Ready to strike the first note, the Mighty Compton set to rise again - The Solihull Observer

Ready to strike the first note, the Mighty Compton set to rise again

Solihull Editorial 4th Aug, 2021   0

THE Compton rises again!

That’s the message from the Midlands and Wales District of The Cinema Organ Society which treasures and maintains a 1935 Compton organ in Fentham Hall, Hampton in Arden.

The society normally holds a concert on the first Sunday of the month but due to the pandemic the mighty Compton has been silent since March 2019.

But not for much longer as it is hoped to resume the concerts on September 5.




The pipe organ was built by the John Compton Organ Company and was first installed in the Tower Cinema at West Bromwich.

It entertained cinema-going audiences there until its removal in 1965.


Purchased by the society, it was then installed in the recreation suite of Marston Green Hospital, then at St. Martins School in Solihull.

Its last move was in 2002 to its present home at Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, B92 0AH where it now rises from the stage in true ‘Blackpool’ fashion.

The live concert on September 5 will be given by Cameron Lloyd and doors open at 1.30pm, with curtain up at 2.30pm.

Admission £10 on the door, including interval refreshments and parking

Visiting organists play to a wide variety of tastes and offer a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment.

The organ is available for individuals to play, by arrangement.

For more information and reservations call 01564 794778.

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