The Compton Theatre Organ is ready to play !!
The Compton Theatre Organ has had her big overhaul. We've made a lot of new possibilities. The commands to the Organ chambers is modernized while the instruments are controlled by the old fashioned way. (by electro magnets and airpressure)
Important benefit is that the large amount of wires to the organ
chamber are replaced by one network cable.
Not only the console has a new control system. The whole console was disassembled piece by piece and all the parts were very precisely maintained.
All the registerstops, black and white keys, connections, lights, toe-pistons, power supplies etc.
But also the organ chamber is well maintained and has also the Great Uniflex system.
Do you want to see the new Disposition ? Please click on the picture to enlarge it.
We are proud to announce that it has been a great succes, so
The Concerts will start again !!
Straight to the concertagenda
May 6'th 2012 till end 2012 ...
Compton Theatre organ gets big overhaul
Now is the
Compton Theatre Organ
gets her major
maintenance or better
We have had some setbacks with the digital system "Opus II". There are many problems in this system. It contains many errors and the programming is very inconsistent. Upon further investigation it appears not to be what a good system had to be. It ain't work flawlessly.
We necessarily have to
So the Compton organ will be out of order till further notice.
May 5'th 2012
Liberty day music event with Eddie Ruhier
On Saturday the 5'th of May Eddie Ruhier wil give a special
Liberty day music event.
Last year was this event a huge success.
Many people asked for a continue.
This event won't be a regular concert but an event with many varieties.
f.i. there will be also with Eddies concert a visual show with lights and accompaniment movie.
Even a dance organ of the Kunkels Street organ museum will play together with Eddie.
Please join us to enjoy this great day.
December 17'th 2011
Open console- en organistday.
At last, We've been waiting for so long.
There will be a great open console and organist mini concert day.
|Theme: Christmas here we
You are welcome on Saturday 17'th 2011 13:00 till 16:00 h.
Entrance: 5 euro.
Do you want to try our Compton Theatre Organ ? Please let us
So we can make an honest planning.
You can let us know at the planningpage (click here)
We hope to see you on this great day.
The Technical Staff of Compton Haarlem.
September 4'th & 24'th 2011
The new season is started.
On Sunday September 4'th there's an oldtimermarket on the
parking place of the "Sligro"-store. (see also:
We work together for a couple of years by giving this day some miniconcerts in the Kunkelsmuseum with our Compton Organ.
Entrance is free and you can take the nice open touring car from the Sligro-store to the Museum v.v.
Do you want to enjoy the wonderful Theatre Organ with the joy of
a nice cup of coffee ? Please come by.
Do you want to try this beautiful organ by yourself ? We will do our best to give you the opportunity between the program.
September 24'th the new concert season is started at Haarlem. Gerwin van der Plaats will give the first concert with his great repertoire.
June 4'th 2011
Musicspecial with Eddie Ruhier, big succes !
We always want to do something bright and something new but also
want to be original. Eddie Ruhier is always pleased when we have such idea's.
Eddie is a man who want to do something exciting and new.
June 4'th we did a music special in stead of a regular Concert.
This was a bigger success than we hoped for. All the people asked for more.
They asked us when we will do this again so that's a promise.
It was a kind of an entertainment show.
Eddie played music on the Compton Theatre Organ with accompaniment of his computer made by his hand. (Audio not Midi)
During his performance we had a computer/music animation on a big screen with music instruments which were playing with Eddie.
Also we had a short movie about an old Diesel engine. After the
starting of the engine (and al the smoke of it) Eddie played in the rhytm of the
Later Eddie played together with a street organ of the museum
where the Compton is situated in.
It was a big success.
Will you be with us the next time ? You are most welcome.
April 9'th 2011
Do you want to play by yourself ? Now is the time !
Always exciting. "Me, behind the Compton Theatre Organ ?
Everyone can hear and see me playing"
Many people use this excuse not to play behind such an impressive organ.
But our experience teaches us that anyone who played one time on our organ will be very pleased and glad for this great moment.
Our slogan will always be: "It ain't important how good you are, it is important how much fun you have"
More information you will find at our "Open Consoleday Page" <= please click here to go to this page (Dutch)
NOF 40 year anniversary !!
Hip hip hurray, let we take a drink !! It's already 40 years ago
the Dutch Organ Foundation (NOF) starts her organization.
In those days was it crystal-clear that the Theatre Organ had to be secured in his existence.
