D'Arcy Trinkwon

At Selby Abbey

Outstanding virtuoso organist D'Arcy Trinkwon performs in leading international festivals & concerts worldwide.

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D'Arcy Trinkwon playing Étude Symphonique by Enrico Bossi.


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John Scott


At Selby Abbey

Organ Emeritus of York Minster John Scott Whiteley has won

 acclaim for his TV performances

of the Complete Organ

Music of JS Bach,

"A triumph both nationally

and musically."


His performance at Selby Abbey of pieces by leading composers is now available on DVD.

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Organ Recitals

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The Organ Appeal

Our internationally famous organ from 1909 is a magnificent example of one of the most highly respected organ builders, William Hill & Son. It is an instrument of exceptionally high quality and a valuable survivor from this period of the firm’s work.

Many celebrated concert organists have played on the Selby Abbey Hill. But it was the three iconic LP recordings in the early 1960s by the Italian virtuoso Fernando Germani, arguably the greatest organist of all time, which spread the instrument’s stunning sound around the world.

In 2012, after over a century of service, it became clear that the organ was seriously unwell. It had been patched and repaired a number of times and was already regularly unreliable. The moment had finally come for a complete restoration to return it to its previous sonic splendour.

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New CD 'Fernando Germani at Selby Abbey' now available>

With the generous backing of the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, we launched a major appeal to raise the estimated £520,000 needed.

We are enormously grateful to the many famous international organists who have endorsed our appeal including Nicolas Kynaston; Dame Gillian Weir and the late Carlo Curley. Now four years later, with the very generous support we have received from benefactors, both in this country and abroad, we have reached our target and the restoration by Principal Pipe Organs of York has begun under the direction of Organ Consultant, Paul Hale.

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The eighteen month project will be completed by the summer of 2016 and the organ re-consecrated by the Archbishop of York, the Appeal Patron, on 21st July.

A Nave Console

It has long been our aspiration to have a console positioned in the nave for both liturgical and concert use. An exciting opportunity has arisen to acquire a console of great historical significance and thanks to the generosity of the Michael Uren Foundation, the Pilling Trust and the Dr Martin Clarke Young Organ Scholars Trust, we have raised the additional £54,000 to buy and refurbish it.

Your help is needed

Maintaining the organ in prime condition and protecting it from the changing seasons with their dramatic variations in humidity, is vital and will be the focus of our fundraising for the future. Buying a featured DVD will be of great help.

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Grand Celebration Concert

To mark the completion of the Hill Organ restoration, we are holding a Grand Celebration Concert, on Friday 9th September 2016 at 7.30pm, featuring the Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Adrian Partington and with organists John Scott Whiteley and D’Arcy Trinkwon.

The programme includes:

Elgar Cockaigne Overture

Jongen Sinfonia Concertante

Guilmant Symphony No 2 in A Major Op 91