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

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19/08/2020

Zveme na netradiční benefiční koncert pro svatovítské varhany

Milí mecenáši a všichni příznivci stavby svatovítských varhan,

i přes současnou komplikovanou situaci v naší zemi a ve světe jsme se rozhodli uspořádat benefiční koncert pro svatovítské varhany a chceme Vás na tuto událost srdečně pozvat. Letošní ročník koncertu bude čtvrtý a také poslední před samotným slavnostním rozezněním varhan. Tomu bude odpovídat zcela netradiční charakter večera, který Vám v blízké době představíme. Během koncertu odkryjeme termín slavnostní inaugurace varhan, na kterou se všichni nesmírně těšíme. Nezapomeňte si rezervovat ve svém kalendáři termín koncertu, který se uskuteční v sobotu 21. 11. 2020 od 20:00 hod. a bude živě přenášen na ČT2. Během koncertu budou připraveny naše telefonistky přijmout Váš příslib daru a zobrazit jej na obrazovku. Sledujte náš web nebo Facebookovou stránku, kde později uveřejníme podrobné informace o koncertu.

09/06/2020

Noc kostelů v katedrále sv. Víta

I v letošním roce se v pátek 12. května v katedrále sv. Víta uskuteční tradiční celostátní akce Noc kostelů, na kterou Vás všechny chceme srdečně pozvat.

Program v katedrále začíná v 18:00 hod. mší svatou. V průběhu celého večera bude možné se zúčastnit prohlídky interiéru katedrály s odborným výkladem a navštívit zvonici a vyhlídkovou galerii velké věže.

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07/05/2020

Kdy přivezeme svatovítské varhany?

Všichni netrpělivě čekáme, až se otevřou hranice a bude možnost realizovat převoz svatovítských varhan ze Španělska do Prahy. Varhany mají však před sebou ještě dlouhou cestu a čeká nás ještě hodně práce, než je budeme moci slavnostně umístit na západní kruchtu katedrály a jejich zvukem rozeznít katedrální prostor.

O současných výzvách pro svatovítské varhany napsal Katolický týdeník a celý článek si můžete přečíst zde.

09/04/2020

Velikonoční přání 2020

Dnešním dnem začínají Velikonoční svátky, a proto bychom Vám chtěli za všechny, kteří dávají své síly ke stavbě svatovítských varhan, popřát klidné a naplňující svátky prožité v kruhu Vašich nejbližších.

Přikládáme fotografii z velikonoční vigilie, na které lidé drží svíce symbolizující světlo uprostřed tmy - naději uprostřed beznaděje. Naděje je symbolem Velikonoc, jako křesťané máme naději, že po smrti nastane vzkříšení. Stejně jako máme nyní možnost obrátit svoji pozornost k naději, že bude svět zase v pořádku.

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:

Šimon Slavík
Project press agent
e-mail: slavik@bohemianheritage.cz
telefon: +420 734 335 438

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

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.

The firm’s founder, Gerhard Grenzing, trained with organ builder Rudolf von Beckenrath in Hamburg and subsequently perfected his art by working in many European organ building workshops. Already by the age of 25, he began to devote himself to the restoration of historical instruments in Mallorca. At the age of 30, he settled in El Papiol, near Barcelona and established his own workshop where, besides restoration work, he also started building instruments. His company has grown over the years and since the year 2000, over 20 employees work in the firm’s new, spacious workshop. To date, 138 new organs have been built and over 90 restorations or reconstructions have been completed.

Gerhard Grenzing is the author of a series of articles about the organ builder Jordi Bosch, his works and his students. He has participated in many organ congresses, such as the “2èmes Journées Nationales de l’Orgue” in Toulouse in 1986, the “International Congress of Organists” in Cambridge in 1987 and the international congress of the Instituto de Históricos de Oaxaca (Mexico). He has also worked as an international organ consultant in Leuven (Belgium).

Two television documentaries and one film documentary have been made about Gerhard Grenzing and the organs he has constructed have been used in many recordings.

In 1991, Gerhard Grenzing was awarded the silver medal of the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his achievements in the field of music and the fine arts; in 2004 he received the title of Art Master of Catalonia. He is also a member of the Royal Academies of Seville and Barcelona, the Societat Catalana de Musicologia and the Consejo del Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca (Mexico). He was the President of the International Society of Organ Builders (ISO) between the years 2006 and 2010. In 2006 the magazine “Organ” named him organ builder of the year.

The Alliance Francophone for the Kingdom of Spain named Gerhard Grenzing as a member of its honorary committee in 2007 and awarded him the order of “L’Eléphant d’Or”. He is also the holder of the order “Trophée Européen de L’Excellence”.