The organ at Downside Abbey is one of the finest examples of John Compton’s work.
Although a fairly early instrument it has all the typical Compton tonal flare and innovation that had already become his trademark. The tone is helped by the Abbey’s very generous acoustic which in turn lends grandeur to the sound and makes for both a magical and moving experience for the listener. Downside is justly proud of the many organ scholars who have learned their craft on this instrument and have gone on to play in some of the finest churches in the land.
As it nears it’s hundredth birthday inevitably there is considerable repair work to undertake costing a grand total of £215,300. To date much has been accomplished thanks to the generous benefaction of Downside’s alumni and friends. We still need over £120,000 so if you can help us please visit our donation pages and be part of the restoration of this magnificent instrument.