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Please use the links on the left to explore the sights and sounds of the Mighty Pipes in the Peaks Compton Organ…

Specification

The Compton Organ was originally 6 Ranks when it was installed in both the Cinema, and its previous home. Being of a smaller size, it was also equipped with Compton’s Patent Melotone attachment, which unfortunately is now no longer part of the organ.

The original 6 ranks were:

Metal Tibia (16-2)
Concert Flute (8-2)
Viole (8-4)
Tuba Horn (16-4)
Muted Trumpet (8)
Open Diapason (8-4)

Standard percussion’s were also fitted to the organ:

Glockenspiel
Xylophone

Crash Cymbal, Cymbal Tap & Roll, Train Whistle, Steam Boat Whistle, Castanets, Bass Drum Roll and Tap P and F, Snare Drum Roll, Klaxon, Siren, Tambourine, Tom-Tom, Triangle, Bird Whistle, Sleigh Bells and Sand Block.

During the installation by Dave in his Garage Showroom, the organ has not only been revoiced and regulated, but also enlarged with the following:

Player Piano
Vox Humana (8)
Kinura (8)
Krumet (8)
Brass Saxophone (8)
Wooden Tibia (8-2)
English Horn (16-8)
Diaphone (16)
Bourdon (16)
Viole Celeste (8tc-4)
Cello (8-4)
Cello Celeste (8tc-4)
Brass Trumpet (8)
Clarinet (8)
Quintadena (8)

Cathedral Chimes (previously generated by the Melotone unit)
Vibraphone/Chrysoglott (previously generated by the Melotone unit)
Piano Accordion
61-note Marimba Harp
18-note Tuned Birds
Extended Toy Counter
Compton Solo Cello
Full Automated Drum Kit
External Tibia Bass
Tuned Sleigh Bells
Windchimes
5 Temple Blocks
Cowbell

Series 3 Melotone

Blackpool enthusiasts will also be pleased to note that Compton is now fitted with the Quint and Tierce ranks – due to the increasing number of instruments in the UK enhanced to this specification, such fine examples have been exceptionally difficult to obtain.

Concert Photographs

Chris Powell 2015

Pipes in the Peaks Summer BBQ with Christian Cartwright

Phil Kelsall 2015

1950s and 1960s Tribute Evening with Stephen Foulkes 2015

Christian Cartwright Christmas Spectacular 2014

Robert Wolfe 2014

Last Night Of The Proms 2014

Starring Resident Organist Stephen Foulkes and the singing organist Michael Maine

Kevin Grunill 2014

Pipes in the Peaks Summer Barbeque

Starring Resident Organist Christian Cartwright, Robert Taylor and Ivan Ball

Kevin Grunill 2014

Phil Kelsall 2014

1940s Tribute Evening 2013

Starring Resident Organist Stephen Foulkes and Linda Perry Smith

Christmas 2010

A few pictures from our 2010 Christmas Concerts…  Even with the real Christmas weather outside, we still managed to get almost full houses at each of the 4 concerts!


Robert Wolfe 2010


The 2010 – 40’s Night

Stephen Foulkes re-creates some of the ever popular music from the 1940’s, with special guest star Ivan Ball on vocals and Saxophone.

Online Videoclips

Here are some video featuring Resident Organists Christian Cartwright and Stephen Foulkes at the Pipes in the Peaks Compton

CD Recordings

A New CD by Christian Cartwright

The CD features all parts of organ is use, the vibraphone, marimba and accordion plus more! See how many of them you can here in action?!

Also included on the CD are two tracks featuring the amazing Tenor Singer Philip Cartwright.

“Tuned Up 2!” by Christian Cartwright

This is the second recording by Christian Cartwright, and this celebrates the 70th birthday of the Mighty Compton installed here at Pipes in the Peaks.


Tenor Singer Philip Cartwright
1 I’LL TAKE THE LEGS FROM SOME OLD TABLE 2 ANSWER ME, MY LOVE 3 AS TIME GOES BY

4 Cha Cha Chas – THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH,  ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY

5 BECAUSE (featuring Philip Cartwright)

6 ALL ALONE IN VIENNA

7 EVERY DAY IS LADIES DAY WITH ME

8 MORGENS UM SIEBEN

9 HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL

10 Smiling Selection – I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN, THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE,  I LOVE THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE

11 AND THIS IS MY BELOVED

12 MOONGLOW

13 USA Pizza Parlour Selection – ARMY AIR CORPS SONG, MARINES HYMN, THE BATTLE HYMN, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG

14 MY DEAREST DEAR (featuring Philip Cartwright)

15 Quickstep Medley – YOU CAN’T STOP ME FROM DREAMING, HOME IN PASADENA

16 I’M FALLING IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE

17 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE

18 Hits from the ’60s – BLUE VELVET, FLY ME TO THE MOON,  DOWNTOWN, YOU’RE 16, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, AND YOU’RE MINE

(Recording 73 minutes)


Debut CD by Our Assistant Organist… SOLD OUT!

