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Project information

Edington Organ Project

The Edington Organ Project is raising funds to provide a new organ for Edington Priory Church, as a gift to the parish. It will provide high quality accompaniment for the Music Festival, and will be the focus of new programmes of music and education for the benefit of all ages in the wider community

August 2011 - August 2014

Charity information: The Edington Music Festival Association

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  • Need


    The church's 1905 Henry Jones organ is in serious decline. It is no longer capable of providing the subtle accompaniment demanded by the high quality of the Festival music, and is a semitone sharp, making it very difficult for the choristers and making it impossible to use it to accompany other instruments, effectively preventing its use outside services. It needs considerable work to restore it and bring it into modern pitch at a time when the church has other pressing demands on its resources


    EMFA is using The Organ Project to provide a new organ tailored to fulfill the demands of both Festival and community use, as a gift to the Parish, giving something back to the community which has provided a home to the festival for so many years. The new organ will enhance the standards of performance of the Festival, but will also provide the focus for an entirely new and exciting programme of concerts and education work for local communities in West Wiltshire with no cost to the church.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £28,000 to complete the £430,000 Appeal to commission, build and install a new organ


    » Seek donations from individuals connected with or supporting the Festival, Edington Priory Church and Edington Arts.
    » Implement a series of fundraising initiatives including sponsoring a pipe, sponsoring a whole Stop, and giving monthly by Standing Order
    » Carry out a series of fundraising events in the local community

    What success will look like

    Success will be achieving the fundraising target and having the new organ installed in time for the 2014 Festival.

  • Impact


    The project will enable the creation of a new series of artistic events based around the organ, and of new relationships with schools both locally and nationally for a range of educational projects to do with the organ.

    Success will be an increase in the number of visitors to the festival, the creation of a core new audience of 150 for the concerts, the involvement of two local schools in organ-based music, drama, physics and engineering projects, 5 new organ students and the first organ camp


    We have reached the final 5% of the Appeal, with many donors having already given and all relevant grant giving bodies approached. As anticipated, the last portion is proving difficult to raise, and we are concentrating on one final push through the 2013 Festival, The Big Give, and a big recital in Salisbury Cathedral in March 2014.


    We use the regular mailshots undertaken by the Festival to include a newsletter with current information; information is posted online; and reports are published in a range of relevant media, both digital and print, local and national. Principal donors are kept up to date personally.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £439,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £413,500 organ costs design, build, installation
      £25,500 project costs fundraising, transport and specialist organ consultant

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    individual donations £330,000 Guaranteed
    grants £60,000 Guaranteed
    identified future donations £7,000 Conditional
    fundraising events £2,000 Conditional
    EMFA & PCC £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Edington is a small village in rural West Wiltshire. It is a quintessential English village, located in a beautiful part of the country, with a beautiful 14th century Priory Church, one way or another the centre of the community for centuries. The village has welcomed visitors to the Festival from all over the world for many years, and as the nature of its community and the world has changed, is reaching out to new, younger, people to be part of a community of which music is the hub.


    West Wiltshire is agricultural, post-industrial, multicultural and economically stressed. Edington suffers from being 20 miles from Bath: transport and ticket prices can put culture out of reach. The community itself is strong on 'self-help', while active in helping others through a range of organisations including schools, arts and sport. This is an opportunity to provide high quality arts and education on home turf, tailor-made to be accessible and interesting to all sections of its community

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having successfully managed the Festival artistically and pastorally for 12 years, EMFA has the structures and systems in place to run this project. It has world wide music and business contacts, a strong network of volunteers, and qualified and suitably experienced personnel in key roles. Fundraising has become an additional community exercise. The organ will be the responsibility of the PCC, but the arts and education programmes will be managed by a new group drawn from EMFA and others.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Benjamin Nicholas

    Artistic Director of the Festival, leader and 'face' of the Organ Project, project driver, spokesman and people manager.

    Sue Lowery

    Administrator. Professional company secretary with overview of and responsibility for book-keeping and other records, 'do-er'.

    Anne Curtis

    Fundraiser and Marketing/PR. Responsible for external and donor communications and for implementing agreed fundraising strategy including grants.

    Justin Lowe

    Project Manager responsible for cashflow, budgets, targets, reporting and management of day to day finances.

The organ wil be at the heart of it all

The organ wil be at the heart of it all


will sponsor an 8' pipe

No other single development could be more important for the long-term future of the Festival

John Barnard