The appeal enjoyed a good launch at the start of 2020 with very successful events at Deans Court by kind permission of Sir William Hanham, and at the Minster. Progress has, however, been seriously affected by Covid-19, the restrictions of which have prevented further meaningful development.
This situation continued through 2020 and currently seems likely to go on at least until summer this year, but we are working hard to keep the appeal alive. At the time of writing we have raised over £521,000 towards the overall cost of the restoration of the organ of £560,000 and we are delighted that we will not have to pay any VAT as the DCMS VAT Rebate Scheme for Listed Buildings has been extended to March 2022. The organ has been out of commission since February when work started on dismantling and repair. Completion is expected by Easter 2022 and we are now starting to plan the development and management of the music foundation, for which we are budgeting up to £500,000.
How You Can Help
Help us to raise £1,000,000 to preserve and maintain the Minster organ. Ideas include, cake sales and corporate events. Get in touch to receive a fundraising pack.
We very much welcome donations, big or small, from individuals or large companies. Every penny counts towards us reaching our target.
We are always seeking volunteers to help support events and the fundraising campaign. If you would like to be part of this and learn more, please contact us.
The appeal will be planning to lay on exciting events to raise funds for the appeal just as soon as it is possible to proceed. Watch this space and contact us for more information.
Music Has Filled The Minster Since 1408
The Minster organ was originally built in 1664 by Robert Hayward of Bath. There are a number of functioning pipes which date from this time. Originally, the organ stood on a screen which separated the nave from the choir. However, in 1856, the organist, Mr F Blount, removed the instrument and placed it in the south choir aisle.
Help Us Strike A
The Wimborne Minster Music Appeal aim is to keep the sound of music firmly in Wimborne Minster and at the heart of its vibrant community. The Minster is a highly recognised and respected venue for concerts and school events, and draws large congregations for Remembrance, Carol Services and other special services. Most importantly, it is still a centre of spiritual life for many as it has been for over 1300 years. Help us to maintain this historical feature and preserve it for generations to come.