ORGAN OF THE MONTH 07: January 2003

Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (Compton, 1937)
[refurbishment by Hawkins, 2000]

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We begin the new year with another departure from our usual featured instruments found in a religious setting to what must surely be one of the largest organs for many miles around Birmingham: the Compton in Wolverhampton Civic Hall.  The specification is so unusual and extensive that our normal "Specification" hyperlink (above) will on this occasion divert to the Civic Hall's own website, where other details and photographs of the organ may be found (close the new window to return to this page).

Last November, former Leonard Gibbons prize-winner Keith Hearnshaw gave a recital in the Civic Hall (see photo above) that prompted this feature.  The original Borough Organist, Arnold Richardson, served for 35 years, during which time the organ featured regularly in broadcasts by the BBC.  The present post-holder is Steve Tovey, a theatre organist and theatre organ builder.

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Last modified: December 30, 2002