Victoria Concert Hall

Singapore, Singapore

Builder: Klais Orgelbau, Bonn

Year: 1987

 

 

 

 

Surveyed: 2017

Status: Playable

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. 0

 

 

The Concert Hall Organ

First installed in 1987, the Victoria Concert Hall’s Klais organ was purchase through fund-raising effort from the then-newly formed SSO Ladies’ League as a replacement for the St. Clair organ (built by Walker, Hill, Norman and Beard) that had been built some 50 years earlier in 1931. The St. Clair organ was named after Mayor W.G. St. Clair , founder of the old Philharmonic Society and the first editor of the Singapore Free Press, and its faηade was retained after the installation of the Klais organ.

In 2010, with the redevelopment of the Victoria Concert Hall and Victoria Theatre, the organ – consisting of a total of 2012 pipes – was methodically removed piece by piece, repaired and stored in climate-controlled warehouses during the refurbishment period.

Being the one of the very few mechanical organs in Singapore, the Klais organ has strong emotional links with generations of audiences and many donors and supporters of classical music who have stepped forward to provide financial support for the restoration.

 

Historical facts:

The original St Clair organ had many of the pipes melted down during the Japanese occupation in World War II, rendering it unplayable since then. During the construction of the Klais organ, some parts and about 80 of the pipes were incorporated in the new organ.


 

Technical Specifications ( 1931-1987)

Stoplist

 

Great

Double Open Diapason 16’

Large Open Diapason 8’

Small Open Diapason 8’

Horn Diapason 8’

Hohlflote 8’

Dulciana 8’

Principal 4’

Harmonic Flute 4’

Gemshorn 4’

Twelfth 2 2/3’

Fifteenth 2’

Mixture IV

Contra Posaune 16’

Posaune 8’

Clarion 4’

 

 

Swell

Bourdon 16’

Open Diapason 8’

Lieblich Gedacht 8’

Echo Gamba 8’

Vox Celeste 8’

Principal 4’

Lieblich Flote 4’

Piccolo 2’

Mixture IV

Double Trumpet 16’

Horn 8’

Oboe 8’

Clarion 4’

(missing stop)

Tremulant

 

Solo

Tuba Harmonic 8’

Harmonic Clarabel 8’

Viola 8’

Concert Flute 4’

Harmonic Piccolo 2’

Clarinet 8’

Vox Humana 8’

(missing stop)

Tremulant

 

Pedal

Open Diapason 16’

Subbass 16’

Violon 16’

Quint 12’

Octave 8’

BassFlute 8’

Trombone 16’

Posaune 8’

 

 

 

Technical Specifications  (1989 – Present)

Stoplist

Great

Cromorne 8’

Trompete 8’

Mixture IV

Larigot 1 1/3’

Superoctave 2’

Traversflote 4’

Octave 4’

Offenflote 8’

Principal 8’

Quintaton 16’

Tremulant

 

Swell (Enclosed)

Hautbois 8’

Basson 16’

Scharff IV

Sesquialter II

Octavin 2’

Blockflote 4’

Principal 4’

Vox Coeleste 8’

Gamba 8’

Rorhflote 8’

Tremulant

 

Pedal

Trompete 8’

Posaune 16’

Rauschpfeife III

Choralbass 4’

Bourdon 8’

Octave 8’

Subbass 16’

Principal 16’

Accessories

Swell/Great

Great/Pedal

Swell/Pedal

 

 

 

 

Others:

Mechanical Stop and Keyboard Action

Wind pressure: Manuals 100mm, Pedal 120mm

3 Manual Combination Pedals

 

 

 

Pictures

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Organ Consultant : Dr Margaret Co Chen

Photos and description: Courtesy of Singapore Sinfonia Co

Articles Contribution: Ong Te-min, Yap Wai Hoong

References: Organs in Asia, by James Welch, The American Organist article July 1988

                         Concert brochure of VCH Organ Series, Isabelle Demers 20 Nov 2017
                         https://www.vtvch.com/

 

Used with permission