Lucien Nunes Posted September 8, 2017 Share Posted September 8, 2017 To celebrate 80 years of the SGH Compton, we are offering a novel view of the instrument on Oct. 1st 2017, in an afternoon of demonstrations, talks, brief open-console sessions and a 1-hour performance by Richard Hills. Compton opus A269 of 1937 is a multi-purpose civic-hall instrument comprising 50 ranks on 41 units, playable from two 4m consoles; one theatre-style and one classical, with resources and playing aids configured for the different repertoires. It can be played as a nearly-straight romantic or a very comprehensive unified orchestral / theatre instrument that excels at light music. With its original specification, voicing and action fully intact, Southampton is a textbook example of the work of the Compton firm, on which account it holds a grade 1 HOC. Also incorporated is 'Melotone' electrostatic tone generator serial No.1, a very early example of the integration of an electronic voice within a pipe organ. Dr. George Thalben-Ball was consultant and performed the inaugural concert. Two NPOR entries refer, one per console: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N11620 http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N18285 Opportunities to see and hear this organ are limited to a few days per year due to it being within a commercially-operated modern music venue. For the anniversary, we had originally considered a concert with added chamber tours. With physical accessibility proving rather an obstacle, an alternative format was devised where a roving camera in the chambers will interact with a presenter on stage, relaying live images onto the big screen during a descriptive talk and demonstration of the voicing and resources of the instrument. As well as a comprehensive show-and-tell of the pipework, if things work out to plan we might even see such details as the inside of a unit chest being played and direct-electric combination capture action operating. We hope this will allow everyone in the audience to have a 'look around' the organ in comfort and safety. Come and see; hear; possibly play (if you are a player and you draw a lucky straw for an open-console slot) and talk Compton during the interval (refreshments available) - we are a friendly crowd! 02 Southampton Guildhall, West Marlands Road, Southampton SO14 7LP. 2pm 1/10/17 Tickets £12 / £10 concs. from the box office: 023 8063 2601 or at https://academymusicgroup.com/o2guildhallsouthampton/events/1014825/compton-organ-open-day-featuring-richard-hills-tickets We look forward to meeting you there Lucien Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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