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)
examined the organ, and put together a proposal and detailed schedule of works to ‘bring the organ back to life’.
Thanks to a generous initial donation, and a number of subsequent financial gifts and pledges, the Organ Appeal surpassed the fundraising target, which was fantastic.
The final restoration work was completed in October 2020, but sadly due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic we are unable to hold our celebratory concert for donors and sponsors. As soon as we can, we will be in touch!
Although we succeeded in our ambition to raise funds to restore the organ, there will always be tuning and cleaning costs to consider, so we will keep the Organ Appeal fund open for the forseeable!
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.