Current Trustees of the IBO

Andrew Scott (Chair)

Having learnt to play the Hammond organ at an early age, it wasn’t until I became a chorister that my interest in the pipe organ began to develop, but it was whilst still at school I decided a career in organ building was what I wanted to pursue. In 1994 I was apprenticed to Harrison & Harrison, where, very early in my apprenticeship I showed a keen interest in tuning and voicing and made a natural move into the voicing room.
 
In 2000, at the age of 22, I succeeded David Chapman as London Tuner. Alongside my tuning responsibilities I maintained an active role in voicing, and in 2012 succeeded Peter Hopps as Head Voicer. I subsequently passed the reigns of the tuning round to Jake Holmes in 2016 to focus my time solely on voicing.
 
I have been an organ builder with H&H for just over a quarter of a century, and was appointed as a director in 2016. In the wider organ building world, for the past four years I have been a board member of the ISO, where I am the only board member who isn’t the owner or Managing Director of a firm.
 
I am passionate about bringing new and young people into organ building and regularly give presentations and talks, maintaining a faint hope that my enthusiasm may ignite a spark in some future budding organ builders. This aspect is something our trade needs to foster and the IBO can play its part in this. Outside of organ building I am involved in church music and currently hold the posts of Director of Music at St Michael and All Angels, Croydon, and Director of the chamber choir, Amici Coro, both of which I have held for the past ten years.
 

Stephen Bayley

I joined F H Browne and Sons in 1994 as an apprentice and worked on many restorations. To further my career and to have the opportunity to build new mechanical action instruments, in 1999 I joined Mander Organs. Here I worked on many exciting new projects for clients in America and Japan and was also heavily involved with the restoration on the organ at the Royal Albert Hall.
 
I returned to F H Browne and Sons in 2009 as Director and in 2013 I became owner/Managing Director. We have since built new mechanical action organs and gained accreditation in all categories in the IBO register. We have rebuilt many large organs including Battersea Arts Centre, St Nicholas Chiswick and St James’ Sussex Gardens.
 
We built a new organ building workshop in 2019 in my home village of West Stourmouth, (just outside Canterbury where my family have lived for over 6 generations) and have invested in the future of our company and that of British organ building.
Now as Managing Director of Mander Organ Builders, I am committed to insuring the longevity of both companies and to preserving the philosophy and reputation of excellence that we have inherited. I have taken on 3 new apprentices in the past 12 months and I would like to devote my time on the board pursuing the apprenticeship scheme and I’m confident we can finally get this off the ground.

Simon Brown

Simon grew up in Dorset and his interest in pipe organs began here. In 2000 he began working for Kenneth Tickell and a training in all aspects of new tracker organ building followed. Simon spent seventeen years at the company working with great colleagues on over 40 new organs. From early on time was spent in the voicing room and this increased until around 2004 when Simon took over voicing full-time. A number of outings were organised over the years, and Simon arranged a workshop trip to see and play organs in Hamburg and the north of Germany.
 
In 2017 Simon found himself back in Germany working on the tonal restoration of the Steinmeyer organ in Mannheim. On his return to the UK he began working full time in his own company, Ark Voicing. He has a workshop in the centre of Northampton.
 
Simon holds a Batchelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Acoustics and Music from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at University of Southampton.
 

Andrew Caskie

Andrew Caskie is managing director of Nicholson & Co. Ltd, a 180-years-young organ building firm of 22 staff based in Malvern, Worcestershire. I joined the firm in April 2016 as assistant to Andrew Moyes, and succeeded him in March 2018. 
I studied mechanical engineering at university, and am a chartered engineer. Before a career change to organ building, I enjoyed 15 years working mainly in private sector consultancy – apart from four years as a civil servant – on the procurement and management of major construction projects such as schools, hospitals, motorways, and latterly the £2.1bn Queensferry Crossing. I also acted as lenders’ technical adviser to banks, advising on the performance of contractors and project risks.
I have been an organist since the age of 14, my teachers including the late David Sanger, and have held a number of church positions. These including running the music at a church in the centre of Edinburgh for over 12 years, during which time I developed a strong interest in how organs worked, and eventually ran the Scottish equivalent of the diocesan organ advisory system. I’m now part of the choir and team of organists at Great Malvern Priory, and am occasionally persuaded to inflict recitals. It has been a privilege to have served as president of both the Edinburgh and Worcestershire organists’ associations.
I hope that this varied experience can offer some assistance to colleagues in the IBO. We face many challenges – some in tension – to preserve and strengthen our traditional craft skills; to be enlightened modern employers that are attractive places to work, known for investment in their staff; to be effective in robust project procurement procedures; and to make our work safer year-on-year.
The health of any firm depends on the health of our industry. British organ building is already an exemplar in showing that competitors are still colleagues, but there is much that can be done to enhance the way we work together to improve standards and encourage one another, and these are the areas I would hope to assist in if appointed.
 

