By Wand Agency
Me playing the organ at the Plaza cinema in Stockport.
The organ was built by the famous John Compton Organ Company Ltd and was ready in time for the opening of the cinema on 6th October 1932. The organ is one of the very few that remains in its original location. The organ has 3 manuals and there are 11 ranks of pipes contained in 2 enclosed chambers (one above the other) situated to the right of the proscenium and speak into the auditorium through ornamental grilles seen at the end of this video. The layout of the organ is as follows:
Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Crash Cymbal, Tap Cymbal, Tom-Tom, Chinese Block, Castanets, Sand Block, Sleigh Bells, Tambourine, Triangle, Chinese Gourds, Bird Whistle, Siren
Marimba, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Chimes
In the first part of the video I ascend on the lift in classic cinema organ style playing a snippet of the Gracie Fields hit 'The first time I saw you' before playing the worship song from Mission Praise 'Jubilate, everybody' which transfers well on the cinema organ.
Being more accustomed to playing church organs im far from a natural cinema organist but it was wonderful to get the opportunity to play a cinema organ in its original location and a superb example of an instrument built by my favourite organ firm - the John Compton Organ Company Ltd.
NOTE: this is purely my interest in order to make sure that these fine organs are archived forever and I do not make any monetary profit by this video being on metacafe.
For more information on the John Compton Organ Company Ltd and to see me play other Compton organs, please click on the following link for my site dedicated to the John Compton Organ Company Ltd: