Charles James Organs was founded in 2004 by Iain Harvey ATCL FISOB and is a traditional organ building, tuning and maintenance company, providing an all round organ building service throughout the United Kingdom and further afield when required.
Based in the National Forest at the heart of Rural England, where our facilities include design, solid-state wiring, voicing of fluework and reeds and all facilities to ensure an instrument of first class quality whether new, rebuilt or restored to the highest standards. In work of a larger nature we employ the skills of specialist supply companies to enable us to provide clients with the best available in the organ-building tradition of Great Britain and beyond. Each organ, receives the attention necessary to create mechanical perfection, cohesion and musical balance of tone.
Each pipe of an organ is its own individual speaker working in harmony with the building or room to produce a musical sound. It is within the obvious quality, of an acoustic organ, that the detail is found and confidence in its longevity.
The hallmark of Charles James Organs is a dedication to every detail and keeping at the forefront the essence of the musical needs of a church, civic building, private residence and musicians.
Iain Harvey was born in Leicestershire in 1977 and was surrounded by music from an early age. His ancestors include musicians and a piano maker. He began singing lessons in 1985 and subsequently, through his teacher's encouragement, joined the choir of St. James the Greater, Leicester and whilst Head Chorister attained the St Nicolas award, the RSCM’s highest treble level. During this time he became interested in the organ both as a musical instrument and as a musical machine. Whilst remaining in the choir, Iain first took organ lessons at Leicester Cathedral and later at St. James the Greater.
In 1995, Iain moved to Liverpool to train with David Wells Organ Builders Ltd. On completing his training, he was given the responsibility of looking after some of the finest organs in the country, including the Cathedrals of Chester, Coventry and Liverpool Metropolitan. During this time, Iain took lessons at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
Iain founded Charles James Organs in October, 2004, and continued being mentored in the art of flue and reed voicing – an artistic skill quite separate from organ maintenance and building. From the outset, Charles James Organs has sought to provide a dedicated and excellent organ building, tuning & maintenance service. Iain’s enthusiasm for technical knowledge and artistic excellence within the organ is augmented at every level as he carefully researches instruments from all styles and periods of musical history, and promotes the company in the building of new smaller instruments in the Baroque manner of voicing. Iain gained the Fellowship of the Incorporated Society of Organ Builders in 2017.
Iain regularly gives organ recitals and in 2015, returned to having tuition to increase his musical awareness and technical ability. Having gained, with distinction, the Associate of the Trinity College of Music in November 2017, he currently is preparing for the Licentiate diploma.
The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.