Friends of Christ Church

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Supporters of the Friends will be pleased to know that the 1735 Richard Bridge organ has been successfully restored. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the sound of the organ, unplayed since the 1950s, will once again resound around Nicholas Hawksmoor’s marvellous interior of Christ Church.

We are immensely grateful to our many Supporters worldwide for their generosity which has made this exemplary restoration possible.

The restoration of the organ has been a long and complex task and although the main contract for its restoration has been covered by the generosity of our Supporters, there are still some outstanding items to bring this project to its conclusion.

One part of the project that we have been working on for the last few years has been to devise a suitable system to monitor and control the environment of an historic instrument within a building that has twenty-first century requirements. We have installed an internal humidifier, which, along with strict temperature monitoring within the building, should ensure suitable conditions for the fragile wood, leather and metalwork that makes up this complex and surprisingly delicate instrument.

Your continued support will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

'A historical instrument of undoubted international importance, stature and significance… an undisputed treasure of Handelian times.'

Dr Gerald Gifford, Honorary Keeper of Music, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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Detail from the organ case.
photograph by SRB Humphreys