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

The New Organ Play video Adopt a pipe

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13/02/2019

Rozhovor: Tak významné varhany se staví jednou za život

Gerhard Grenzing a jeho tým odborníků už více než rok a půl pracuje na nových varhanách pro katedrálu svatého Víta. Zatímco je vyrobená téměř polovina nástroje, mluvili jsme s ním o tom, jak celá výroba probíhá a jak významný nástroj budou svatovítské varhany z pohledu výrobce.

25/01/2019

Nové píšťaly k adopci

Milí mecenáši,

spolu s vývojem prací na varhanách došlo k úpravám ve varhanních strojích a přibyly nám nové rejstříky v několika varhanních strojích. Celkem se jedná o 687 nových píšťal ve 12 nových rejstřících. Nové píšťaly naleznete v přehledu Adopce píšťal a jsou k dispozici pro adoptivní dárce. Více informací najdete po rozkliknutí aktuality.

10/01/2019

Příběhy mecenášů: Píšťala za ostříhané vlasy

Rádi bychom Vám dnes představili jeden méně obvyklý příběh jedné naší mecenášky, která se rozhodla pro adopci píšťal.

Celé to začalo v roce 2012, kdy si tehdy Gabriela jako dvanáctiletá nechala ostříhat své dlouhé vlasy a peníze se rozhodla ponechat pro budoucí přiležitosti. „Dcera si peníze uložila doma v trezoru, nechtěla je utratit za “blbosti”, říká její maminka. Více informací najdete po rozkliknutí aktuality.

20/12/2018

Vánoční přání

Milí mecenáši, srdečně děkujeme za Vaši přízeň v tomto končícím jubilejním roce naší republiky. Díky Vaší štědrosti se blížíme stále více k finální částce, která je nezbytná pro pořízení svatovítských varhan.

Srdečně Vás zveme na půlnoční mši svatou do katedrály sv. Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha. Jako již tradičně, i o letošních Vánocích zazní Rybova mše vánoční „Hej, mistře“. Posvátná noc nás zve, abychom se nechali obejmout láskou; láskou, která se zračí v Ježíšově dětské tváři. O Štědrém večeru bude katedrála otevřena již ve 23:25 hod., kam jste srdečně zváni vyslechnout pásmo mluveného slova a koled.

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

98%

To this day, we’ve successfully raised: 78,437,151 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    
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

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”.