Henry Groves & Son Ltd Pipe Organ Builders Nottingham

History of the Firm 2011-2016

We have continued to have a busy work schedule and have completed some very interesting and rewarding projects.

Our modular direct electric action organs have proved very popular and an ideal solution to retain the pipe organ even when space within the Church is at a premium. Two projects have replaced one manual instruments with larger two manual organs, in half the space, both creating new vestrys below. These were at St. Wilfrid's Parish Church, Calverton 2012 and more recently at St. Mark's Parish Church, Newnham, Cambridge 2015. (See Portfolio)

Two re-located organs have been installed into two Derbyshire Churches, replacing ailing poor quality instruments.: English Martyrs RC Church, Alvaston 2013 and St. Bartholemew's PC, Hognaston 2015. This option often proves to be more cost effective and more practical. (See Portfolio)

Major rebuilds and restoration work has always been a mainstay of our business over the years. Our last project of 2015 at St. Michael's Parish Church, Averham proved to be a challenging and most rewarding example.

Following water ingress some 25 years ago the fine two manual JJ Binns organ of 1901 had laid dorment. Following a generous donation from a private benefactor the restoration work began in April 2015 and was completed on time for its first service on December 27th 2015. The organ is unique within an English rural church as it is powered by three sources: The original hand blowing, the standard electric blower, and the more unusual water pump with its own separate bellows. (both to be restored in 2016).

The organ sounds magnificent and is certainly the hidden gem of Nottinghmshire.

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