The Organ Appeal


Launching a major appeal to repair and restore the Hill organ, particularly at a time of economic hardship, was a daunting challenge. But with the instrument already regularly unreliable and very likely to become unplayable within five years, the Selby Abbey Trust needed to act decisively. The appeal went public in June 2012 with the Archbishop of York as its Patron and the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation as the lead major donor.  The appeal’s aim was to raise £520,000 to carefully conserve the organ and return it to the time that it was at its best and most renowned - the 1960s, when Maestro Fernando Germani’s LP recordings spread its glorious sound around the world.

News of the instrument’s plight spread rapidly with a vigorous press campaign and via social media. A public endorsement from international organists who had played the Selby Hill further highlighted the importance of the restoration project.

Now four years later and thanks to the hugely generous support from seventeen major donors; eighty seven organ-pipe sponsors as well as the backing of  hundreds of organ-music enthusiasts from far and wide and the unstinting help from the Abbey’s local community, we have reached our target and the Hill organ restoration project has been completed.

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 The on-line Benefactors' Book displays the names of all our donors and remains as a permanent record of the organ appeal.

The Harrison & Harrison Console

A fleeting opportunity to buy and restore the iconic Harrison & Harrison console from Manchester Cathedral was seized thanks to the speedy response of a group of donors who provided the additional £64,000 required.  It is situated in the nave where it will now remain to support the liturgy and future concerts.

How you can help?

Maintaining the organ in prime condition and protecting it from the changing seasons with their dramatic variations in humidity is vital and is now the focus of our fundraising for the future.

Please consider donating towards the ongoing maintenance of the magnificent Hill Organ.

By Cheque:

Please make your cheque payable to The Selby Abbey Trust and send to:

Appeal Office,

c/o The Rose House,

Wykeham, Old Malton,

North Yorkshire, YO17 6RF.

By Gift Aid:

Either as a single amount or in instalments. Income tax can be reclaimed by the appeal on gifts from taxpayers who make a simple Gift Aid Declaration.

The Selby Abbey Trust will treat your donation as confidential.

For further information contact the Appeal Director:

Brigadier Jeremy Gaskell OBE,


Tel: 01653 697320

Registered Charity Number: 503003






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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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of the Complete Organ

Music of JS Bach,

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