Compton A320

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Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District

Telephone Number :  01564 794778

Email address :  damon.willetts@cinema-organs.org.uk

Website :  www.cinema-organs.org.uk/districts/midlands%20pages/mw-dw.html

Contact name :  Damon Willetts / Gordon Whitehouse

Venue address : Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, B92 0AH

About Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 NEWS


District secretary, Gordon Whitehouse (01564 794778) recognised that many of our audience may be feeling out of touch with our decisions about future events at Fentham Hall and would therefore invite any of you to call if, at any time, you would like to know the current plans. 

 


We are the custodians of the Compton organ (numbered A320) which was originally installed in the Tower Cinema, West Bromwich. The organ was sold in 1965 to a private buyer who installed it in his home, but he unfortunately died suddenly. His widow sold the organ to the COS in 1967 and it was re-installed at Marston Green Hospital and regular concerts were held.

These concerts continued until 1985 when it was decided the space was needed for a health centre, so the organ had to go.

In 1989 an agreement was signed with the Governors of St Martin's School, Solihull and in 1992 and the Compton was removed from the hospital and installed in the school.

Once again, space being an expensive commodity and the school governors reluctantly announced that they could no longer accommodate the organ and so in 2002 it had to be removed. The search for a venue with long-term commitment ended with the signing of an agreement in January 2002 with the George Fentham Trust.

The organ is now installed in Fentham Hall, which provides ideal acoustics and comfortable accommodation for both the organ and the audiences. It is set in the relaxed and delightful surroundings of Hampton-in-Arden, only a few miles from Solihull and also has easy access and ample parking. The hall is now actively used for a wide variety of functions and is foremost in the social and leisure activities of the local community.

 

All our concerts for 2021 and 2022 start at 14:30

Admission: £9 members / £10 non-members

 

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Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District's Concert Diary

2021
September 5thCameron Lloyd
October 3rdDavid Ivory
November 7thByron Jones B.E.M
December 5thNicholas Martin B.E.M.
2022
February 6thAndrew Nix
March 6thAndrew Gilbert
April 3rdLen Rawle
May 1stChris Powell (more details)

2.30 pm

June 5thMichael Carter
July 3rdAlec Walters
August 7thDavid Lobban
September 4thSimon Gledhill
October 2ndDorian Collins
November 6thDamon Willetts (more details)

with Cameron Lloyd

November 6thCameron Lloyd (more details)

with Damon Willetts

December 4thMatthew Bason
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