The British Institute of
Organ Studies


The National Pipe Organ Register


  Harlton Parish Church, Cambs
 1849 organ case based on the 16th
century organ at Tirlemont, Belgium

The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) provides a no-charge and advertisement-free on-line catalogue of organs in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Searches may be performed on building address and on builder name. The output from these is in the form of a short-list arranged by county and town. Individual instruments can be selected from this list and for each one the following information is normally shown:

Name of building
Index number for the survey in the NPOR
Date of the survey
Builders and dates
Console and casework information

CLICK HERE for an explanatory video by Andrew Macintosh (NPOR Manager) 

Search the NPOR database

Listed organs with Historic Organ certificates (HOCS) are noted, with grades.
Many surveys include photographs and some have links to recordings in the Historic Organ Sound Archive (HOSA)

The NPOR was begun in its present computer-based form in 1991 by Peter le Huray and Mike Sayers.at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. The service is now hosted by the Royal College of Organists. The structure and history of the NPOR to 2012 is described in an article by Mike Sayers that can be viewed on-line - CLICK HERE. More detailed information is available on the NPOR Website itself.

The information, originally based on public records, has been supplemented by information sent in by individual contributors. BIOS is most grateful to all those who have contributed material to the NPOR; without them it would not exist. The data is still not complete and additions and corrections are welcome. Updates should be sent to the NPOR Manager at npor@bios.org.uk.To obtain an NPOR survey form CLICK HERE.  Data input and editing is controlled by a small group of specialist voluntary editors.

Make a Donation to the NPOR

The National Pipe Organ Register has operated free of charge ever since its foundation and it is our intention to maintain this valuable resource for all to use.  However, it costs money to manage all the information we receive and to maintain the database.  These costs have now increased to a level which BIOS (Registered Charity No.283936) can no longer sustain without help. We therefore want to encourage users of the NPOR to contribute towards its running costs. A donation of as little as 50p for each visit would make a worthwhile difference. 

  • To make a single online donation at any level, please CLICK HERE

Alternatively, a hard-copy cheque, payable to BIOS, can be posted to Adrian Mumford, 63 Atbara Road, Teddington TW11 9PA

As well as seeking single donations, we are also keen to find individuals and organisations to support us on a regular basis.                                                

Those able to donate larger sums will be enrolled annually in the following categories: these donors will be gratefully listed on the NPOR website unless they request otherwise.   

Benefactor – for donations of £100 or more   

Patron – for donations of £250 or more                                                                                                                                      

Donations at any level will be gratefully received and will help to ensure the future of the NPOR.

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