Battle Abbey Organ Appeal
At a recent BAFPA Committee meeting the cleaning, repair and modification of the organ on the Minstrels’ gallery in the Abbot’s Hall was discussed at great length, with the conclusion being that the Committee would like to restore it to its former glory, and at the same time, add an extra trumpet rank so that it complements the current 70+ strong School choir.
The idea of having an organ in the Abbot’s Hall was originally conceived by John Raymond Sheehan-Dare, (Director of Music at Battle Abbey and Battle Choral Society, and father of the School’s founders), who wanted the school to have an organ “as befits an abbey” as part of the rebuild after the fire that destroyed the hall in 1931.
After many years of use by pupils and staff, the organ has sadly not been played to its’ full potential recently, due to the need for a complete overhaul and modification to fit the Music Department’s requirements.
Former pupil (and IBO accredited organ restorer) Alistair Curtis (1997-2002)
has examined the organ, and put together a proposal and detailed schedule of works to ‘bring the organ back to life’. The cost to complete all the necessary cleaning, restoration and alterations will be in the region of £20,000 so the BAFPA Committee have launched an appeal to raise the funds, and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in contributing.
Thanks to a generous initial donation, and a number of subsequent financial gifts and pledges, nearly half of the cost has been raised so far, which is fantastic. If you would like further information about the Organ Appeal and how to donate, please download the leaflet here
, or contact Jemma Joyce, Alumni Relations & Development Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone: 01424 772385.
All donations to this appeal, whether large or small, are greatly appreciated.