Who we are
The restoration of the Willis Organ and the re-housing of the same in the Alexandra Palace or any public building erected on or at the site of the palace. The promotion of organ recitals and associated educational activities on the Alexandra Palace organ.
We are seeking to appoint a new Treasurer.
Ideally person fulfilling the role will be a Trustee and support the small number of Trustees and the Secretary in the ‘day-to-day’ running of the Charity. Currently we have a small membership of ‘Friends of the Appeal’ which requires a little administrative work. We have four Trustees meetings per annum held in London and on Zoom.
The Charity also runs on average five events per annum at the Alexandra Palace which (before the pandemic) attracted between 50 & 300 depending on what event we were promoting. We plan to make the admission system cashless using online methods to book tickets and a card machine at the entrance door.
The Charity is there to raise awareness and to promote the restoration of the historic Willis organ in the Great Hall in the Alexandra Palace. It is currently about half-complete and there is a desire to achieve a plan for a major restoration programme to complete the instrument. However extensive fundraising would be required and we are realistic about this. The instrument has not been complete and fully working since 1941 when bomb damage during WW2 silenced it.
After the disastrous fire of 1980 which destroyed the outer wooden case and some mechanisms, Henry Willis (Organ Builders) put together and instrument using parts they had in store of the original organ and this was opened in August 1990. Some more pipes have been added to this since and currently some of the largest Pedal pipes are being restored by Willis.
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