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Our Mission

Wimborne Minster dates from an 8th Century Saxon monastic foundation, which by the 11th Century had developed into a Norman minster church. It became the home of a musical tradition that predates that of many English cathedrals and ranks high on the scale of national historical importance. 

The Minster organ needs a major overhaul and repairs to enable it to continue to support and enhance the Anglican choral and musical traditions of the Minster. This was a particularly exciting development for the Minster in its 900th year.

 A Music Foundation is to be established to support redevelopment of music in the Minster and to communicate its musical heritage to the congregation, the community, and to develop links with local schools.

Minster Organ 

Provide an outstanding organ to support and enhance the Anglican choral and musical traditions of the Minster



Music Foundation 

Establish a Music Foundation to manage support and development of music in the Minster, to communicate the musical heritage to the congregation and the community, and to develop links with local schools


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 2021 when by the autumn we began to emerge from lockdown. We have been working hard to keep the appeal alive and we have secured a large proportion of the £560,000 required for the restoration of the organ 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 the £500,000 we now require to establish and develop our music foundation. Ideas range from cake sales to 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.



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