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Retain and restore the historic Hill organ

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The 1872 Hill organ at the church of St Mary Abbots, Kensington, the parish church of Kensington Palace (designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott), is one of the least altered Hill organs still extant - and, as such, is of international importance, with the Hill firm (whose early instruments were much associated with Mendelssohn's visits to Britain) going on to install many organs in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It received some additions (mainly a Solo division) by Hill in 1892, and some work by Hill, Norman & Beard (as the firm had become) in 1927. HN&B then overhauled it in 1951 (following war damage) and again in 1986. It was replaced by an electronic organ in 2008: the church now proposes to dispose of it, so that its north chancel chamber can be used for other purposes - ironically, as part of a major restoration of the church to make it more flexible, and especially more suitable for concerts and to reinstate the artistic integrity of the building, which lost some of its decorative scheme in the 1940s and 50s. It needs this fine instrument - and the country (indeed, the world) cannot afford to lose such a large and historically important Hill organ. Therefore, we call upon the Vicar and Parochial Church Council to retain the instrument and launch a further appeal for its restoration. Here is a link to its specification:

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