Mansfield College Organ Appeal
Help us to restore Mansfield’s original historic chapel organ. The time is right to return this magnificent instrument to its former glory and hear the organ singing out in Chapel once more.
Mansfield College possesses a wonderful Victorian Romantic organ, installed in the Chapel in 1890 by Vowles of Bristol, one of the most successful organ builders of the period.
We are raising funds to preserve this vital element of Mansfield’s heritage, and to enhance the musical life of College for our students and our whole community by giving our wonderful organ back its voice.
"An instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving careful preservation for the benefit of future generations.”
British Institute for Organ Studies Register of Historic Pipe Organs
Over time the chapel organ has deteriorated through natural wear and tear. Currently several stops no longer work, while some notes are inoperative. As a result it is several years since it has been possible for it to be played.
This restoration, the first major restoration in the organ’s history, is not seen in isolation but as a catalyst for music-making both in the College and wider community.
Around £190,000 is needed to put the organ back into full playing order, of which over 80% has been raised (as of June 2020). With your support and encouragement we aim to extend the life of the organ for many decades for the benefit of future generations of College students and the wider Mansfield Community, and hear the organ singing out at Mansfield once more.
Please make a gift online today here.
The Mansfield College Organ Appeal leaflet can be found here.
“[The Chapel Organ is] the embodiment of the principle that something uniquely beautiful is produced by a diversity of voices”.
Professor Stephen Blundell, Professor of Physics, Mansfield Fellow and Chapel Organ Appeal Committee Member