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Mark Venning, Chairman

Andrew Reid, Managing Director

Peter Hamlyn

Peter Hopps

Duncan Mathews, Production Director

Andrew Scott, Head Voicer

Katherine Venning

Sarah Venning

John Conlon, Company Secretary

Andrew Reid, Managing Director

Duncan Mathews, Production Director

Andrew Scott, Head Voicer

John Richardson, Head Designer

John Conlon, Finance Manager

Jeremy Maritz, Operations Manager

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The Organ Builders & Staff

The labour-intensive techniques of organ building require an unusual quality of craftsman. We currently employ over 40 organ builders including specialists in voicing, pipe making and tuning. We attach great importance to our training programme; the firm is one of the few left in the country operating a traditional apprenticeship scheme and at present we have three apprentices.

Typically, an H&H organ builder will have joined the firm as an apprentice at the age of sixteen on a four-year apprenticeship, though training continues for much longer than that. Our workshop has a family atmosphere and the presence of siblings & cousins reinforces this. Many of the organ builders come from the Durham area; most stay with H&H throughout their working lives. An awareness of international trends and techniques has been augmented in recent years by interaction with craftsmen from other European countries.The ingenuity and tenacity of our workforce have been an inseparable part of the firm’s success.


Harrison & Harrison have a team of tuners, all fully qualified as organ builders, who tune and maintain instruments all over the UK.

Stephen Alliss

Duncan Bennett

Rafael Gamiz

Charlotte Groombridge

Jake Holmes

Laura Johnson

Ian Lackenby

Áine Martin

Chris Steedman

Message from the Chairman

Note to customers:

VAT on organ maintenance and tuning might be reclaimable under the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme. It is understood that relevant invoices must be submitted within one year, to a combined minimum value of £500 excluding VAT. Further details can be obtained from Topmark (LPOW):
0845 013 6601


Harrison & Harrison Ltd
St John's Road, Meadowfield,
Durham, DH7 8YH
Telephone: 0191 378 22 22