Even Pipe Organs have Birthday Parties!

6 Dec

Even Pipe Organs have birthday parties!

On Tuesday, 4th December, a celebration was held to honour the 4oth anniversary of the Great Hall Organ in Sydney University.

In addition, on this same day the Chancell0r’s Trumpet was inaugurated. The Organ now has 54 stops, 79 ranks and 4005 pipes.

The well-known Sydney University Organist and Carillionist, Amy Johansen, expertly performed the recital, which featured a diversity of composers: from Bach to Charpentier to Ampt: and more.

Designed by Rudolf von Beckerath of Germany,  the organ was installed jointly by him and Ronald Sharp, my husband (and editor of my books).

The audience of 500 people applauded Ron in acknowledgement of his important contribution. A proud moment!

After the recital, Ron and I attended the reception, and we were introduced by Amy to the Governor of N.S.W. who is also the  Chancellor:

Beckerath-Sharp Organ

Beckerath-Sharp Organ

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC  CVO.  Such a charming and elegant lady!

All in all, it was an evening to remember!

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11 Responses to “Even Pipe Organs have Birthday Parties!”

  1. The Wanderlust Gene December 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Congratulations to Ron. Glad you enjoyed the celebrations. Marie Bashir – now there’s a woman I’d like to meet!

  2. jtelusma December 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Hello there 🙂 Congrats my dear friends.

  3. brendat59 December 7, 2012 at 4:30 am #

    What a beautiful photo Margaret! The organ looks spectacular….congratulations on a wonderful birthday party 😉

  4. Lorelei Orion December 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Congratulations to Ron, Margaret! Amazing organ, and party!:)

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