“Tuned Up!” by Christian Cartwright

Maybe a new name to many, but no doubt not a new face to our friends who regularly visit “Pipes in the Peaks”.  Concert days sees Christian working on the AV desk, and often serving at the Bar during our Saturday Night parties – to name but a few of the jobs from “behind the scenes”.

This is Christians first recording, where he has chosen a selection of music, which show off the wide range of both the instruments on the organ and how the Compton can be adapted to many playing styles.

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Saturday 7th March 2004 saw Dovedale Garage turn into a high-tech recording studio.

Recording the “Trolley Song”

Hopefully, there’s something to suit everyone – from some subtle “smoochy” sounds to toe tapping favorites – and Cathedral like harmony to Jazz Band “razzamataz”.  All the songs played are his own arrangements, which have been influenced by not only organists, but from his wider musical interests on both sides of the Atlantic.While featuring popular songs which have evolved during the earlier years of the Comptons life, some of the music has been arranged to reflect playing styles which Christian feels are important – as it brings the mightiest of instruments closer to the interests of our wider audience.  “Pipes in the Peaks” have always aimed to make the Compton visually entertaining to a wide range of ages and music tastes, so Christian has kept the theme running by presenting music which features the various instruments on the organ in songs old and new, using his own new musical ideas .
Programme

  1. WASHINGTON POST MARCH Promises a rousing start!
  2. HELLO AGAIN A melodic song by Neil Diamond, featuring the Chrysoglott.
  3. THE LADY IS A TRAMP, I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, LETS FACE THE MUSIC Contrasting toe tappers…
  4. I KNOW WHY The well known hit, showing off some of the quieter sounds and cymbals
  5. YES SIR! THAT’S MY BABY A hugely popular and unique arrangement highlighting a few of the “novelty” sounds available from the pipes
  6. JEZEBEL, ARRIVEDERCI ROMA A dramatic start to 2 pleasing numbers
  7. UNFORGETTABLE Arranged to show some of the capabilities for American-style sounds…
  8. MOONLIGHT HAWAII Imagine a quiet desert island – featuring the Marimba and a light Rhumba rhythm
  9. Hits of the 60’s Collection – RAINING IN MY HEART, ALL I HAVE TO DO (IS DREAM OF YOU), GEORGY GIRL, MARY LOU Some popular hits from one of the best musical decades, which are loved at our Saturday Night Parties
  10. LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH From quiet solo flutes to full Cathedral harmony to a “peaceful” finish
  1. TILL THERE WAS YOU Showing off the Vibraphone, which always turns heads on concert
  2. 76 TROMBONES A lively number presenting plenty of trumpet stops as they go marching by…
  3. TROLLEY SONG After seeing a Blackpool Tram in San Francisco – here we have a song featuring both American and “British Entertainment” styles of playing!
  4. MEMORIES OF YOU, LULLABY OF BIRDLAND A unique Jazz-band type arrangement showing off the percussions and reeds
  5. IT’S A SMALL WORLD Be taken on a journey from “Country Dancing”, a “Waltz in France” and a “Tango in Spain”!
  6. PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE Another descriptive melody in semi-American mode
  7. GAL IN CALICO, YOU ARE MY LUCKY STAR, DON’T SIT UNDER THE APPLE TREE Finishing off in a happy mood with 3 up-beat melodies…

Running Time approximately 67 minutes 34 seconds.

Recording PIP001 “Tuned Up!” –


Pipes in the Peaks Featured on Phil Kelsall’s Video

Summer Nights Video by Phil Kelsall

You can now see live footage of the world famous Fhil Kelsall in concert at Pipes in the Peaks, which was recorded during his 2002 concert!

The video features closeups of the master of the triple keyboards (and pedalboard) in action, the turntable in action, views of some of the percussions and accordian playing, and of the capacity audience.

There is also a short chat with Phil and Dave in the chamber, along with a little more “behind the scenes” footage prior to the concert!

As you would expect, the Tower Ballroom WurliTzer takes pride of place, along with tracks featuring his Technics SX-FA1 at Lytham Hall.

Videos are available from Phil Kelsall via his concert stalls or website.

Songs featured at the Compton

  1. On My Own
  2. Latin Selection, featuring – Wedding Samba, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, Manana, The Carioca and The Mexican Hat Dance

John Mann Recording at Pipes in the Peaks

Pipes in the Peaks is proud to present our first ever CD recording, played by one of Britains leading organists, John Mann.John provides 70 minutes of excellent playing, in his unmistakable style featuring many great songs, that You’ll love to hear!Whether You’ve been to Pipes in the Peaks, and would like to go home with a souvenir recording, or if You want to listen to Mr Sussex by the Sea getting some of the best sounds out of a British Cinema Organ, then this one is a must!
Programme

