Abraham Jordan Organ
St George’s is home to a very special and unique church organ: the best surviving example of an 18th century Abraham Jordan organ in the world.
The organ was built in 1723 and originally housed at St George Botolph, a church in the City of London designed by Sir Christopher Wren. When this church was demolished in 1901 the organ was moved to the newly built St George’s in Southall.
If you want to see or play it yourself, either come on a Sunday morning or contact us to arrange a visit.
You can listen to a piece played on our organ by Tom Bell. It was written in the 18th century by John Stanley and it's called Trumpet Tune.
You can also listen to a fun piece composed by Bernie Gardner with local school children combining Asian style music with the organ. It's called See-Yo!
You can also buy a CD, Verses and Voluntaries, played by internationally acclaimed organist William Whitehead.
To read the whole story you can download our booklet for free.
But in summary: following a lot of hard work we made a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to restore the organ to its original condition which was undertaken by Mander Organs in 2009. You can read Mander Organs' Restoration Report with photos of the organ before, during and after restoration, plus technical drawings of the organ.
To make sure the organ becomes an asset for our local community we have run an education project with local schools about the science, history and music of the organ.
You can explore the history of our organ, see archive material and view pictures of the restoration process. We also have resources for schools available.