National Pipe Organ Register


National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR)

As part of our wider support for scholarship and academic work, The Royal College of Organists is responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Pipe Organ Register.

The NPOR, which is owned and funded by the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS), is a unique internet-based database containing details of 31,000 organs, and includes 10,000 pictures and 260 sound recordings.

Having been started in its present form in 1991 in Cambridge by Peter le Huray and Mike Sayers, the NPOR project has since been developed by the Council of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS), with data input and editing carried out by a small group of dedicated volunteers.

Today’s NPOR is a remarkable and important resource, widely admired and heavily used. It is now managed by the RCO on behalf of BIOS, and the the service it offers is a perfect complement to the College’s existing scholarly and academic work.

Access the National Pipe Organ Register

The NPOR Manager is RCO administrator Andrew Macintosh, contactable for NPOR matters at