Colin Harvey Posted August 6, 2008 Share Posted August 6, 2008 See www.guildhall-compton.org.uk I thought this might be of interest to folk. The Southampton Guildhall Compton Organ has been brought back into full working order. The inaugural recital is 19th October 2008 at 3.30pm with Carlo Curley and Richard Hills. Further details on the website. This organ, Compton's largest all-new installation, is a dual-purpose instrument with two consoles, one controlling the 'classical' pipes of the organ while the other is designed and is connected to the 'theatre' or 'variety' part. It is possible to play both consoles at the same time - quite a spectacle! This organ is quite a marvel of construction: it was designed in collaboration with the Guildhall architects and is an ideal fusion of building and organ. It sits in chambers above the stage, apart from the 32' Diaphone (in full working order) and 32' reed, which are in a pit to stage left of the stage. The electro-mechanical relays have their own room and are in perfect working order after 70 years - it's quite a marvel to see them in operation. The organ lapsed into an unplayable state due to lack of use and poorly managed maintenance. As the organ didn't get used, many of the electro-pnuematic actions leathers (more accurately, rubber-coated cloth called "tosh") seized solid, rendering the pipes off speech. This organ's voicing and regulation are diametrically opposed to what was written about many theatre organs and organs built in the 1930s by early organ reform movement authors. The speech and regulation are excellent and the sounds are musical and sibilant. There is no "thickness" or "heaviness" about the diapasons, despite sitting on 6'' of wind and some being heavily leathered - it challenges the assumption low pressures are necessary for musical speech and sounds. It really is a superb and versatile musical instrument. Specifications (from NPOR): Classical: http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=N11620 Theatre: http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=N18285 Looking through the specs, you'll see it has everything imaginable - second touch, early electronic sounds (a melotone in full working order!), Cornet des Bombardes, etc... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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