Organ builder

Organ builder

“An organ builder designs, manufactures and assembles the components required in a pipe organ”

An organ builder uses their skill and labour for the bespoke fabrication and/or restoration of pipe organs and/or their constituent components. As an apprentice, you’ll train in the design, manufacture and assembly of the components required in a pipe organ; in putting organ pipes onto speech and tuning them; and in the repair, maintenance and tuning of existing organs. You’ll learn to use materials such as wood, leather, tin and lead, and will be primarily working either in a workshop or on site, which will typically be a church or public auditorium. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you’ll be recognised by the Institute of British Organ Building as a qualified organ builder, making you eligible for employment by any of its accredited business members. You’ll also be eligible for individual or associate membership.

Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Music and DT

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum