The Organ Appeal
The Hill organ of Selby Abbey has served generations of congregations for regular services, special events, weddings and funerals for over a century.
Many of the greatest organists have played on the Selby Abbey organ. However, it was the three iconic LP recordings, in the early 1960s, by the Italian Virtuoso Fernando Germani which made the organ internationally renowned.
The video below, courtesy of BBC's Look North, explains the background. The organist is John Scott Whiteley, Organist Emeritus York Minster, a former pupil of Fernando Germani. Use the controller below to watch.
Now, the organ is rapidly deteriorating. It has been repaired a number of times but it is already unreliable. It is clear the organ is nearing the end of its active life and within five years this world-famous instrument could be unplayable.
Our Organ Appeal seeks to raise £575,000 to carefully repair and conserve the Abbey’s celebrated organ so that it’s glorious sound is fully heard by generations to come.
The appeal's lead major donor is The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.
The appeal is also being supported by The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation and has been endorsed by many famous international organists.
Your help is needed
So much has already been achieved, but we urgently need your help to reach our target!