JDA Media has worked with The Friends of St Swithun's and the Churches Conservation Trust over a period of three years to produce this video documenting the restoration of the organ.
The Organ Restoration Campaign started in 2007 before the identity of its makers was established by researcher Jim Berrow, working on behalf of The Friends of St Swithun's. Its importance was formally recognised in June 2008 with the award of a Grade I Certificate from the British Institute of Organ Studies. The certificate states "The organ in St Swithun’s Church, Worcester has been awarded a certificate in recognition of it being an important instrument by William and Robert Gray 1795, with additions by the newly founded firm of John Nicholson 1844 … The organ is therefore listed in the Institute’s Register of Historic Pipe Organs as being an instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving careful preservation for the benefit of future generations."
The restoration work was carried out by Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn of Goetze and Gwynn, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and took place between July 2009 and April 2010. Goetze and Gwynn were selected because of their reputation for exacting restoration of this period of early English instruments. The organ was carefully dismantled and transported to Worksop following the 2009 St Swithun’s Festival, and each component was carefully conserved and restored to its original condition using traditional materials and craftsmanship.
A service of rededication was held on Sunday 2 May 2010 to celebrate the return of the organ in fully playable condition. The first recital, given by Adrian Lucas, Organist and Choirmaster of Worcester Cathedral, took place on Saturday 8th May 2010.