Noted Organ Builder and Restorer Noel Mander Dies

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Organ builder and conservator Noel Mander died on September 25, the New York Times reports. He was 93 years old.

Mander salvaged a number of instruments damaged in London churches during the London blitz, and restored the organ in St. Paul's Cathedral for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubillee.

Mander's family has had organ builders in it since the 18th century. His own specialty was restoring, building, and promoting traditional, rather than electronic, pipe organs; he is listed in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "among the first postwar organ builders to take what was then seen as a radical interest in Britain's organ heritage and the restoration of historic instruments."

In 1979, he recreated a late 17th-century/early 18th-century instrument, at Pembroke College, Cambridge, from its historic remains—the first-ever attempt to do so.


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