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Ian Bell

Full time Professional Organ Advisor since 1993. Born and educated in York. In 1960 joined the John Compton Organ Company in London as an apprentice voicer. Moved to N.P.Mander Ltd, now Mander Organs, in 1963 as assistant voicer, taking charge of all voicing from 1965 to 1972. From 1972 to 1991 took charge of the Mander design office, involving supervising the workshops and most site assembly, as well as extensive design work, estimating and proposals. For many projects this also included responsibility for pipe-scaling and liaison with the voicing team in initial voicing and ‘setting up’.

Projects supervised included: Cathedral organs of St Paul’s, Canterbury, Chichester, Rochester, Bristol and Truro. Birmingham Town Hall, Eton College Chapel, Winchester College Chapel, Mill Hill School, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Princeton University Chapel and countless smaller new, restored or rebuilt instruments. Director of N.P. Mander Ltd 1981 to 1993, but resigned from the company in 1993 to concentrate on consultancy.

Council Member of the Incorporated Society of Organ Builders 1987-1996
Vice President 1994-1995; President 1995-1996; Administrator, Institute of British Organbuilding, 1995-1998.

Has served as a member of the Organs Committee of the Council for the Care of Churches, now CBC and as a member of the panel of assessors and monitors for the Arts Council of England Lottery Fund, and the Heritage Memorial Lottery Fund. Curator of the Grand Organ at St Paul's Cathedral 1995-2009, advising the Dean & Chapter on matters relating to the organs.

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