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Festive pipes on chord

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 30, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

The mighty Compton Organ will be used for a series of festive concerts next month.

The mighty Compton Organ will be used for a series of festive concerts next month.

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A SERIES of festive concerts have been organised at a venue with a vintage organ.

The Christmas Concerts at Pipes in the Peak, near Ashbourne, have become ever more popular over the last few years.

The car showroom will be transformed into a Christmas spectacle, but with the Mighty Compton still taking centre stage.

As well as all the popular Christmas tunes and carols being played, during the afternoon of each concert, a variety of other music will be featured for all tastes from all ages, from the light classics to popular music and modern ballads.

The British built Compton Organ was originally installed in the ABC/Regal Derby Cinema in 1938 to 1965. Since 1999 it has been playing at Pipes in the Peaks and is installed with all the working parts visible around the room, including the 1,300 pipes and the percussions instruments such as Piano, Vibraphone, Accordion, Drums, Cymbals, vibraphone, marimba, accordion, drums, cymbals, the dancing bird pipes and our unique automated drum kit. The showroom also houses a museum with motoring memorabilia, radios from the golden age of wireless and automated musical instruments - including a Belgium Decap Dance Organ a Weber baby grand Duo-Art reproducer piano, and a Marshall and Wendell upright Ampico reproducer piano.

Pipes in the Peak is situated at Dovedale Garage, Thorpe, near Ashbourne.

The festive concert dates are: Sunday, December 1 and Saturday, December 7 with Stephen Foulkes; and Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15 with Christian Cartwright.

All concerts start at 2.30pm with doors opening at 1.30pm and include light refreshments, sherry and mince pies.

To book tickets call 0777 800 5729 or 01335 350258. For further information go online to www.pipesinthepeaks.co.uk.

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