A new Baroque style organ was installed in the glorious surroundings of the Barony Hall in 2010, with the inaugural concert taking place in April of that year. However, the fundraising campaign for the remaining £65,000 gap continues. It’s not too late to add your name to the donor book to be held in the Barony Hall. Donors may also wish to consider the maintenance and upkeep of the organ in future years through a legacy.
"I have spent many enjoyable evenings at various concerts and recitals in the grand surroundings of the Barony Hall. I'm pleased to be able to support this project as the lead donor. The organ will add even more appeal to the Barony as a concert venue, allow the University to strengthen links with the RSAMD and the wider community and provide a useful teaching and learning tool." Maurice Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive, Chardon Management, Doctor of Business Administration (Honorary), 2004
"The WM Mann Foundation was delighted to support the Barony Organ Appeal. The Barony Hall is a wonderful building and the addition of a unique Baroque style instrument will help further the University's and the city's cultural reputation. The instrument promises to help put Glasgow on the map as a centre of excellence for organ music." Bill Mann, Chairman, the WM Mann Foundation
"The Barony has been used extensively by the Graduates Association over many years for its fundraising activities. We've held ceilidhs, balls, and fashion shows - all of which were bestowed with that special atmosphere one can only find in the Barony. Every person who graduates automatically becomes a member of the Graduates Association, hence, by choosing to support this appeal, we feel we're enhancing and preserving the Barony for posterity. We owe it to the Barony and University to support this worthwhile appeal." Catriona Tedford, President, Graduates Association
The new pipe organ is modelled on the instruments of the German Baroque, of the type known to J S Bach (1685-1750), unquestionably the composer of the greatest organ music of all time.
The acoustic of the venue is eminently suited to Bach’s organ music – his churches were all "dry". Thus the greatest organ music ever written has the opportunity to sound as it did in Bach’s own time.
The magnificent instrument has added greatly to the University’s musical capabilities and become a centrepiece in this celebrated venue where it has been used for concerts and recitals, teaching and learning purposes and at graduations.
The organ has increased the cultural vibrancy of the city and University and has helped to establish Glasgow as a true centre of excellence in organ music. The organ complements the other Romantic instruments in the city.