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The British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) encourages and promotes the study of the pipe organ, including the history and design of the instrument and its music. It owns the National Pipe Organ Register and is the listing body for historic organs. BIOS is effectively the amenity society for the British organ.  It lobbies Government, Historic England and other national bodies on behalf of the instrument. BIOS is a registered charity No. 283936. 

A brief introduction to the organ, with information on ten significant instruments can be found on the ExploreChurches website. CLICK HERE

A Video Guide to the Organ was recorded at Holbrook School by Tom Bell and Richard Brasier. CLICK HERE to visit.

Playing the pedal keyboard -  Go tell it on the Mountain  -   CLICK HERE

A revised edition of the BIOS advice note Sound Advice - The Care of your Organ has been issued.   CLICK HERE to download.

BIOS News & Services

Next Event

Bernard Edmonds Research Conference 

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham   

Saturday 23 February  2019                                                                                                                           

  • The Andrew Freeman book In Search of Organs is now published. Edited by Katharine Pardee. Hardback 308 pages 234 full-page organ case photographs. Shop price 40 pounds    BIOS website price 35 pounds. CLICK HERE to buy. Individual photographs can be accessed from this website (CLICK HERE) or from the National Pipe Organ Register.
  • Star Organs of Britain Calendar 2019 Organ calendar featuring thirteen high quality pictures selected from among Britain's treasure store of historic organs. Each is printed to A3 size with user-friendly date boxes on thick, high quality art-paper, spiral bound. Published by Andrew Hayden. Photographs by Andrew Hayden. Supplied in a cardboard tube. Price £19.75 including postage and packing. Overseas price £25.00. To buy CLICK HERE

  • BIOS Journal 41 is now available. Edited by John Scott Whieley. BIOS members receive free copies.  Non-members can purchase from the website CLICK HERE
  • The Leffler Manuscript   REDUCED PRICE  A unique collection of stop-lists compiled around 1800 and attributed to Henry Leffler. The last few copies of the hardback facsimile edition are reduced to £25 plus postage - CLICK HERE

  • The Historic Organs at Risk Register singles out important organs under threat. For more information  CLICK HERE. The 1890 William Sweetland in Gloucester United Reformed Church has now been added to the register. For details CLICK HERE.
  • National Pipe Organ Register

The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) aims to list details of every organ in the country.  For more information about the NPOR CLICK HERE. For direct access to the NPOR CLICK HERE. BIOS welcomes updates and corrections which should be sent to npor@bios.org.uk The National Pipe Organ Register is free of charge to users but costs money to provide. Please make a Donation -  CLICK HERE

  • Historic Organ Listing

BIOS is responsible for the listing of historic organs. To see the listing criteria CLICK HERE.  To access details of listed organs, CLICK HERE    To see details of the latest Grade 1 listings CLICK HERE. For all the latest listings CLICK HERECan you offer a suitable initial assessment of a new candidate for listing ?  For more details CLICK HERE   Nominations should be submitted to the co-ordinator at  hocs@bios.org.uk

  • Call for papers - Bernard Edmunds Conference - 23 February 2019

Proposals should present some recent research into aspects of organ history, including music and performance.  A broad range of subjects are encouraged and papers on organs and organ builders, including British organ-builders working overseas and organs built in Britain by foreign organ-builders, will be welcomed alongside papers more broadly based. 

Papers should be around twenty-five minutes in length, and the use of musical and pictorial illustrations is encouraged.  Students are encouraged to apply for short slots to present initial research findings.

Proposals will be reviewed by members of BIOS Council and the authors will be notified as soon as possible.

A summary proposal of 200 words, along with a brief biographical note, should be sent as soon as possible. 

  • The British Organ Archive (BOA) includes original order books and drawings, contemporary journals and publications and the Andrew Freeman photographic record. It is located at the University of Birmingham. For more information  CLICK HERE.   Enquiries should be sent to the Cadbury Research Library staff at special-collections@bham.ac.uk

  • The BIOS Webstore  For copies of BIOS Journal (including issues right back to No1), copies of 'In Search of Organs', the Leffler facsimile and the Historic Organ Sound Archive CD,  - CLICK HERE

    The full alphabetic index to BIOS Journal issues 16-25 is now available online  CLICK HERE   The alphabetic location  index to BIOS Journal issues 26-30 is now available online  CLICK HERE

  • Organ Music on-line is now available 24/7. Over 111,000 listeners in its first 12 months. Try it at www.orgelradio.eu  Thursday is Bach day !

Video clips of four of the organs on the Restoration Successes page are now available. CLICK HERE

Clips of two of the organs recently listed Grade 1 are now available. CLICK HERE

  • The European Parliament Directive on the use of 'hazardous substances' has been amended to specifically exclude pipe organs from a ban on the use of lead 'due to the lack of alternatives for substitution', 'significant cultural loss' and the potential Europe-wide annual loss of up to 65 million Euros.
  • Grants for Organ Restoration  BIOS is unable to give grants from its own limited resources but a Guide to Grants can be downloaded  CLICK HERE
  • 'Organ Transplants'  Details of secondhand organs for sale can be found on the IBO website  CLICK HERE to visit