Current Trustees of the IBO

Andrew Moyes (President)

Andrew worked first as a control system designer for GEC Traction, then as Rolling Stock Electrical Engineer for Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway and Rolling Stock Engineer for London Underground’s new Jubilee Line Extension.  His involvement in the organ building craft started in the early 1980s when he worked with Alan Taylor on several projects including the very first application of microprocessor control to a church organ. In 1994, he applied himself full time to organ building and became Managing Director of Nicholson & Co. in Malvern.  During his tenure, the firm has moved to modern premises and has built and rebuilt organs in Malvern, Christchurch and Bridlington Priories, Southwell Minster, Portsmouth, Gloucester and Llandaff Cathedrals. He was bemused to find himself being consulted by the BBC on the script for the overhaul of the fictional Ambridge church organ in The Archers!  He has previously served twice as a board member

Richard Bower

Richard Bower studied the piano at school and that lead to Graduation from the Royal College of Music as an organist. Interest soon moved beyond the console; turned down by the established firms because of age he joined E & W Storr, organ builders in the home city of Norwich;  Edward Storr was apprenticed directly to Ernest Norman and talked about the men there so I still feel a special affinity with Norman & Beard’s work. My own apprenticeship turned to partnership and proprietorship and in 1980s the name turned to Bower & Company building new tracker actioned organs.
 
The 1990s saw the arrival of my CAD and this enabled several suspended actioned two manual organs and interesting reconstructions including Gibraltar Cathedral and Hampstead Parish Church. The study and restoration of Holdich has been special and his éclat never fails. Preservation of our history is important and there is so much past excellence out there but often later alteration has destroyed the integrity. Richard’s weekend job is on the organ stool as Director of Music at a market town church. Playing fires the appreciation and the improvement! The control of the pallet in relation to pipe speech is the essence of our craft, without it the digital world will prevail. The challenge is to lead our future generation to appreciate, restore and develop our craft.

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.
 

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.

 

Andrew Scott

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.
 

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