An internationally recognized symbol of all that is Anglican today discovered that their massive pipe organ was missing.
King’s College today announced it has become the victim of the largest musical instrument theft in history after the theft of its largest instrument.
The College has been raising money for the restoration of the Chapel organ, parts of which date from 1605. A team from organ builders Harrison & Harrison arrived this morning to discover that the instrument was missing.
While the porters initially suspected a student prank, a search of the Senate House roof has failed to turn up the instrument. It has now emerged that a group of men with a lorry spent weeks at the College in January and February of this year, and helpful chapel staff allowed them to dismantle the organ without asking for ID.
This represents the College’s single largest loss since the theft of the Bell Tower in 1739.