Wolverhampton Civic Hall is home to the Mighty 4 manual 57 rank Compton organ, originally installed in 1938 as 53 ranks plus a Melotone (electrostatic) unit.
There have only been two Borough Organists, Arnold Richardson (1938-1973) and Steve Tovey (1990 - 2016). Steve became the City Organist in 2000 when Wolverhampton gained City status.
The organ is used for regular light classical and theatre organ concerts and is also, on occasion, used for dancing.
The organ has been enlarged with four theatre organ ranks (Tibia Clausa, English Horn, Brass Saxophone and Kinura) which helps in it's function as a useful Civic organ. The original Compton ranks are still connected and have not been re-voiced or meddled with in any way so as not to destroy what John Compton created.
*** BREAKING NEWS*** It has been decided that the Compton be removed from the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. It is a shame to potentially see another original installation go to waste. Please visit the News page for more information.