Breathe life into the Compton Organ at Cradley!
Help us raise £7,000 to refurbish the 1933 Compton Pipe Organ at St. Peter’s Church in Cradley for the benefit of the local community.
The organ was built to a high standard back in 1933 and remains in original condition. It currently lacks a pair of lungs to make it breathe (a new blower is needed to provide air) as the original blower failed in 2011 after 78 years faithful service.
A replacement blower has been obtained from the now demolished church of St Luke, Reddal Hill in nearby Cradley Heath. The aim is to install this at Cradley to power the organ.
Now we need your help to raise enough money to install the blower, refurbish the electrics and restore the organ to full working order.
The instrument is a fine example of an unaltered Compton Organ still in the place for which it was designed. Over the past 84 years it has been used for Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and regular services.
When restoration is complete, it is intended that it will play a full part in the life of the church, used for concerts and available for use as a teaching instrument.
A good quality organ adds an ambience that is both beneficial and valuable to the weddings and funerals held in St Peter’s. We would like the people of our community and beyond, to be part of the hope for its future and to be able to express their gratitude for it.
Andrew Moyes, an organ restoration expert said this on visiting St Peter’s Compton Organ: “In the event, I found that the St Luke’s organ was in a much worse condition and the needs of St Peter’s would be better served by renovating the existing organ. It was made to a very high standard and, unlike many, has not been spoiled by subsequent alterations. It is a good candidate for renovation and would serve the church again for many decades.”