The Hill Organ

Restoration Work

The aim of the restoration was to carefully repair and conserve the Abbey’s world famous organ so that its glorious sound can be fully heard by generations to come.

The restoration programme by Principal Pipe Organs of York included the repair and refurbishment of a newly-acquired Harrison & Harrison nave console. The work began in November 2014 and took approximately eighteen months to complete.


The Selby Organ Stop List>

Underlying principles

  To use original Hill material where it survives

  To accept Hill’s number of stops per sound board

  To keep the best of the Hill, Norman and Beard material from 1950 and from their slightly later work in a consonant style

  To remove most later additions, because (a) they are at odds with the 1909/1950 ethos, and (b) their retention/restoration will increase the overall cost

  To judiciously add new Hill style material where Hill material is lost without necessarily being slavish

  To avoid conjectural restoration and further tonal development of the organ.


The team from Principal Pipe Organs of York and the Harrison & Harrison Console.

 "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."

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.