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

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18/11/2019

Píšťala jako vánoční dárek

I letos věříme, že mnoho mecenášů svatovítských varhan bude darovat píšťalu pod stromeček svým blízkým. Rádi bychom Vás informovali o možnostech adopce píšťaly jako Vánočního dárku. Vánoce se blíží rychlým tempem a chceme, aby byla píšťala doručena včas každému, kdo ji zamýšlí jako vánoční dar.

Prosím následujte naše předvánoční informace, aby Vaše adopce píšťaly proběhla bez starostí a píšťala Vám přišla včas.

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18/11/2019

Benefiční koncert pro svatovítské varhany vynesl více než 2 miliony korun

V předvečer svátku české státnosti se v katedrále svatého Víta konal již třetí benefiční koncert pro nové svatovítské varhany. Během koncertu, kde vystoupila například Hudba Hradní stráže, Symfonický orchestr Pražské konzervatoře, 4TET Jiřího Korna, houslista Václav Hudeček a další, diváci poprvé viděli hotové varhany a rovněž se vybraly více než 2 miliony korun. Takzvaných adoptivních píšťal, díky kterým se mohou lidé přímo podílet na výstavbě nového nástroje a získat jedinečný artefakt, zbývá nyní už jen poslední necelý tisíc.

17/11/2019

Umění pro umění - benefiční aukce pro svatovítské varhany

V úterý 10. prosince se odehraje aukce uměleckých děl předních českých výtvarníků, jejíž výtěžek půjde na realizaci designové podoby svatovítských varhan. V exkluzivní aukci budou v nabídce díla takových autorů, jako je Václav Cigler, Magdaléna Jetelová, Krištof Kintera nebo Matyáš Chochola. Před samotnou aukcí bude možné díla zhlédnout na výstavě ve SmetanaQ, která potrvá od 5. 12. do 9. 12. 2019.

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27/10/2019

Reportáž z varhanářské dílny

Ikonický Gaudího chrám Sagrada Família nebo památné opatství Montserrat navštívili čeští poutníci, kteří ale přijeli do Katalánska především za novými varhanami určenými pro pražskou katedrálu sv. Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha. Režie J. Vávra

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

90%

To this day, we’ve successfully raised: 78,836,673 CZK

Thank you!

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
Mgr. Vojtěch Mátl

 

Members of the Supervisory Board:

ThLic. Ing. Zdenek Wasserbauer Th.D.
Ing. MgA. Pavel Farský
Mgr. Jakub Skřejpek
Drahoslav Chudoba
Ing. Arch. Marek Štěpán

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

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.

After complicated acoustic measurements and negotiations with the representatives of the Department of Historic Preservation of the Office of the President of the Republic, it was decided on the definitive placement of the individual organ parts. The time of the production of the façade pipes is also approaching. These are unique pipes of the St. Vitus organ on which your name (or a different suitable text) will be engraved. Don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re open to your suggestions. Learn more at matl@apha.cz.