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Maggie Hamilton

Mander Organs ceases trading

10:51, 28th July 2020

Mander Organs Ltd ceased trading on 27 July.

The London-based organ builders posted an announcement on its website:

‘Mander Organs Ltd profoundly regrets to announce that, owing to cashflow difficulties and the inability to secure sufficient work, the company has ceased trading as of Monday 27.vii.2020. The management and staff would like to express their gratitude to our clients and friends for the loyalty and support they have given over the years, and particularly in the last few difficult months. Our affairs have been placed in the hands of an independent insolvency practitioner, Insolve Plus Ltd, to whom all enquiries should be addressed from now onwards.’

The company was founded by Noel Mander, a descendant of the 18th-century organ builder George Pike England. In 1947 the firm moved to a site in Bethnal Green, east London, where it remained and flourished. In 1978 Mander was awarded an OBE for services to British organ building, which had included the rebuilding of the Willis organ in St Paul’s Cathedral, completed the previous year.

Noel Mander retired in 1983, and the firm was then led by his son, John Pike Mander, who greatly expanded the firm’s remit in building new organs worldwide.

In 2002 Mander Organs was awarded the ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’, presented to the entire workforce.

On the retirement of John Pike Mander in 2018, the firm was transferred to an Employee Ownership Trust, with each member of the company having a stakeholding. Former head designer Geoff McMahon succeeded as managing director and head voicer Michael Blighton became tonal director.


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