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.
Our concerts start at 2.30pm
Admission: £9 members / £10 non-members
|February 5th||Damon Willetts (more details)|
|February 5th||David Lobban (more details)|
|March 5th||Stephen Austin|
|April 2nd||Declan Poole|
|May 7th||David Lowe|
|June 4th||Michael Wooldridge|
|July 2nd||David Ivory|
|October 1st||Richard Hills|
|November 5th||Michael Carter|
|December 3rd||Organists on Parade|
|February 4th||Andrew Nix|
|March 3rd||Byron Jones B.E.M|
|April 7th||Dorian Collins|
|May 5th||Chris Powell|
|June 2nd||Simon Gledhill|
|July 7th||Alec Walters|
|August 4th||Andrew Gilbert|
|September 1st||David Lobban|
|October 6th||Joanne Powell nee Naulls|
|November 3rd||Damon Willetts|
|December 1st||Nicholas Martin B.E.M. (more details)|