The Leeds Town Hall organ has undergone a series of rebuilds and alterations, the last being in 1972, since when it has been a highly successful recital and orchestral instrument but nearly 50 years of heavy use have taken its toll and Leeds Town Hall organ is in now under threat. Without urgent attention the city is at risk of losing a truly unique wonder of Victorian design and technology and an important piece of our heritage in Leeds.
The organ renewal project will see the instrument undergo extensive and far reaching work, the familiar casework and some of the pipes will be retained and repaired but all of the organ’s mechanism, console and the vast majority of its 6500 pipes will be made new.
The closure of Leeds Town Hall in November 2021 for two years will give us a once in a lifetime opportunity of completely repairing and renewing this incredible instrument and secure its future for generations to come. The £1.8 million organ renewal project will bring together the leaders in the field of organ renovation to oversee this exciting and incredibly complex work – something which has never been attempted on this scale before.
The Leeds Town Hall organ was originally built for the people of Leeds and once complete, the renewed instrument will be one of the finest concert organs in the UK – one that will last for the next 150 years for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
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