Barry Oakley Posted February 12, 2013 Share Posted February 12, 2013 Reading that Bradford Cathedral is to launch an appeal for £250,000 for organ restoration, I am often perplexed as to how the plights of some insignificant instruments easily find public favour and the capital is found at the drop of a hat. Others, though, in spite of the enormous historical significance attached to them, struggle to apparently capture the imagination and generosity of those controlling the purse strings. We learned some time ago that Canterbury is seeking vast sums to achieve equally vast changes to its organs of which nothing has been heard since. And only just recently we have learned that Exeter needs to raise around £1million for extensive work on its organ. An incredible amount of money for what is an average-size cathedral organ. My guess is that in this instance the “drop of a hat” metaphor may well be appropriate and, hey presto, the money is forthcoming. At the risk of being labelled a repetitive bore, my mind turns again to the plight of the untouched 75-year-old 4-manual Compton organ in Holy Trinity Church, Hull, England’s largest parish church. If Exeter is going to cost £1million I dare not guess what the larger Holy Trinity Compton will require. But perhaps I should be reminded that Yorkshire shrewdness will prevail and ultimately a builder other than the UK’s reputedly most expensive will be favoured. However, the ultimate question will remain. From where is the money to be found to restore (not tinker with) a historically important organ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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