  1. Marching Strings
  2. The Way You Look Tonight
  3. Jumpin’ Charlie
  4. Elizabethan Serenade
  5. Jealousy
  6. Left Bank 2 (Vision On)
  7. Medley – Yes Sir, Thats My Baby – I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight!
  8. The Whistler and His Dog
  9. medley – Blue Skies – Blue Skies Are Around the Corner
  10. Country Gardens
  1. The Grenadiers
  2. Dance of the Three Old Maids
  3. Haunting Rag
  4. Irving Berlin Medley – Cheek to Cheek – Top Hat, White Tie and Tails – Stepping Out with My Baby
  5. Circus Renz (On the Tracks)
  6. Knightsbridge March (In Town Tonight)
  7. Deanna Durbin Medley – Can’t Help Singing – Amapola – Waltzing in the Clouds
  8. Highland Route March
  9. Dizzy Fingers
  10. Dream

The CD is available via John Mann at his concert events, or from OS Recording, Recording Number OS255.

See the Compton

This is your chance to see the ex-Regal/ABC Compton.  This page make take longer to download due to the number of pictures contained on it  Click on a picture to get a closer view!


All of the pictures contained are as the organ is installed at ‘Pipes In The Peaks’.

Console:

The Compton Console.
Close up of console, showing the recent addition of the drawer to augment the number of stops available to the organist.

Pipe Chamber:



Left-hand side of Pipe Chamber.

Ranks in this side are from Left to Right:-

Tibia 1, Brass Trumpet, Clarinet, Vox Humana, English Horn, Viol, Open Diapason, Viol Celeste, and Concert Flute.

On the rear wall can be seen the 8′ Viol pipes. 8′ Cello pipes, and the larger 16′ English Horn.

Right-hand side of Pipe Chamber

Ranks in this side are from Left to Right:-

Cello Celeste, Quintadena, Cello, Tuba Horn, Muted Trumpet, Kinura, Krumet, Tibia 2, Brass Saxophone.

On the far left wall can be seen the wooden Bourdon and metal Diaphone, on the back wall is the 16′ Tuba, just in front the 8′ Tibia 2, and on the right can be seen the Xylophone and Glockenspiel units.


Automated Drum Kit:

?The fully automated drum kit.  Drum kit includes,

Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Rim shot, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, High Hat Open, High Hat Closed, High Hat Tap, Splash Cymbal, China Crash, Bell, Ride 1, Crash 1, Ride 2, Crash 2, Clave, Tambourine, Wood Block, Cow Bell, Temple Blocks.

All instruments have complete expression from silent to full volume.  All the instruments are timed precisely to within one thousandth of a second!


Compton Solo Cello:

The very rare Compton Solo Cello.  A single string is located on the left hand side of the unit, with 37 fingers that produce each of the notes.  The unit can only play a single note at a time, always the highest of a chord.  At the bottom of the string is the mechanical circular bow, which just like the real bow in a orchestra also requires rosin to be applied.  Beside the bow is an electromagnetic pickup device, not dissimilar to the principle used in an electric guitar, which is fed into an amplifier and speaker.  At the bottom of the unit is an electric motor which drives the bowing and vibrato on the unit.  Seen on the right hand side, is the control linkage and spring arrangement used to control the string tension which applies the vibrato.

Piano Accordion:

A real Piano Accordion, which is played directly from the organ

Toy Counter:

Main Toy Counter Unit includes,

Bass Drum F and P, Bass Drum Roll, Snare Drum, Syren, Bird Whistle, Wood Block, Sleigh Bells, Castanets, Tambourine, Steamboat Whistle, Engine Whistle, Cymbal Tap, Cymbal Roll, Tom Tom, Triangle, Sand Block.

Crash Cymbal.


Vibraphone:

A Compton Vibraphone.  Control 37 notes.  Can either be used as a Vibraphone by the means of butterflies spinning in the resonators, or as a Chrysoglott.

Xylophone and Glockenspiel:

Left – Xylophone 37 notes

Right – Glockenspiel 37 notes


Piano:

Upright Broadwood Piano attachment, which can be played directly from the organ, with keys that appear to move “as if by magic”

Cathedral Chimes:

20 note Compton Cathedral Chimes.

Marimba:

Here is the 61note Deagan Marimba. It runs on 12inch Water Gauge of Wind Pressure, and took a whole day to lift it’s 4 sections into place, after weeks of painstaking renovation and releathering.

It is believed to be the largest compass instrument fitted to a Cinema Organ in the UK.  This plays a full 61 notes.

Secondary Toy Counter:

Located on this unit as designed and manufactured by Pipes in the Peaks are:-

Jazz Cymbal F and P, Brush Cymbal, Splash Cymbal, Cop Whistle, and Sante Fe Whistle.


Tuned Birds, Duck and Owl:

The Compton has a set of 18-note tuned bird whistles, based on those sometimes fitted to Christie organs in the 1930’s.  The 18 pre-tuned pipes sit upside-down in a bath of water, and have some flying birds to add to the amusement.   There are  owl and duck effects too.



Screen:

The Compton with Resident Organist Christian Cartwright playing with the screen in a tribute selection to ‘The Beatles’.

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