Let’s finish the construction of the St. Vitus Cathedral, the symbol of the Czech Republic.

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News / Records from the Chronicle

17/07/2018

Advokátní kancelář Císař, Češka, Smutný podpořila celonárodní sbírku na stavbu nových varhan v katedrále sv. Víta

Advokátní kancelář Císař, Češka, Smutný se zapojila do celonárodní sbírky a adoptovala jednu z velkých píšťal nových svatovítských varhan. Adopce je darem nejen pro ni k 25. výročí založení, ale také pro české kulturní dědictví a Českou republiku, která v letošním roce slaví 100 let své existence.

20/06/2018

REPORTAGE FROM THE PIPE-MAKER’S WORSKHOP

Reporters from the Czech Television visited the pipe-making workshop of Gerhard Grenzing in Spain and shot a 12-minute reportage on the production of the pipes for the St. Vitus organ.  In the document, you can see shots directly from the production of the pipes and from their tuning. Their guide through the whole workshop is the owner Gerhard Grenzing himself who provides rich commentary on his work. Apart from other things, he also demonstrates the size and robustness of the final organ. The programme is available online.

05/06/2018

Pipe as a wedding gift

It seems that pipe adoption is a nice gift for various occasions. Recently, we’ve been contacted by several patrons that would like to adopt a pipe for their acquaintances as a wedding gift. We’re very pleased by this idea and find it inspiring. We’re glad that people are using this historic opportunity which very symbolically connects the permanent bond of marriage and the permanent record of the names of the future newlyweds in the chronicle of the St. Vitus organ. We’re happy that the symbolic pipe will become a nice memory of the significant day for the newlyweds.  

25/05/2018

Parts of the organ have already been completed

The Spanish workshop of Gerhard Grenzing has been hard at work on the construction of the organ. To this day, the pipes from the Positive, Solo and the Swell divisions have almost been completed. However, this doesn’t mean that the pipe adoption is coming to an end. On the contrary, you can still support a specific pipe of the St. Vitus organ with your donation. If you choose a pipe from the II. to the IV. manual, you’ll support a specific pipe that’s already completed, is lying in Spain in the workshop and is waiting to be placed in the organ.

The New Instrument

It would be difficult to find a structure in our country, which could be the equal of the cathedral of St. Vitus. It is a spiritual institution that shapes our relationship with the Creator. It is the first basilica in the country. Moreover, while it may be seen as a visual textbook of Christianity, at the same time it is at the crossroads of our history, where decisions were made about historical outcomes in our land. It is one of the greatest works of art in our country, which in a minute space, concentrates many artistic stages in many contexts. The cathedral is a visual witness to past events and helped to shape our own identity. It is also, however, a living organism, which evolved over half a millennium and even today is still not complete.

It is hard to imagine Prague today without the silhouette of the cathedral. And yet, this silhouette actually looked quite different until recent times. Half of the building (the nave) was missing and was not completed till 1929. The Metropolitan Church is such monumental work, that it will probably never be absolutely completed. Nevertheless, something very significant is missing to this day because, at the completion of construction, there were insufficient funds to install a new organ in the western choir loft of the cathedral. Several attempts have been made; all have been unsuccessful. Finally, today we have a new opportunity. It is up to us to in a time of peace and freedom to fulfill the legacy of our predecessors, in particular, that of the father of the nation, Charles IV and to ‘complete’ the cathedral.

The organ, because of its magnificence, is called the ‘king of instruments’. But is not the instrument of earthly kings for the organ speaks in the voice of God that sometimes gently whispers and infuses our soul with peaceful joy and at other times roars and thunders, sending shivers up our spine. The beauty of the organ lies in the fact that in spite of its monumentality it fulfills the word of Him who did not come to be served, but to serve. Anyone who listens to the music of the organ, is taught humility. It leads one to the art of listening and of harmonizing one’s relationship with his neighbor through singing and prayer. The organ leads us to a more genuine relationship not only with God, but also with our neighbor. For this reason, we want to work together to contribute to the glory of God, to the renown of St. Vitus Cathedral and to the further evolution of the famous musical traditions of our nation.

Dominik Duka OP, Cardinal Archbishop of Prague

An Organ for the Cathedral

The idea of the building of a new organ never disappeared completely: it repeatedly re-emerged, only to be postponed to more favourable times as a result of adverse society-wide events of the war years and also due to the post-war conditions.

The New Instrument

A new instrument may be regarded as a testimony to the capabilities, experience and knowledge of the present generation as well as acting as a legacy to future generations.

The builder of the new organ

The organ building company of Gerhard Grenzing is one of the most experienced companies in this field: it has successfully completed 220 restoration and building projects across continents.

Let’s finish the work of our ancestors. Let’s finish the building of the St. Vitus Cathedral, the symbol of the Czech Republic. The cathedral is missing a dignified voice. Support the building of its organ.
The St. Vitus Organ

Sponsorship / Support

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To this day, we’ve successfully raised: 64,436,969 CZK

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The Old Organ

The Current Organ
HISTORY OF PIPE ORGANS IN THE CATHEDRAL
WHAT IS THE PIPE ORGAN

The Fund

The St. Vitus Organ Fund was established in accordance with Act No. 227/1997 Sb. by its registration into the fund registry administered by the Municipal Court in Prague, file ref. N 1123, on 19 March 2014.

The registration number of the fund is 02794471.

The bank account of the fund is 2109930876/2700.

Registered office: Hradčanské náměstí 56/16, 119 02 Prague 1 – Hradčany

Purpose of the fund: acquisition of a new representative organ for the St. Vitus Cathedral

 

Contact:
ICLic. Mgr. Ondřej Pavek
Chairman of the Managing Board of the St. Vitus Organ Fund
e-mail: pavek@svatovitskevarhany.com
phone: + 420 603 235 606

František Falta
Coordinator of the Organ for the Cathedral project
e-mail: Frantisek.Falta@apha.cz
phone: +420 733 164 063

 

Members of the Managing Board:
ICLic. Mgr. Ondřej Pávek
Prof. JUDr. Jan Kříž
JUDr. Pavel Müller    
Ing. Robert Kolář    
Ing. Arch. Marek Štěpán

 

Members of the Supervisory Board:
ThLic. Ing. Zdenek Wasserbauer, Th.D.
Mgr. Vojtěch Mátl
Mgr. Milan Badal
Prof. RNDr. Miroslav Vlček DrSc.
Ing. MgA. Pavel Farský

Contacts

Media inquiries:
Hedvika Čepelová
Project press agent
e-mail: hedvika.cepelova@amic.cz
telefon: +420 731 072 634

Contact for others parties involved in the Organ for the Cathedral project:
Vojtěch Mátl
Vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board
e-mail: vojtech.matl@apha.cz
telefon: +420 737 215 326

Jakub Skřejpek
Bohemian Heritage Fund
e-mail: skrejpek@bohemianheritage.cz