St. Vitus Cathedral to get new pipe organ from renowned Spanish organ maker
Prague’s famous St. Vitus Cathedral, a symbol of Czech statehood and home to the Czech crown jewels, is to get a very special gift on its 700th birthday in 2019. The Catholic Church has commissioned a renowned Spanish firm to make an organ that would crown the cathedral’s glory.
Two years ago the Czech Catholic Church announced plans to give the cathedral a new, bigger, pipe organ which would resound on its 700 birthday in 2019. On Monday, Cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague, signed an agreement with the renowned Spanish organ-maker Gerhard Grenzing on a pipe organ for St. Vitus. The Cardinal said it was a very special moment for him.
“This is a joyful day for me because we have made a firm commitment to realize our goal. It is a relief that our long search for a suitable organ maker has come to fruition and I will now look forward to the year 2019.”
The new organ will be installed in the neo-Gothic organ loft, on the Western side of the cathedral above the main entrance. Its maker, Gerhard Grenzing, founder of the renowned company, came to Prague in person to sign the contract for what he said was a very special commission.
The organ should cost around 80 million crowns and while the lion’s share of the money is to be covered by the Czech Catholic Church, private sponsors and small donors have been invited to contribute to it as well. The organ’s first notes should resound on the occasion of St. Wenceslas Day, on September 28, 2019, symbolically completing the cathedral almost 700 years after work on it first started.