The Organ Appeal

Our internationally famous organ from 1909 is a magnificent example of one of the most highly respected organ builders, William Hill & Son. It is an instrument of exceptionally high quality and a valuable survivor from this period of the firm’s work.

Many celebrated concert organists have played on the Selby Abbey Hill. But it was the three iconic LP recordings in the early 1960s by the Italian virtuoso Fernando Germani, arguably the greatest organist of all time, which spread the instrument’s stunning sound around the world.

In 2012, after over a century of service, it became clear that the organ was seriously unwell. It had been patched and repaired a number of times and was already regularly unreliable. The moment had finally come for a complete restoration to return it to its previous sonic splendour.

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New CD 'Fernando Germani at Selby Abbey' now available>

With the generous backing of the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, we launched a major appeal to raise the estimated £520,000 needed.

The appeal is also being supported by The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation and has been endorsed by many famous international organists.

Now, less than three years later, thanks to the heart-warming support of a growing number of Benefactors from across the country and abroad, we have raised 90% of the funds needed so the first phase of restoration by Principal Pipe Organs of York has begun under the direction of Organ Consultant Paul Hale.

A Nave Console

It has long been our aspiration to have a console positioned in the nave for both liturgical and concert use. An exciting opportunity has arisen to acquire a console of great historic significance. Such an opportunity comes but rarely and we are now campaigning to raise an additional £53,000 to buy and refurbish it.

Restoration work so far >

Your help is needed

Much has already been achieved but we still need your help to raise the funds for the nave console and to complete the organ restoration by Easter. Buying a featured DVD will help us to achieve our goal.

We are planning a celebratory concert on 9th September 2016, to mark the completion of the restoration work, featuring the Hill Organ and Nave Console.


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Organ Recitals

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D'Arcy Trinkwon

At Selby Abbey

Outstanding virtuoso organist D'Arcy Trinkwon performs in leading international festivals & concerts worldwide.

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D'Arcy Trinkwon playing Étude Symphonique by Enrico Bossi.


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John Scott


At Selby Abbey

Organ Emeritus of York Minster John Scott Whiteley has won

 acclaim for his TV performances

of the Complete Organ

Music of JS Bach,

"A triumph both nationally

and musically."


His performance at Selby Abbey of pieces by leading composers is now available on DVD.

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