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Bilston Town Hall Compton

The 2/5 and Melotone Compton (No. A360) 
organ was opened in December 1936 by Neville Turner. 
The pipework was installed in a large chamber to the 
left of the proscenium arch and the console (complete 
with illuminated surround) was installed on a central
lift in the orchestra pit. It is believed that the organ 
cost nearly £8,000.

 

The instrument was relatively small having only 
five ranks of pipes. Alongside the usual real 
percussion instruments was an Electrostatic Melotone 
unit which provided a Vibraphone effect as well as a whole host of other electric sounds.

In 1967, the organ was installed at Weavers Road School in Wellingborough where regular concerts were held into the early 1980's. The organ became used less and eventually, it sat practically forgotten until in 2004, members of CCOC made enquiries about it. This led to it's eventual purchase in 2007.

 

Bilston Town Hall was officially re-opened on Friday 19th September 2010 by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Mrs Christine Mills. Prior to this, the Compton organ was played in its new home for the first time by Cameron Lloyd whilst champagne was served to the invited guests. Lord and Lady Turner of Bilston were also in attendance as well as several Council officials and past Mayors.

 

The Compton is now used every Thursday, for tea dances, with Cameron Lloyd at both the Compton and Yamaha organs. 

 

Ranks:

 

  • Tibia Clausa
  • Vox Humana
  • Tuba
  • Flute
  • Cello

 

The future plan is to enlarge the organ by another few ranks.

The 2/5 and Melotone Compton (No. A360) organ was opened in December 1936 by Neville Turner. The pipework was...

Posted by Cannock Chase Organ Club on Friday, 28 October 2011
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