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Classical Organ Builders

Includes Pipe & Electronic

International Society of Organbuilders
The ISO was first established in 1957. The aim of the ISO is to provide a rich forum for the exchange of ideas and experience between organ builders from all over the world.
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Bishop and Son
Founded in 1795, James Chapman Bishop’s first workshops were at York buildings in Saint Marylebone.
James Bishop was responsible for inventing some of the features that are taken for granted in organ building today, namely the anti-concussion valve to provide steady wind, the Clarrabella stop and the composition pedals.
Today the firm is administrated by their Principal, Dr Maurice Merrell, who has over 60 years of experience with Bishop and Son
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W & A Boggis
W & A Boggis celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2002. From the new Roydonian Works in Roydon, near Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Rodney Briscoe, his wife Sarah and their team of skilled craftsmen continue the tradition of high quality workmanship in English organ building.
The services of the company cover new organs, restorations, rebuilds, overhauls and tunings.
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Bower & Company
Richard Bower has been an organ builder since 1969, when he joined a small firm in Norwich after graduating from the Royal College of Music.
He became a partner in the firm during his apprenticeship to E & W Storr and became sole proprietor after three years.
After building his first completely new organ in the mid 1970's, the name of the business was changed to R. A. J. Bower & Company.
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Michael Broadway
Michael Broadway received his musical education at the London College of Music, studying the organ with Gordon Phillips.
He has made extensive studies of the several different patent actions, rebuilding and restoring many instruments.
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F.H. Browne
F.H. Browne employs 10 people, managed by Stephen Bayley, Yvette Bayley and Michael Keays.
Staff include skilled craftsmen in cabinet making, organ case design, mechanical, pneumatic and electric organ action, leatherwork, tuning and voicing.
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AJ Carter Organ Builder Ltd.
Mr Carter prides himself on the quality of the work offered to customers.
Because of his attention to detail and his persuit for perfection with all instruments, he has been registered with the Guild of Master Craftsmen and was one of the first members of the new ruling body in Organ Building, the Institute of British Organ Building,
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Peter Collins Organs
Peter Collins has served a traditional apprenticeship with a firm established in the 18th century, working with old and new organs.
He was employed with a leading continental organ builder gaining further experience
He formed Peter Collins Organs in 1964.
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Copeman Hart
Copeman Hart, established in 1960, enjoys an international reputation for its custom built church organs with a typical English sound and appearance.
In 2011 the company was purchased by the Global Organ Group.
Company founder Ernest Hart intended to retire in the early years of the 21st century, but before then put in an enormous effort into finding a suitable successor for the company into which he had invested a lifetime of heart and soul. He found that successor in the Global Organ Group and in Dr Keith Harrington, Managing Director of Makin Organs and ChurchOrganWorld.
All parties were entrusted with the task of building constructively upon Ernest Hart’s tremendous legacy.
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Organ Design
Organ Design is managed and directed by Edward Dove.
Edward started work as an organ builder with Matthew Copley, at Organ Design and Construction in 1994, having completed a course in musical instrument making and restoration at Merton College.
Edward worked for many years as head voicer and tuner at Organ Design and Construction until Matthew Copley’s retirement in 2012.
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William Drake Ltd
William Drake Ltd has been trading since 1974, when William Drake established the firm in Devon.
They design, build, commission and restore mechanical action pipe organs.
Their team, who have all been with the business for a significant number of years, have in excess of 70 years organ building experience between them.
They are proud to have been involved with numerous prestigious projects including work for Her Majesty the Queen, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Palace of Westminster and Spitalfields.
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Goetze & Gwynn
Goetze & Gwynn was set up by Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn in September 1980, to start with in a small workshop in Northampton, and since March 1985 in a purpose built workshop at Welbeck near Worksop in North Nottinghamshire, on the northern edge of Sherwood Forest.
The aim is to work with a small team of committed organ builders, flexible and with a complete range of skills, built around the permanent input of the skills and experience of the three directors.
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Pipe Organ Services
Pipe Organ Services was conceived in the 1980's by Alan W. Goulding.
This followed several years in the trade working on organs both in the UK and overseas. Alan W. Goulding was himself apprenticed during the 1970's at J.W. Walker & Son in Suffolk where strict quality disciplines were the order of the day. During his time there, his experiences covered all aspects of organ building, from small mechanical action organs to large electro-pneumatic organs in some of England's finest cathedrals.
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Griffiths & Co
Griffiths & Co is based in Portsmouth, they are a small team skilled in all aspects of Organ Building.
They have nearly 200 instruments in their care for routine tuning and maintenance.
