Grand Variety

Our big news is that record producers Silver Street Music have produced a brand new CD of the Southampton Compton, recorded in August 2011 which features the incomparable Richard Hills.

This is a full album of superb music recorded on this amazing instrument, using high quality mics and a digital recording rig. The album title is Grand Variety.

Full details can be found at the Silver Street Music website -

The CD, organ and Richard were featured on a special programme dedicated to the organ on Radio 2's The Organist Entertains in January, with a great interview from Richard.

The release date marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Guildhall - 13th Feb 1937. The album features a track list totally by British composers and is designed to highlight the vast range of music styles, tone colours and dynamics possible on this amazing instrument. There are four 'classical' works, including Alfred Hollins Concert overture in C minor and Brewer's March Heroique, as well as orchestral masterpieces such as Frederick curzon's In Malaga suite, and theatre organ gems such as A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square. Full track list is on the above website. Richard Hills is a master musician who is one of only a very few who can play the range of music being presented on this unique recording.

International organ star Carlo Curley has undertaken the 'official' review of it and given a glowing report. We are also hoping for further press coverage. The album is for sale via the Silver Street Music website (with credit card payment via Paypal, or mail order) and there are preview clips of each track to listen to.

Make sure you get your copy!