The Theatre Console

The Compton Organ in the Guildhall, Southampton has 50 ranks of pipes plus a Melotone unit situated in chambers above the stage. They can be played from a theatre console with 4 manuals or from a classical console for more traditional organ playing. The consoles are positioned on plinths to the front of and at the sides of the stage with the theatre organ console on the left. The last resident organist was Richard Smithers who was equally at home on either of the consoles.

There are a number of concerts each year given by the country's top theatre organists and one of the most popular of these is Phil Kelsall's which takes place in January each year. The picture below shows an appreciative audience listening to Phil in January 1991.

Southampton Organ Concert

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Pictures 1991 Chas Girdwood. Page design and text 1998 Chas Girdwood.