The Fentham Hall Compton Organ

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Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District

Telephone Number :  0121 421 4420

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

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

Contact name :  Damon Willetts

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

About Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District

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 2017 start at 14:30

From 2018 all concerts will start at 2pm with doors opening 30 minutes prior

 

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2018 Concert Programme

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

2017
February 5thMichael Carter (more details)

Organists on Parade : Featuring Alan Berrisford, Gordon Whitehouse, Richard Morgan & Michael Carter

February 5thOrganists on Parade (more details)

Alan Berrisford, Gordon Whitehouse, Richard Morgan, Michael Carter

April 2ndKeith Beckingham
May 7thMichael Wooldridge
June 4thScott Harrison (Australia)
July 2ndCameron Lloyd (more details)

With Declan Poole

July 30thATOS Young Organists Competition
August 6thChris Powell
September 3rdSimon Gledhill
October 1stMark Laflin
November 5thHoward Beaumont
2018
February 4thCameron Lloyd (more details)

Midlands Trio

February 4thDamon Willetts (more details)

Midlands Trio

February 4thMichael Carter (more details)

Midlands Trio

March 4thNigel Ogden
April 1stAndrew Nix
May 6thJoe Marsh
June 3rdDavid Lobban
July 1stByron Jones
August 5thKevin Morgan
September 2ndLen Rawle
October 7thStephen Austin
November 4thKevin Grunill B.A. (Hons)
December 2ndNicholas Martin B.E.M.