Be Part of Making Musical History!

After 6 years of being in storage, the rare 1875 Lewis Organ is finally being restored and rebuilt in its original position within St Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield. It is an enormous undertaking.

The Lewis Organ has 174 keys, 33 foot pedals, 1,700 pipes, and an ornate Austrian oak frame. It has played a central role in music within the Cathedral for 142 years, and its restoration will ensure this continues for many future generations to come.

In 1875, the organ cost £1,095 to build and install. Today, its restoration is costing £200k - that's nearly 186 times its original cost!  We have already raised over £173k, but we still have £27k left to raise.

Please help us raise that final amount by donating what you can!

Donate to the Lewis Organ Restoration Fund through BT MyDonate

If you decide to donate, and you are a UK tax payer, you can increase your donation by adding GiftAid. GiftAid enables charities to claim the tax back from the Government on donations, at no additional cost to you.  Although we are unable to collect GiftAid through this website, after you donate you will be sent an email with a link to our online GiftAid form. Completing that form will add an extra 25% onto your donation, so please do use it if you can!

Thank you for visiting St Marie's Cathedral page on MyDonate.

Latest news about St Marie’s organ restoration

  • Organ Restoration Fund – September Update & Gallery

    We are very pleased to report that, in spite of the summer holidays, we have been making steady progress with raising money for the organ restoration fund. The total raised so far is just over £9,800 which is a significant start towards the £38,000 we need to raise, for our contribution, to the restoration work of the Victorian organ, which is currently underway.  If you have the chance you will be able to see the progress the organ builders are making with the reinstallation of the organ on the sanctuary. Read more…

  • Organ Restoration Fund – July Update

    A quick update on the progress of the organ restoration fund. So far we have raised just under £8,000 – this is quite an achievement in just 4 months and we are very grateful for your generosity so far. This is approximately 20% of the £38,000 we need, there is still a way to go. Read more…

  • Organ Restoration Fund – June Update

    Once again I am here with the latest news on the fundraising for, and the work towards, the restoration of the Lewis pipe organ. Work is now well underway and the workmen are on site preparing for the re installation of the organ to its former site on the sanctuary. We are very grateful and pleased that, since the last appeal, the restoration fund has grown by more than £850. The total raised so far is now in excess of £3,300. Read more…

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