The Organ at All Saints’ is very important to the life and music of the Church, but it needs major repairs and upgrading. So we have been fundraising for ‘The Great Organ Fix’ – a full programme of works to enable our organ to inspire us for years to come.
You can read more about The Organ Problem and plans for The Great Organ Fix further down this page.
By June 2019 fundraising for The Great Organ Fix had reached the magnificent total of over£58,000, which was above our original target. Thank you so much to all the donors and organisers of events for this achievement.
This is enabling us to negotiate with organ builders for the first stage of the work - repair and improvement - and to seek the required approval from the Diocese of Chelmsford (called a 'faculty'), which will all take some time. We are therefore winding down our Great Organ Fix fundraising efforts as we hope to to be able to obtain the remaining funds via grant applications and other sources available to us.
If more money is raised than is needed for The Great Organ Fix project, surplus funds will be used for ongoing organ maintenance or other church music projects.
The Organ Problem
The organ was built in 1959 by the firm N. P. Mander, using older pipework from a previous instrument. The organ is becoming unreliable and the day is fast approaching when the instrument will simply stop working. A major upgrade is required to allow the organ to continue to play its crucial role in the worshipping life of the church.
The Great Organ Fix
The work can be carried in stages depending upon the progress of our fundraising:
Phase 1 – Replacing old wiring and upgrading the console. This is essential to preserve a working instrument.
Phase 2 – Cleaning of current pipe-work, replacing some operating parts, and installing new pipework into vacant slides to complete the organ to its original design.
Phase 3 – Installing a new unit chest organ in the chancel to create a Choir Organ.
The total estimated cost of this work was originally £55,000. However more recent indications from organ builders, prior to supplying actual quotes, are that costs have gone up considerably. If you have any questions please contact William Warns, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org.