ORGAN OF THE MONTH 72: June 2008

St Anne's RC, Digbeth
(John Compton, circa 1940)

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Members of BOA gathered at the end of April in at St Anne's for a evening of "Music for Small Organs" during which members of Council played music ranging from William Byrd to a piece by Malcolm Archer recently published by the IAO.

This four-rank extension organ is typical of several installed by Comptons in Birmingham churches during the 1930s and '40s..  All the pipes are enclosed, apart from the bottom octave of the Bourdon and the Sub Bass 32ft, which is a "Compton Cube" producing eight notes, the bottom five being all the same (on the grounds that, at such low pitch, it's difficult to tell the difference!).  It benefits from the generous acoustic of the church, and is remarkably effective for such an economical use of pipes.

The organ is currently in the care of Cousans Organs of Leicester.


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