Contra Salicional 16'
    First Diapason 8'
    Second Diapason 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Octave 4'
    Stopped Flute 4'
    Salicet 4'
    Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Superoctave 2'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Larigot 1.1/3'
    Octavin 1'
    Trumpet 8'
    Swell to Great

    Contra Salicional 16'
    Second Diapason 8'
    Stopped Diapason 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Vox Angelica 8'
    Open Flute 4'
    Salicet 4'
    Vox Angelica 4'
    Nazard 2.2/3'
    Flautino 2'
    Cymbale III
    Bassoon 16'
    Trumpet 8'
    Hautboy 8'
    Clarion 4'

    6 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
    6 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
    6 toe pistons to Pedal and Great
    6 toe pistons to Pedal and Swell
    1 balanced expression pedal - organ
    1 balanced expression pedal - crescendo
    Double touch canceller to each division
    Ventil switches

    For this first video im playing the hymn 'We have a gospel to proclaim' to the tune 'Fulda' which shows off the main tone colours on this instrument used for accompanying congregational hymn singing. The wonderful acoustics are evident throughout. Unfortunately my camera picked up the sounds of the church heating system but hopefully this wont be to much of a distraction.

    Many thanks to Vince Rodriguez for inviting me to play 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: