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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.

A Layman's Guide to the Organ can be found on the ChurchDays website.  CLICK HERE to visit

BIOS News & Services

Next Event

OrganFest 2016

Edinburgh       

Friday 28 October - Sunday 30 October

Organised jointly with the Royal College of Organists, the Incorporated Association of Organists and the Edinburgh Society of Organists

For details  CLICK HERE   To make an on-line booking CLICK HERE
 
  • Proposals for papers are invited for the Bernard Edmonds Research Conference  on 18th February 2017 at the Barber Institute, Birmingham University.

Papers should be around twenty-five minutes in length, and the use of musical and pictorial illustrations is encouraged.  Students are encouraged to apply for short slots if they wish to present initial research findings.

A summary proposal of 200 words, along with a brief biographical note, should be sent by 30 October 2016  to Richard Hobson, 52, Dickinson Square, Croxley Green,Rickmansworth  WD3 3EY Tel: 01923 718870 e-mail: hbsrnh@aol.com

  • The Andrew Freeman Book In Search of Organs is now published. Hardback 308 pages 234 full-page organ case photographs. Contributions by Nicholas Thistlethwaite, Christopher Kent, James Berrow, Andrew Hayden and Katharine Pardee. Edited by Katharine Pardee.  List price 40 pounds    BIOS website price 35 pounds. CLICK HERE to buy.
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  • BIOS Journal 40 is now available. Edited by Nicholas Thistlethwaite with papers by Peter Williams, Nicholas Thistlethwaite, Andrew McRea, Mark Venning, Dominic Gwynn, James Berrow, William McVicker and John Scott Whiteley. BIOS members receive free copies direct from the publisher.  Non-members can purchase from the website CLICK HERE
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  • The Historic Organs at Risk Register is now launched. The purpose of the register is to single out important organs under threat. For more information  CLICK HERE
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  • 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 HERECan 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 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  For copies of BIOS Journal (including issues right back to No1), copies of 'In Search of Organs', 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

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

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.

  • 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
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  • 'Organ Transplants'  Details of secondhand organs for sale can be found on the IBO website  CLICK HERE to visit