Southwell Minster Organathon

Welcome to the inaugural Southwell Minster Organathon!

24 hours of continuous music, 12 organists (plus the potential for more), one professional choir and a lot of stamina will be required over the course of this unique event. But you might well be wondering, why are we doing such a crazy thing...

Here in the Minster, we’re fortunate to have not one but two organs in regular use. The Screen Organ ‘speaks’ east towards the High Altar and is in daily use for Evensong services in the Quire, and the Nave Organ accompanies hearty congregational singing in the Nave, as well as the Choir at Sunday Eucharists. Both of these organs need regular care and maintenance; in particular, we are preparing for the Screen Organ to have a complete overhaul—think a major service for a car ... but this machine costs £250,000 to service! The Organathon is being held to help raise money for our two mighty instruments. We’re aiming to achieve £10,000 with our 24-hour musical marathon.

We really need your help, and we’ll all have a little fun along the way

  • Gift Aid Declaration £0
  • Grand Finale Concert £10
  • Organathon donation:
    choose from £10 to £1000
  • Corporate sponsorship £100
  • Overnight stay in the Minster £40
  • Rendition of ‘happy birthday to you’ £25
  • Sponsor an iconic piece £25
  • 15 minutes on the Nave Organ £60
  • 20 minutes at the organ console £25
  • Sponsor a hymn £10
  • Sponsor an organist £100