Ecclesiastical Law Association

Ecclesiastical Law Association

Judgments: Organs

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The Chancellor granted a faculty to allow the disposal of the existing pipe organ and its replacement with an electronic organ. Although there were some written objections, the Chancellor took into account (inter alia): reports of the Diocesan Organs Advisor and an independent advisor that the pipe organ was of no great merit; the DAC recommending the proposal; the petitioners and PCC supporting the proposals; and the fact that the church is unlisted.

Faculty refused for the installation in the chancel of a Grade I listed church of a large nineteenth century pipe organ to replace a smaller electronic organ, on the ground that the pipe organ would have "a significant adverse impact on the chancel’s special character".

Faculty granted for the installation of an electronic organ to replace a pipe organ in an unlisted 1930s church.