Henry Groves & Son Ltd Pipe Organ Builders Nottingham

History of the Firm 1990-1994

Jonathan's first task was to carry out the clean and overhaul of the Cousan's organ at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Nottingham (1990). The work was carried out for Father John Berry, the Roman Catholic Organ Advisor for Nottingham, and from this came further contracts within the Nottingham Diocese. This included the overhaul and enlargement of Father Berry's own organ at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Eastwood. In 1995 Jonathan was delighted to receive the order to overhaul the three manual organ at St. Barnabas' Catholic Cathedral, Nottingham. (This is stil in our care 2016)

In 1991 Jonathan completed the installation of a one manual organ at Owmby-by-Spital, Lincolnshire following recommendation from Mr Laurence Elvin, Diocesan Organ Adviser for Lincolnshire. Further contracts were carried out within Lincolnshire for Mr Elvin.

Both Alvin Groves and Laurence Elvin had a big influence on Jonathan's Organ building career and it was a great privilege to have a Chapter (Youthful Enterprise) written about the then 22 year old in Laurence Elvin's final book, 'Pipes & Actions'.

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