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Harrison & Harrison Ltd
Harrison organs stand firmly in the English musical tradition. Their distinctive sound is based on 150 years of experience and development.
Meticulous standards of design and construction have ensured that H&H organs have a reputation for longevity.
In a series of high-profile restorations we have demonstrated our ability to enter into the spirit of organ builders of different periods and styles.
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Holmes & Swift Organ Builders
Established nearly 40 years, Holmes & Swift Organ Builders remains a family run business where personal service and quality of work are of prime importance.
Based in Fakenham, UK, we have established a reputation as experts in the authentic restoration of historic pipe organs.
Whilst restoration is our speciality, we also build new organs and undertake rebuilding of non-historic instruments, with soundly judged tonal schemes and reliable new key actions.
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Jennings Organs
Following training at The London College of Furniture and the London Organ Builders N.P. Mander Ltd, Robin Jennings has had his own business since 1989.
He has become one of the few makers in Europe specialising in custom built chamber organs and is currently based in Dorset, England.
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Lammermuir Pipe Organs is the only workshop 'north of the border' in the British Isles specialising in building new, mechanical action organs.
The business was established in 1983 by Neil Richerby.
The aim of this workshop is to design and construct mechanical action organs which aspire to the highest standards in musicality and craftsmanship.
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Mander organs
Noel Mander started working on his own account in organ building in 1936. His lineage can be traced back to the 18th century organ builder, George Pike England.
Following a break during the war years, the firm moved into its current premises in the east end of London in 1947.
Manders are no longer but the name lives on as FH Browne now trade under the Manders name.
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Midland Organ, Hele & Company Ltd.
Midland Organ, Hele & Company Ltd. traces its history back to 1860, and has built many instruments throughout the country and overseas, including several large four-manual organs.
We continue to build brand-new pipe organs, and also rebuild and restore instruments of all sizes, both in the UK and worldwide.
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Norwich Organs.
Individually Built Digital Classical Organs
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Organ Workshop
The Organ Workshop has, over the years, designed and built custom digital instruments of all sizes, and has in addition installed and voiced numerous factory produced instruments produced by European manufacturers such as Viscount, Gem and Ahlborn.
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Phoenix Organs
The Phoenix Organ System was designed from the "ground up" with a clean sheet of paper, and is now the most flexible system in the marketplace today.
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Regent Classic
Our Custom Built Digital Organs are specifically designed and voiced for churches, cathedrals, concert halls, or for private home owners.
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Kenneth Tickell & Company Ltd
Kenneth Tickell & Company are a small firm of craftsman Pipe Organ Builders.
We build new organs to individual contract, ranging in size from portable continuo organs to large church and recital instruments.
From time to time we also undertake historic restoration work.
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Reuter Organ Company
Adolph Reuter was born in Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1880.
He began employment at the Barkhoff Organ Company at the age of 20. He proceeded to work for a number of American pipe organ builders over the next 16 years, eventually working his way to the level of shop superintendent. In 1917, he was joined by Earl Schwarz to establish the Reuter-Schwarz Organ Company.
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Viscount Classical Organs
Our organs are suitable for the home, churches, schools and even cathedrals. You may view and play the entire instrument range at our showroom in Bicester, Oxfordshire and also at a number of regional dealers throughout the UK and Ireland.
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JW Walker & Sons Ltd
The firm was founded by Joseph William Walker (1802-1870) who was a 'parlour' apprentice to George Pike England.
In 1828 JWW established his own business in Soho, London, moving later to Francis Street, Tottenham Court Road.
Since 2005 Walker have retained facilities in Brandon, Suffolk (where our former sister company, the industry component manufacturer P&S is based) and in Devizes, Wiltshire.
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Wells Kennedy Partnership
Wells Kennedy Partnership is one of Irelands leading and longest established Organ building firms with over 120 years of employed experience to call on.
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David Wells
We are a firm of traditional pipe organ builders founded in 1981 and based in Liverpool, UK.
Our work ranges from the construction of New Organs, through Restoration, Reconstruction, Overhaul and Repair, to regular Tuning Visits.
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Henry Willis & Sons Ltd.
Henry Willis & Sons Ltd. is one of the oldest and most famous organ building companies active in the world today, having been in continuous operation since 1845 and with an Opus list of over 2,500 organs up to the present day.
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Wyvern Church Organs
Wyvern is a British company with a proud history of pioneering design and innovation that started in the early 1950’s, when Kenneth Burge, a brilliant young electronics engineer began developing designs for early electronic organs, opening his first organ building factory in 1959.
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