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Seven of Sweden's finest church organs, and two outstanding secular pipe organs.
Stockholm City Hall
The organ of Stockholm City Hall counts as the largest in Scandinavia with its 10,000 pipes, spread over 134 stops and five manuals. The instrument was originally built by the German firm Walcker in 1925, and has been been enlarged and renovated since then, most recently by the British firm Harrison & Harrison in 2008. The echo division alone has 25 stops, and the organ as a whole boasts a unique wealth of sonorities, ranging from the ethereal to the full glory of its tutti, crowned by an English tuba. (photo: Yanan Li)
More information http://www.harrisonorgans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Stockholm-fullspec.pdf
Skandia Cinema Organ
The organ of the former Skandia cinema is one of only two remaining cinema organs in Sweden. It is built by the famous Wurlitzer company in the US, and was erected in Stockholm's Skandia cinema in 1926. This instrument is an organ with both pipes and a battery of different sound effects: birdsong, steam whistle, bells, glockenspiel, cathedral chimes, and xylophone among others. The organ has two manuals and pedal with 7 rows of pipes that have been made into more than 40 stops. The organ has been restored recently, and is now installed in the Reactor Hall of The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Information in Swedish www.skandiaorgeln.com
St. Jacob's Church
St. Jacob's church, close to the Opera house, was founded in 1588. The organ is unique in its historic continuity. It incorporates substantial pipework from all the different organs that have successively been speaking through the impressive façade from 1746. The present organ was built in 1976 by the Danish organ builder Marcussen & Søn With its 83 stops, it counts among the largest neo-symphonic instruments in Sweden.
Oscar's church has neogothic style and was consecrated in 1903. The organ, dating from 1949, was built by the Danish organ builder Marcussen & Søn. Its creation ushered in a new epoch in Swedish organbuilding, the Organ Reform Movement. It is one of the most famous instruments in Sweden and comprises 78 stops on 4 manuals and pedal.
Sankt Göran's Church
S:t Görans (St. George's) Church is Stockholms youngest city church, from 1958. The gallery organ was built in 1987 by Mårtenssons Organ Factory in Lund. It has 47 stops on three manuals and pedal. The Choir organ was built in 2005 in Baroque style by Mats Arvidsson, with 17 stops on two manuals and pedal.
The German Church
The German Church (Tyska kyrkan) is situated in the Old Town. The Düben organ (2004) was built by the Swedish firm Grönlund in Luleå as a replika of an instrument built for this church and used between 1608 and 1651. It was then sold to Northern Sweden in 1779. This meantone organ represents Dutch tonal style and is closely connected to Swedish Music history and to the musical activity of the Düben family in the 17th century. (photo: Dirk Thomas)
More information Disposition-Duben-Orgel-Deutsche-Kirche-Stockholm.pdf
St. Clara's church, near the railway station, was founded in the 16th century. The organ, built in 1907 by the Swedish firm Åkerman & Lund, is known to be one of the best preserved instruments in the Swedish late romantic tradition. Ranging from a broad and majestic tutti to the many subtle shades of its foundation stops, this 59-stop instrument has pleased the ears of Stockholmers for more than a century.
Engelbrekt's church was consecrated in 1914. Internationally it is considered one of the most striking examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in Sweden. It blends Gothic style with Art Noveau, tempered by a remaining streak of national romanticism. The organ, built in 1964, is the largest instrument by the Swedish organ builder Grönlund in Luleå. Completely renovated in 2015, it comprises 91 speaking stops over 7 divisions, five manuals and pedal. (photo: Stefan Therstam)
More information, in Swedish: OrgelinfohAfte-Engelbrekt.pdf
Sofia's Church was consecrated in 1906. The church is situated on a hill Vita Bergen with a view over Stockholm. The organ was built in 1951 by the Swedish firm A. Magnusson Organbuilders, and almost all pipe material from an earlier organ, built in 1906, was used. In 2012-13 the organ was rebuilt by the English firm Nicholson & Co. The organ has 58 stops on three manuals and pedal. (photo: Caroline Hedin)
More information Sofia-Church-Organ---IBO-Article-2013.pdf
More information and GPS coordinates to the City Hall here: http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/See--do/Attractions/The-City-Hall/
GPS coordinates to the churches: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_churches_in_Stockholm