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    Daily daily sing to Mary - Chris Lawton at St Begh's Catholic Priory Church, Whitehaven

    Christopher Lawton

    by Christopher Lawton

    Me playing the organ at St Begh's Catholic Priory Church in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

    The organ was built in 1937 by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and in true Compton fashion, the entire instrument is built on the extension principal using 4 ranks of pipes fully enclosed. At St Begh's, the chamber is located on the rear gallery with the sound directed from out the top. The specification reads:

    Bourdon 16'
    Flute 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Tromba Bass 16'
    Great to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal

    Contra Salicional 16'
    Diapason 8'
    Hohl Flute 8'
    Salicional 4'
    Octave 4'
    Salicet 4'
    Twelfth 2.2/3'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Swell to Great

    Hohl Flute 8'
    Salicional 8'
    Flute 4'
    Salicet 4'
    Echo Cymbale III
    Contra Tromba 16'
    Tromba Horn 8'
    Octave Tromba 4'
    Tremulant (affects all divisions)

    4 double touch thumb pistons to Great and Pedal
    4 double touch thumb pistons to Swell and Pedal
    1 canceller thumb piston - Great to Pedal
    1 canceller thumb piston - Swell to Pedal
    1 general cancel thumb piston
    1 balanced expression pedal - organ
    1 balanced expression pedal - crescendo
    Double touch canceller to each division
    2 ventil switches

    For this first video I am playing the Catholic hymn 'Daily, daily sing to Mary' which shows off the main tone colours on this instrument for accompanying congregational hymn singing.

    Many thanks to the parish priest for kindly allowing me access to what could possibly be the only 100% Compton organ remaining in Cumbria.

    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:

    REQUEST: I am always on the lookout for Compton organs to play - particularly electrones - so if you know of any churches which still have these then please do let me know. I will happily give a donation or pay any applicable room hire charge.