WHAT IS PIPE UP?
Pipe organs across the UK are being lost as churches close and musical tastes change. Many end up in skips or are cannibalised for parts.
Pipe Up for Pipe Organs aims to stem this tide of losses by getting them cared for, played and heard.
Pipe Up is a grassroots organisation that fundraises, gives grants and shares expertise.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We rescue threatened pipe organs by restoring them in situ or rehoming them
We are driving a revival of interest in pipe organs by celebrating makers, restorers, composers and players
We advise and support local organisations in attempts to protect pipe organs
We campaign nationally for greater protection for pipe organs.
WATCH ORGAN STOPS
On a chilly January morning in 2017, Martin Renshaw was filmed starting to dismantle an unusual but beautiful pipe organ in Winston Methodist Church, County Durham. Over the following four years, Martin and other enthusiasts – organ builders, players, composers – battled to save and breathe new life into pipe organs across the country. Professional videographer James Dawson's film documents their fight.
The full documentary (70 minutes) can be rented HERE. The film will be touring the UK throughout 2022, with the film-maker and contributors happy to speak at screenings. Email email@example.com if you would like to arrange a screening.
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.