Training & Apprenticeships

Apprentice making flappersH&H is committed to training. We take trainees at any age; some come straight from school or university and others have advanced woodworking skills. Initial training may take up to four years, and skills continue to develop thereafter.One of the first jobs is to perfect the skill of leathering ‘motors’, which are miniature bellows for the organ mechanism. Woodworking skills are developed to a high standard, as accuracy is vital. All aspects of organ building must be mastered, and trainees go on to develop specialist skills which may include console work, leathering of reservoirs, pipemaking, tuning and voicing.


Edington priory - fitting decorative elements to case3Organ builders work as part of a team in the workshop, and also in churches and concert halls, both nationally and internationally. When choosing apprentices, we look for people who will thrive in a skilled and friendly environment; the work requires an eye for quality, attention to detail, versatility for a wide variety of tasks, and willingness to work away from home.

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,

Telephone: 0191 378 2222