The pages below detail the history of the organ, give the technical description and provide access to a range of related photographs.

History

Photographs

The Specifications

This promotional film  on YouTube, was made by the John Compton Organ Ltd for the Ideal Home Exhibition in London in 1936. It was a silent film reportedly accompanied by Quentin Maclean demonstrating one of the first Compton ‘electrone’ organs.

The film shows a cinema organ under construction at the factory of the John Compton Organ Company Ltd in North Acton, London and a whole variety of action can be seen from the drawing office to voicing of pipes, to engraving of stops to the testing of a melotone unit.

Sound was added later of different organists playing Compton cinema organs including Reginald Porter-Brown and Dudley Savage.

Reginald Porter Brown was the resident organist at the Southampton Guildhall and he gave a concert at Old Windsor in 1971, just before he died.

Dudley Savage gave several concerts at Old Windsor, the first being in 1980. In those days he was on the BBC every Sunday morning at 7:30, broadcasting from the ABC Plymouth . His programme was called ‘As Prescribed’ and the public would request music for him to play. He had local relations in Burnham where he stayed on concert days. He was very pro Compton organs.

 

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