£600,000 for a new Church Organ isn’t expensive after all  


Holy Trinity Church in Coventry have been met with a staggering sum of £600,000 if they want their, second-hand, newly secured organ transaplanted into the Coventry Church before 2021. However it now seems that this sum of money isn’t that expensive after all. William McVicker, an organ expert, says “If you bought a new organ for that church, it will cost you anywhere between £800,000 and 1million pounds, if it was brand new”

The image above is that of the new organ that is due to be transplanted into Holy Trinity Church in Coventry, hopefully by 2021 which would mark the year of the City of Culture for Coventry. Transplanting this new organ into the church isn’t going to be easy. Before anything can go ahead the church has to raise £600,000 to be able to pay for the transportation. This figure seems to be extremely high for someone who knows nothing about organs, how they work or how much they are worth.

“You have to have a large organ in a large building for it to be heard and Holy Trinity Church is a large, medieval church, grade one listed, and it needs a large organ to fill the space” says William. Holy Trinity has already secured themselves a second hand organ from a disused church in Lea, Greater Manchester which cost the parish £43,000. It has been dismantled and put into storage.

William McVicker is one of the consultants dealing with this organ and says it is “a bargain” to have to pay £43,000 for an organ when it could have cost between £800,000 and 1 million if the organ was brand new. In total this could have come close to around 2 million pounds yet it is costing the parish £643,000 which in the grand scheme of things isn’t much at all.

Why is the transportation so expensive? 

A number of factors determine the price of the organ being transplanted to Coventry. There is a lot more to an organ than what meets the eye and unless you are an organ expert like William McVicker you will not consider how big of a job it is to assemble an organ.

“All you see is a set of decorative pipes on the front, but behind each of those decorative façades is a huge number of smaller pipes that are hidden out of sight” says William.

“A typical organ might have 4,000 pipes inside it” he explains. Very often to transport an organ from one place to another you have to arrange “organ restorance to be properly refurbished”, the organ also needs to be put onto a new frame in the new new place and very often this frame needs to be built as the previous one is the wrong shape for the new organ.

If you would like to listen to William talk more about the Holy Trinity Organ, click play down below.

Aleksandra Ganuszko


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