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£800K pipe organ to be installed at Pershore Abbey

by Premier Journalist

Pershore Abbey will soon install an £800,000 pipe organ following a huge fundraising effort.

The musical instrument, made in Padua, Italy, requires a bespoke platform as there is no room for it on floor of the abbey.

Canon Claire Lording told the BBC: “We've been really mindful that the abbey is an open, used church.”

"We have services, we have lots of visitors, so we wanted to have a construction method which enabled that to continue as much as possible."

The project to buy the organ started 20 years ago. Up until now, the Worcestershire abbey has been relying on an electronic organ.

“For well over twenty years the Abbey has been in need of a new organ and has had to rely on temporary solutions to make things work, unfortunately, even these are now failing. The situation simply could not continue.

“No church deserves an organ more, as Pershore Abbey strives to builds a sustainable future for the town, region and itself,” the abbey’s fundraising website reads.

“Securing a 3-manual pipe organ built by the world-renowned Fratelli Ruffatti is seen as the first step to an exciting plan to restore, renovate and reinvigorate both the buildings and parkland and begin new initiatives with the community.”

As part of the initiatives to raise funds, people could "adopt a pipe". Canon Lording told the BBC at least £70,000 had been raised by allowing people to have their names written in the non-visible pipes.

Work on the final phase of the installation started in early January this year and will be completed by mid-April.

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