Noel Mander

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Noel Percy Mander
Born 19 May 1912
Died 18 September 2005
Nationality UK
Other names Noel P. Mander, N. P. Mander
Known for Organ maker, founder of Mander Organs

Noel Percy Mander MBE, FSA (19 May 1912 – 18 September 2005) was a noted organ builder and founder of the firm Mander Organs.[1][2]

A native of Crouch, Kent he grew up in South London. After dropping out of school early, he went to work for a publisher before using family contacts to secure a job with organ builder Ivor of Hill, Norman & Beard in the 1930s.[3] Mander started working independently in 1936, and found employment with the diocese of London.[4] On the onset of World War II, Mander, who saw several of his early works destroyed under German bombardments, first became an auxiliary fireman before joining the Royal Artillery in 1940. He was deployed in North Africa and Italy, and wounded in Salerno.[4]

In 1946, he returned to civilian life and resumed his partnership with the diocese of London, restoring several organs damaged during the war. He founded his own company, Mander Organs, that same year, and married Enid Watson.

During the subsequent years, Mander's craftmanship gained him wide recognition - as The Guardian's reporter Barry Millington would later write in Mander's obituary, "a reputation (for himself) as a restorer of quality and sensitivity".[3]

His crowning achievement was the rebuilding of the organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, between 1972 and 1977, for which he was appointed in the New Year Honours 1979 as a Member of The Order of the British Empire.[5] Mander retired in 1983 and left his company to his son John.[4]


  1. ^ Douglas Martin,"Noel Mander, Organ Maker, Is Dead at 93", The New York Times, 24 September 2005.
  2. ^ Manders History (Accessed 23 Dec 2010).
  3. ^ a b Millington, Barry (29 September 2005). "Obituary: Noel Mander". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Shenton, Kenneth (10 October 2005). "Noel Mander". The Independent. London: Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "No. 47723". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1978. p. 15. 

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