WHAT IS PIPE UP?
Pipe Up for Pipe Organs is a charity created in 2022 to save British pipe organs from a wave of destruction that is sending an estimated four pipe organs to landfill every week.
Many pipe organs that avoid destruction are simply mouldering away quietly. These organs sit disused, even in functioning churches, often for lack of a regular organist or minor, routine attention.
Britain's pipe organs are a world-class heritage of craftsmanship and musical achievement. For many communities, they are the gateway to a huge repertoire of choral and other music.
We are passionate about celebrating and conserving them.
WHAT WE DO
Pipe Up saves pipe organs threatened with destruction by:
Rescuing threatened organs and finding them new homes
Getting underused organs back into use
Putting organs in public places for the public to play
Promoting pipe organs and music to a wider public
WATCH ORGAN STOPS
Organ Stops: Saving the King of Instruments, directed by James Dawson, was broadcast on BBC4 on Christmas Eve 2022. The film features on the work of one of our founders, Martin Renshaw, rescuing unwanted pipe organs. You can watch the film on BBC iPlayer by clicking the image above.
ABOUT HENRY, THE LONDON BRIDGE STATION ORGAN
The Henry Jones Organ is located at at London Bridge Station. Henry is the first organ in the UK to be placed on a station concourse and made available to everyone. Henry Jones was a London organ builder in the mid 19th century. You can read more about the organ, including how to play Henry, HERE.
ABOUT JAMES AT THE WHITGIFT CENTRE IN CROWDON
James is our open-access organ situated in Trinity Court, part of the Whitgift Shopping Centre in Croydon, South London. James was built by Bedfordshire organ builder James Trustam in about 1880. We rescued it from a closed church in Cranfield, Bedfordshire in 2022 and relocated him here. You can find out more about James by clicking HERE.