The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR)

From the Chairman and Council of The British Institute of Organ Studies

Why we need your help to ensure the future of the NPOR

If you use the NPOR regularly, you will know what a valuable resource it is. With well over 35,000 organs catalogued since 1987, its extensive coverage of British organs is already unmatched by any other country worldwide. It is owned by its founder, the British Institute of Organ Studies, a Registered Charity devoted to organ research and preservation. BIOS is committed to free access to the NPOR for all users.

The constant flow of information is efficiently managed by the Royal College of Organists on behalf of BIOS, and a team of volunteer Editors continues to extend and refine it with the ultimate ambition of including every organ in the land. The NPOR currently receives an average of more than 22,000 file searches which bring up nearly 50,000 items per month.

BIOS needs your help in maintaining and developing the NPOR database. The running and hosting costs - at present about £9,000 annually, or more than one third of our annual income - are not sustainable by BIOS alone. The future of the Register therefore depends upon the support of its users.

We ask for contributions from all those who use and value the Register. Single donations to the dedicated NPOR Fund are welcome at any time and at any level. If you are a regular user, please consider donating to the NPOR on a continuing basis by taking out a Standing Order.

How to donate

To make a single donation, please click here.

Standing Orders: To assist us in securing the future of the NPOR, we warmly encourage individuals and organisations to consider donating regularly by Standing Order. To do so, please click here.

Since BIOS is a Registered Charity, please remember to use Gift Aid if appropriate.

How much?

We are very grateful to those NPOR users who already give their support, and we hope many more will join them. All donations are welcome, whether large or small. For example, a contribution of 50p for each use of the NPOR would be greatly appreciated.

A substantial number of individuals and organisations have been particularly generous in recent years, giving sums between £50 and £500 either singly or by Standing Order. The Council of BIOS is pleased to recognise those able to offer a higher level of support, by enrolling them on an annual basis in the following categories (unless they request otherwise):

Patrons: (donating £250 or more)

Benefactors: (donating £100 or more)

To view the Roll of Patrons. Benefactors and Organists' Associations
supporting the NPOR, please click here.