The Blue Coat School is excited to have been awarded a National Lottery grant to undertake an innovative music and social project focussed on the restoration of our historic pipe organ.

The project, called Blue Coat For All, will restore the school’s rare, museum quality 1874-built Father Willis organ with a £162,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Once fully functional again, the organ will become the heart of regular public concerts for the first time. The project will also include forming a 50-member Community Choir, digitally cataloguing the School archive and making it publically accessible on a new website, and developing a community outreach programme with local primary and specialist schools.

Once restored, the Father Willis organ will be the prominent focal point of a wider major refurbishment of our 1906-built assembly hall, named Shirley Hall, in honour of a former Trustee and benefactor WH Shirley.

The Blue Coat School is excited to have been awarded a National Lottery grant to undertake an innovative music and social project focussed on the restoration of our historic pipe organ.

The project, called Blue Coat For All, will restore the school’s rare, museum quality 1874-built Father Willis organ with a £162,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Once fully functional again, the organ will become the heart of regular public concerts for the first time. The project will also include forming a 50-member Community Choir, digitally cataloguing the School archive and making it publicly accessible on a new website, and developing a community outreach programme with local primary and specialist schools.

Once restored, the Father Willis organ will be the prominent focal point of a wider major refurbishment of our 1906-built assembly hall, named Shirley Hall, in honour of a former Trustee and benefactor WH Shirley.

We have launched our Pipe Up fundraising appeal to create a lasting legacy to Blue Coat For All. If you’d like to support Pipe Up please click here.

More information to follow soon!

To find out more about Blue Coat For All and how you can get involved please contact our Blue Coat For All Project Manager, Peter Elson, at p.elson@bluecoatschool.org.uk