Coming to play at Old Windsor Memorial Hall is always a real treat for me. I’ve been playing the wonderful Compton Cinema organ there for so many years that it’s like meeting up with an old friend. It’s also nice to see the Hall itself looking so well cared for after it’s recent refurbishment.
The fact that the organ sounds so well and the concerts are so well attended is in no small part due to the dedicated team who look after the instrument, organise the concerts, provide refreshments and do all the other jobs that need doing. To think that an organ which is so old is working perfectly and still produces the sounds of the 1930s – when it was built – is a credit to the John Compton Organ Company who built it and the technicians who maintain it.
The audiences that regularly attend the concerts are well used to my ‘Themed second halves’ and my way of dressing to match the theme! At the February concert we were joined by members of the Theatre Organ Club, who are not at all used to this sort of (some say “over the Top”) presentation. I’m pleased to say that everyone entered into the fun and went home happy, especially the organist!