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Historic organ is looking for a new home

Archived press release

Date Published: 24/10/07

A new owner is being sought for the magnificent Compton Organ in Aylesbury’s Civic Centre. Aylesbury Vale District Council, which owns and manages the Civic Centre, is currently advertising the sale of this historic organ in specialist...

A new owner is being sought for the magnificent Compton Organ in Aylesbury’s Civic Centre.

Aylesbury Vale District Council, which owns and manages the Civic Centre, is currently advertising the sale of this historic organ in specialist press. The council is hoping that the instrument, which was last played in 1994, will be able to be re-homed rather than dismantled for parts when the venue closes next year.

Built by the John Compton Organ Company, the organ was originally installed in the Finsbury Park Astoria, London, in 1929. It eventually found its way to Aylesbury and was installed at the time the Civic Centre was built in 1975.

The Compton has 11 sets of pipes situated in four chambers and is controlled by around 300 stop keys laid out in a traditional horseshoe manner. There is no electric amplification, as the sound is produced straight from the organ pipes and projected through shutters.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, commented: “It is an astounding instrument requiring very specialist knowledge to get it working. The council is honoured to have been the organ’s guardian for over 30 years and hopefully it will be revitalised in a new home.” 

The Civic Centre is to close on 31 July 2008 to allow work to start on the Waterside retail scheme. The venue is a key site within the proposed multi-million pound retail development and will be replaced by a new state-of-the-art theatre which is currently under construction in Exchange Street.

If you can help the council find a new home for the Civic Centre organ, please contact Caroline Wheller on 01296 585185 or email cwheller@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

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