Nicholson & Co. employs 18 staff at its premises in Malvern. It is proud to have a workforce with extensive experience and knowledge, many having served apprenticeships with the company, and whose abilities cover every conceivable aspect of the art of organ building and restoration. Though traditional in our skills we constantly re-evaluate our technical designs so as to offer our clients the most up-to-date instruments possible.
Andrew Moyes – Managing Director
Andrew Moyes joined Nicholson & Co in 1994. Since then he has overseen the installation of major new organs at Llandaff Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Southwell Minster and Christchurch Priory, rebuilds in Gloucester Cathedral, Malvern Priory and Bridlington Priory, plus many smaller projects.
In addition to his duties as Managing Director, Andrew has a particular involvement in electrical and mechanical action design, prepares the wind schematics and electrical circuit diagrams and is himself an organist. Prior to joining Nicholson & Co., he worked as a design engineer and project manager with GEC and the underground railways in Hong Kong and London.
He holds a B.Sc. degree, is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He has served three times on the Board of the Institute of British Organ Building, of which he is currently President.
Andrew Caskie – Assistant Managing Director
Andrew Caskie joined Nicholson & Co. in 2016, having previously worked in engineering project management of large infrastructure projects around the UK and Ireland such as the Queensferry Crossing. He is a former chairman of the Scottish Federation of Organists organ advisory team and was director of music at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh for over 12 years. His organ teachers included the late David Sanger.
Andrew holds a B.Eng. degree and is a chartered mechanical engineer. In his spare time he gives organ recitals around the UK, and is part of the choir and the team of organists at Great Malvern Priory.
Guy Russell – Tonal Director
Guy Russell has particular responsibility for the manufacture, scaling and voicing of Nicholson & Co.’s pipework. His interest in organ building stems from his time as a choirboy at Wimborne Minster when he had organ lessons under David Blott and the firm of J.W. Walker rebuilt the Minster organ. He subsequently served an apprenticeship with Walker, eventually specialising in voicing.
He joined Nicholson & Co in 1978 as Head Voicer and took over from Dennis Thurlow as Tonal Director in 1998.
Guy has served on the Board of the Institute of British Organ Building and the IBO Accreditation Committee.
James Atherton – Head Voicer
James joined Nicholson & Co. in 2005 as a tuner and voicer working under Guy Russell. He previously worked with Matthew Copley as part of the Organ Design team as head tuner. He began his career in organ building as an apprentice tuner with David Wells in Liverpool over 20 years ago.
Alongside his work at Nicholson & Co., James is a renowned professional tenor, having sung in several cathedral choirs including Winchester Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He has sung in most of the UK’s top ensembles and is in demand as a soloist. In his spare time, he spends as much time with his family as he can in the beautiful Herefordshire town of Ledbury.
Mike Lane – Draughtsman
Mike Lane joined Nicholson & Co. in January 1977 as a trainee/apprentice organ builder in the workshop. He left Malvern in March 1984 and moved to Yorkshire, where he was employed at Laycock and Bannister (Nicholson & Co.) at Cross Hills works.
Having moved on to a career in cabinet making and shopfitting, Mike gained considerable experience in AutoCAD in the design office and became a draughtsman/designer. In 2002, Mike returned to Malvern and once again joined the Nicholson & Co. team in his new role as draughtsman.
Mike is responsible for producing the designs from tender stage with input from the directors on technical and tonal matters.
He produces a full design from site survey to finished organ and, in recent years, has also become responsible for project management.
Kevin Davies – Factory Manager
Kevin Davies joined Nicholson & Co. on work experience straight from school in 1981 as apprentice organ builder and has been with the company ever since, working his way up to Factory Manager.
Kevin has responsibility for a team of eight in the workshop and successfully combines this with the on-site management of projects.
Richard Sanders – Pipe Maker
Richard Sanders has recently celebrated 40 years of service with Nicholson & Co. since joining straight from school at the age of 16 in 1971.
His initial role at the company was as tuning assistant but he became an apprentice pipe-maker after 18 months and has not looked back.
Nicholson & Co. is one of the few British companies retaining its own metal shop and Richard now has sole responsibility for the manufacture and restoration of its pipes.