Gladly all the volunteers worked with care at the Theatre Organ
and everything what is attached to it.
That's the reason why we nowadays enjoy the very impressive sound of the organ.
We started the replacement of our Compton Organ at Haarlem
October 2005 and at november 3'rd 2007 the first concert was a fact.
Do you want to see more, please read the story of the 40 year anniversary of the NOF at www.theaterorgel.nl (in Dutch)
Progress and overhaul of the Compton
The technical team has made progress on the Compton organ. What have we done ...
For more explanation and pictures, please look at our progresspage
Saturday September 26'th 2009
We will organize an open console day on the 26'th of September
Please keep this date free. You'll be welcome to play by yourself of listen to the other organists.
It's also possible to chat to eachother about the music of the
Do you have questions, feel free to ask to one of the members of the technical team of Compton Haarlem. They're all familiair with the English language.
If you want to play also, please let us know
Hope to see you soon.
"Haarlem draait door" nice succes !
|It was a nice succes, the streetorganfestival "Haarlem draait door"
or Haarlem keeps on going.
Next to the street organs, we also had a stand where we can advertise our NOF.
Nice between our streetorganfriends.
There were a lot of people who did'nt know that there were original Theatreorgans in the Neighborhood.
Coin stickers Dutch Organ Foundation
|Did you know ....
The NOF (Dutch
Organ Foundation) does now also have coin stickers which can be used on
the backside of the
You can get for free this coin stickers and place these on the backside of the 2 Euro coin.
Feel free to ask these stickers by one of our concerts. Do you join
us to advertise our beautiful Theatreorgans ?
Mailinglist Dutch Organ Foundation
Do you want to keep in touch when the concerts are or other
Or maybe other interesting information about our Theatreorgans ?
Please: let us know here . Choose on the left the button
Fire in building next to the streetorganmuseum
In February 2009, there was a fire, next to the building of the
Because of the bad anti smoke devices from the neighbors we had a lot of soot.
All the pipes and other instruments of the streetorgans were
filthy. A hell of a job to clean all this.
The most of our Compton instruments were spared because they were behind massive shutters.
But we also had to clean and maintain our instruments to remove all smoke parts and soot.
The technical team has succeeded and the Compton is working
We also made progress in the Solid state and Midi.
The open Flute, the Chimes and the Xylophone are now on digital command.
For the Xylophone this is a huge progress. It's very fast now to play. Before this, the Xylophone sometimes was jittering and slow.
De Compton packed in plastic.
here on the left our Compton.
Len Rawle on video
|Len has played his own openings tune, called "Curtain
We're allowed to put his tune on our website.
This song gives a good look what the organ can do.
We're honored that we could show you this video.
Take a look on the videopage and enjoy this song.
(and of course the other video's)
The Compton Theaterorgan on the radio ! (dutch)
|Advertising is of course very important for the beautiful
We want to share this unique and wonderful sound and sociability what the Compton and organists can bring us, as much as possible.
On Monday the 5'th of January "Radio Noord-Holland" had broadcast a
Possible trafficproblems to the Streetorganmuseum with the Compton !
From Monday January 5'th till Tuesday March 31'th 2009.
Are you coming from above the "Velsertunnel" or IJmuiden? Take for destination Waarderpolder or Haarlem Oost, Haarlem Zuid – Oost the A9 then A200.
Are you coming from Velsen/Driehuis/Velserbroek/Santpoort? Take for destination Waarderpolder or Haarlem Oost, Haarlem Zuid – Oost the A208 / N208, Delftlaan, Verspronckweg, N200 (the Bolwerkenroute).
More information take a look also HERE
Saturday September 13'th and December 6'th 2008
Big Succes !
On Saturday, September 13'th and December 6'th, the Compton Theatreorgan-team and the NOF organized an "Open Console" day.
Anyone who wants to get a closer look at the Compton was welcome to come by.
It was a huge succes. Everyone enjoyed the music and the volunteer organists had a great time when they were playing on the Compton Theatreorgan.
We hope in the near future that you also take the chance to play on our beautiful Compton Theatreorgan on an Open Console Day.
See also the photographs taken on this day. Click here
The videosection is online again.
There are 3 songs. One from Len Rawle and two from Eddie Ruhier.
These 3 songs are the originals from Len and Eddie. That's for sure. They've given their permission to put their songs on our site.
Thanks Len and Eddie.
|Would like to see you on an open console
day or maybe a beautiful concert.
The Technical team Compton Haarlem.