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I'm leaving these (British) shores in the autumn to take up a job with a relief organisation (no pun intended) in the north-east Democratic Republic of Congo. I can't for one minute imaging there are any working organs in DRC (if there are, they're probably a few thousand miles downriver in Kinshasa, though depending on weight limits I might be able to pack a 5 octave keyboard). So I wonder if anyone knows of organs in east Africa that I might be able to try out and hopefully get some practice on? Every few weeks I'll be travelling to Kampala, and hope to get to Nairobi too. South Africa is a longshot though I guess there would be something in Joburg. What about Malawi or Tanzania?

 

Oh, and if anyone fancies a bit of restoration, I have come across this instrument that's in need of rather a lot of TLC at a gamepark in Kenya: http://www.voxlancastria.org.uk/stopt.htm

 

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I'm leaving these (British) shores in the autumn to take up a job with a relief organisation (no pun intended) in the north-east Democratic Republic of Congo. I can't for one minute imaging there are any working organs in DRC (if there are, they're probably a few thousand miles downriver in Kinshasa, though depending on weight limits I might be able to pack a 5 octave keyboard). So I wonder if anyone knows of organs in east Africa that I might be able to try out and hopefully get some practice on? Every few weeks I'll be travelling to Kampala, and hope to get to Nairobi too. South Africa is a longshot though I guess there would be something in Joburg. What about Malawi or Tanzania?

 

Oh, and if anyone fancies a bit of restoration, I have come across this instrument that's in need of rather a lot of TLC at a gamepark in Kenya: http://www.voxlancastria.org.uk/stopt.htm

 

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What you really need is a new Mander touring-organ.....a bit like that clever folding harpsichord Bach took with him to Bohemia, when he accompanied the Prince of Cothen (I think it was him!) on holiday there.

 

However, I've found the following links for you, and believe it or not, THEY BUILD ORGANS IN AFRICA.

 

http://www.elct.org/bangsund/news/jnjarc19c.html

 

http://www.anglican-cathedral.org.zm/histo...www.saorgans.ws

Potchefstroom University

http://www.puk.ac.za/music/index.html

University of the Orange Free State / Universiteit van die Oranje-Vrystaat

http://www.uovs.ac.za

Johannesburg Organ Society

http://www.geocities.com/ankh_sunamin/

http://members.freemail.absa.co.za/aj6/homepage.htm

 

Organbuilders

 

Byrne

http://www.byrnepipeorgans.com/

The Organbuilders

http://web.alignafrica.com/edgyhart/

Selway Robson

http://www.selwayrobson.co.za

 

I'm sure there are lots more, because Kenya and Tanzania have English connections going back a long time.

 

Other than that, I don't know too much about Africa.........they have lions, girafffe, antelopes, elephants and the Victoria Falls....it's also very big.

 

Watch out for mosquitoes.

 

MM

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What you really need is a new Mander touring-organ.....a bit like that clever folding harpsichord Bach took with him to Bohemia, when he accompanied the Prince of Cothen (I think it was him!) on holiday there.

 

However, I've found the following links for you, and believe it or not, THEY BUILD ORGANS IN AFRICA.

 

http://www.elct.org/bangsund/news/jnjarc19c.html

 

http://www.anglican-cathedral.org.zm/histo...www.saorgans.ws

Potchefstroom University

http://www.puk.ac.za/music/index.html

University of the Orange Free State / Universiteit van die Oranje-Vrystaat

http://www.uovs.ac.za

Johannesburg Organ Society

http://www.geocities.com/ankh_sunamin/

http://members.freemail.absa.co.za/aj6/homepage.htm

 

Organbuilders

 

Byrne

http://www.byrnepipeorgans.com/

The Organbuilders

http://web.alignafrica.com/edgyhart/

Selway Robson

http://www.selwayrobson.co.za

 

I'm sure there are lots more, because Kenya and Tanzania have English connections going back a long time.

 

Other than that, I don't know too much about Africa.........they have lions, girafffe, antelopes, elephants and the Victoria Falls....it's also very big.

 

Watch out for mosquitoes.

 

MM

 

Derek Byrne gave up trying to build organs in Africa after the money run out on the half completed Durban City Hall organ job and vagrants moved into the case. He went back to Ireland, which, as you might imagine, was his point of origin.

 

Selway Robson is actually a harpsichord maker. His organ in the Priory church in Kommetjie is a bit Heath Robinsonish but I adore the sound it makes.

 

There are of course organs in Joburg - but the best in Africa are in Cape Town (Hill at his best.....)

 

Cheers

B

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