Sulgrave’s 14th Century parish church, dedicated to St James the Less, has a beautiful, late Victorian pipe organ, built by the renowned organ builder JJ Binns of Leeds in 1892 – now considered his best period.
Sadly, this magnificent instrument has been silent since 2006. A Committee has now been formed, dedicated to the restoration of the organ
The project is not only about restoring the organ: A scholarship scheme has been planned to enable enthusiasts to learn how to play this magnificent instrument; a fund will be set up to pay an organist for our regular church services, and to maintain the organ – thus ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy organ music in our lovely church.
- Stage one was to approach several reputable organ restorers to get an estimate of the cost of restoration work.
- Stage two is currently in progress – the fund-raising! This is both for the restoration work itself and to secure its future. We cannot start any work until we are sure we have sufficient funds – and all donations will be extremely welcome!
- Stage three will be when the restoration work commences and the organ is completely dismantled! It is estimated that from this time the work will take about 6 (exciting) weeks.
- Stage four is once the organ is fully restored and on show in all its remarkable glory – to enhance our regular worship, to hold regular musical events in the church and to offer a teaching scholarship.
If you have any questions about this project, wish to discuss a donation or a fund-raising project, please email any member of the committee