Michael Farley

Born and brought up in Devon Michael Farley began organ building in 1974 forming his own business in 1985. Since then he has carried out much work throughout Devon, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight as well as some abroad including Malta and Gozo. 
The work outgrew the workshop on the old Farm where he lives in Budleigh Salterton and now operates from 2 workshop units on an estate nearby. He has been the organist at Ottery St Mary Collegiate Church for 33 years and more recently became a Churchwarden.
 

Dominic Gwynn

Dominic Gwynn is a director in Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn Ltd, organ builders and restorers, a firm of six craftspeople in Welbeck in north Nottinghamshire. This year in April we celebrate 40 years in business, from the time that Martin and I set up a small workshop making small organs for musicians in the Early Music world. Since then the firm has carried out about 135 projects, about one third of them new organs based on historic models including some exact reconstructions, and the rest restorations from clockwork barrel organs to large three manual organs.
 
My main interest is in the revival of the classical British organ. Martin and I have carried out a great deal of archaeological research into historic British organs, some of it available on our website. I have written a number of articles and essays and I hope to present a book on the English organ in early modern society and culture, 1500 to 1770, to publishers this year (about time!). But I am also concerned with parish church music and the organ’s place in it. I am very aware of the fragile supports which help to keep it going, not least the ageing profile of the personnel: singers, organists, tuners, organ builders. I would like to find ways of plugging the gaps, engaging a new generation, encouraging the existing generation and helping to improve its skills, without some of the infrastructure which the industry used to have.
 
I have an idea or two or three…. G&G joined the IBO when it first started in 1996. I was a Board member for four years then. I supported Martin during his period as President, taking a lively if sometimes sceptical interest in some of the programmes for training. This would probably be my last significant contribution to the trade from which I have had such enjoyment and satisfaction. I would hope that I might help to promote one or two of my ideas even if not on the Board, but membership would push me on.

 

Iain Harvey-Ashenhurst

Iain Harvey-Ashenhurst was introduced to the worlds of the organ and choral music at the age of eight as a chorister, within the byzantine walls of St James the Greater, Leicester. This initiated an avid interest into the King of Instruments, leading naturally to learning to play the instrument and ultimately guiding Iain to make organ building his life’s work.
Whilst still at school, Iain began working with a local Leicestershire tuner, key holding as well as frequent opportunities to tune, laying the foundations for what was to follow. On completing his A-levels Iain was employed by David Wells Organ Builders Ltd., where he enjoyed years of increasing his knowledge and skills. Predominantly working as a tuner, he gained experience working with a diverse breadth of instruments from all schools of organ building, ranging greatly in specification from pretty picante instruments with one-manual to extensive concert hall and Cathedral organs. 
In 2004 Iain founded Charles James Organs, with an ethos and vision predicated upon creating and restoring quality musical instruments. Iain spent time over the past years working with the Wells-Kennedy Partnership, where he was mentored by the late David McElderry in the art of flue voicing. Iain has worked extensively with P&S Organ Supply on various organ manufacture projects, where he was first introduced to Trevor Crowe, who tutored him in the physics of reed voicing. 
 Iain is committed to broadening and refining his practices within the craft, reflected in recent projects. The cumulative effect of this has enabled Charles James Organs to become experts in a wide range of organ building. Additionally, through Iain’s research informed approach, he has established himself within the UK as a specialist in voicing. All periods of voicing are musically created, including that of his personal interest, the sound typical of the North German Baroque instruments.
The late Carlo Curley strived “To establish the organ at the forefront of musical instruments, even if it takes the rest of [his] life” – these words are indicative of our mission statement. We would endeavour to reflect this within our contribution to the IBO board.

Outside of organ building Iain is an active organist and recitalist, who through the completion of diploma examinations continues to advance his technical ability and musical awareness. Iain is a Royal Yachting Association Instructor and enjoys time on the waterways of England on his classic motor cruiser. 

Eric Shepherd

Born appropriately in Shepherds Bush, and moved to Edgware in 1964.  I come from an organ building family, my father having founded the business in 1927.   I started working in 1970, having left school at 15.  I worked with my father, until his death in 1971, and with my older brother John.   I had been working on Saturdays and in school holidays, and could not wait to leave school to start work.   I first helped passing pipes out of an organ for cleaning before I started school.   I enjoy the variety of work, with all types of actions, and tuning and maintaining a large number of organs.  We have had a long association with the BBC, and have tuned and maintained the organ at Maida Vale studios for 27 years.
I am passionate about organs, and organ music, and go to a lot of recitals, not only on our organs. 
 
 
I have been on the Organ Club committee for 20 years, and was President for two years. Whilst I was President I arranged a tour to organs in Ireland, and shortly afterwards arranged a tour to Paris, with help from a few others, when we heard most of well known organs there. I have several thousand CDs, mostly organ and choral, and also make recordings of recitals on our organs, and of recitals by organist friends on other organs.  I have produced several CDs.  I am not really a player, having come from the old school of organ builders, but I have one or two party pieces to try out an organ.  I am a founder member of the IBO, and have been to many meetings, and weekend events.  I would work with other board members to help with events etc