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The British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) encourages and promotes the study of the pipe organ, including the history and design of the instrument and its music. It owns the National Pipe Organ Register and is the listing body for historic organs. BIOS is effectively the amenity society for the British organ.  It lobbies Government, Historic England and other national bodies on behalf of the instrument.

This website is divided into sections covering Events, Membership, Information Sources, Publications, Restoration Guidance, Restoration Successes, BIOS Organisation and Publications Webstore.  Please click on the buttons above to access.

BIOS News & Services

Next Event

BIOS 40th Anniversary Conference
Magdalene College, Cambridge
Thursday 8 September - Saturday 10 September
For details  CLICK HERE    For a booking form  CLICK HERE
The Closing date for most bookings is 22 August
David Graebe, the noted organ case designer, died on 18 June. His work included the cases in Lancing College Chapel, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
  • National Pipe Organ Register

The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) aims to list details of every organ in the country.  For more information about the NPOR CLICK HERE. For direct access to the NPOR CLICK HERE. BIOS welcomes updates and corrections which should be sent to npor@bios.org.uk The National Pipe Organ Register is free of charge to users but costs money to provide. Please make a Donation -  CLICK HERE

  • Historic Organ Listing

BIOS is responsible for the listing of historic organs. To see the listing criteria CLICK HERE.  To access details of listed organs, CLICK HERE    To see details of the latest Grade 1 listings CLICK HERE. For all the latest listings CLICK HERE.  Can you offer a suitable initial assessment of a new candidate for listing ?  For more details CLICK HERE   Nominations should be submitted to the co-ordinator at  hocs@bios.org.uk

The II* listed organ in Liverpool Cathedral is heard in an organ tribute by Dan Bishop to those fallen at Hillsborough www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysYYp2ZzSqY

  • The British Organ Archive (BOA) includes original order books and drawings, contemporary journals and publications and the Andrew Freeman photographic record. It is located at the University of Birmingham. For more information  CLICK HERE.   Enquiries should be sent to the Cadbury Research Library staff at special-collections@bham.ac.uk

  • The BIOS Webstore is now open.  For copies of BIOS Journal (including issues right back to No1), copies of the Leffler facsimile and the Historic Organ Sound Archive CD,  - CLICK HERE

    The full alphabetic index to BIOS Journal issues 16-25 is now available online  CLICK HERE   The alphabetic location  index to BIOS Journal issues 26-30 is now available online  CLICK HERE

A complete set of The Organ magazine, from Volume 1 to the present day, is available from Eric Pask at eric.pask@btinternet.com

  • Grants for Organ Restoration  BIOS is unable to give grants from its own limited resources but a Guide to Grants can be downloaded  CLICK HERE
  • 'Organ Transplants'  Details of secondhand organs for sale can be found on the IBO website  CLICK HERE to visit