World-famous Organists on Selby Abbey Organ

“The organ at Selby Abbey is one of the finest examples from the distinguished builder, William Hill. It is a sample of beautiful voicing and variety of colour. It gave me great satisfaction both to listen to it and to play it. This is the kind of organ that is not being built again and it is marvellous that it has been restored.”

Marilyn Mason (USA)

International Concert Organist

Lecturer; Adjudicator and Teacher – First American Woman to play in Westminster Abbey; Recital in Selby Abbey - 1998.

“I have always enjoyed very much the occasions I have played the organ during the succeeding years. It is, indeed, good to know that following decisive action to restore the Abbey organ it is now fit for another century of distinguished service. It is a product of one of our best and greatest builders.”

Francis Jackson CBE

Composer; Organist of York Minster (1946 – 1982)

President of the Royal College of Organists (1972 – 1974); Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music.

“The name of Hill is one to conjure with in England’s organ-building history and Selby Abbey’s organ has long been renowned.  I remember well my own pleasure in playing at Selby Abbey a few years ago. I am delighted that this splendid instrument has been restored to its former glory.”

Dame Gillian Weir DBE

Internationally Acclaimed Concert Organist

Created Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) 1996; Appointed the Prince Consort Professor in Organ, Royal College of Music, London - 1999; Recitals in Selby Abbey – 1996 and 1997.

“My concerts in Selby Abbey playing the Hill Organ remain a wonderful event for me. "

Jean Guillou (France)

Composer and Improviser

Titulaire Organist of Saint-Eustache, Paris; Winner ‘International Performer of the Year’ by The American Guild of Organists 1982; Recitals in Selby Abbey - 1995, 1998, 2001.

“The noble Empire-built William Hill & Son organ of 1909, designed and built for Selby Abbey is an international treasure of commendable renown and one of Europe’s top sonic treasures. This gloriously-inspired pipe organ is one of enormous worth and conviction by which the majority of others must surely be judged.”

Carlo Curley (USA)

Flamboyant and Popular Classical Concert Organist

Patron of the British Academy of Music; First Classical Organist to be invited to play at the White House; Organ Designer and self-dubbed “The Pavarotti of the Organ”; Recital in Selby Abbey - 2000.

“Selby Abbey houses a fine British organ, I remember playing there and enjoying the warmth and richness of the instrument, a true English treasure .”

Carol Williams

International Concert Organist

Fellow of The Royal College of Organists; Fellow of Trinity College, London; First Woman to be appointed Civic Organist in the USA in San Diego, California; Artistic Director of The Spreckels Organ Society; Recital in Selby Abbey - 2005.

“I was so pleased to play Selby Abbey’s famous organ, I offer my whole-hearted congratulations to the Restoration Appeal.”

Daniel Roth (France)

Titulaire Organist of St Solpice, Paris

Composer and International Concert Organist; Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur; Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Organists; Recital in Selby Abbey – 2002.


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