As outlined above the present organ is the third in the church as the result of fire and war damage. It is a Compton extension organ and is installed in a chamber above the Vestry with the console in the Chancel behind the choir. It was built in 1954 by the John Compton Organ Company utilising their extension principle whereby six ranks of pipes of differing timbre are extended in compass
to enable each rank to be available in multiple pitches, thus synthesising amuch larger
instrument. In the January 1959 issue of Musical Opinion it said ‘’if themanual
departments are remarkable for their ability to produce extraordinary effects
with very limited means then the swell and pedal section – in spite of the
limitation of means - are amongst the very finest in South Wales today
and altogether astonishing in an organ containing only six extended
ranks of pipes’’. It is said now that ‘’even in its present condition
the organ sounds exceptionally well in the building’’.
Although regularly cared for over the years, our organ is now
in need of a complete overhaul with major refurbishment
required. For some time it has failed to provide predictable
and reliable performance and has produced audible
misbehaviour on a number of occasions. The electrical
system is in urgent need of replacement.
The organ plays an essential part in our regular acts of
worship. It is the ideal instrument for leading congre-
gational singing and the Church has a strong choral
tradition. Our responsibility to both present and future
generations must be to ensure its restoration and
continued use. Once restored our organ will serve the
Church and wider community for many years to come.
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