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 start at 14:30
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|February 5th||Michael Carter (more details)|
Organists on Parade : Featuring Alan Berrisford, Gordon Whitehouse, Richard Morgan & Michael Carter
|February 5th||Organists on Parade (more details)|
Alan Berrisford, Gordon Whitehouse, Richard Morgan, Michael Carter
|March 5th||Robert Wolfe|
|April 2nd||Keith Beckingham|
|May 7th||Michael Wooldridge|
|June 4th||Scott Harrison (Australia)|
|July 2nd||Cameron Lloyd (more details)|
With Declan Poole
|July 30th||ATOS Young Organists Competition|
|August 6th||Chris Powell|
|September 3rd||Simon Gledhill|
|October 1st||Mark Laflin|
|November 5th||Howard Beaumont|
|December 3rd||John Mann|
|April 1st||Andrew Nix|