St Michael le Belfrey and St Lawrence are delighted to confirm that work starts on dismantling the pipe organ on Monday 5 August. Work is expected to take up to 3 weeks as organ builders Nicholson & Co carefully clean, take apart the organ, and store all the parts and pipes in the side aisles of the church prior to transportation down to Malvern. After full restoration in Nicholson & Co’s workshop, the organ will return to its new home at St Lawrence.
Removing the organ is a key step in the Reordering project at St Michael le Belfrey as its aim is to develop a more versatile building that supports its vision and mission and encourages development of the activities of our community. The organ hasn’t been used to support worship for a number of years so the Belfrey is thrilled that its Denman organ will find a new and fitting home at St Lawrence's and remain here in York.
On Tuesday 13 August, starting at 12noon, Nicholson & Co will host an Organ workshop at St Michael le Belfrey, where people can learn more about this Victorian organ dating from 1885, one of the largest instruments built by York Organ Builder William Denman, and see the pipes and inner workings of the organ close up.
While the work is taking place, there will be restricted access around the church. Church family, volunteers and visitors will continue to be welcomed throughout August but will be encouraged to take extra care and shown the areas they can access.