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Orgelbau Klais of Bonn

Builders of the Auckland Town Hall Organ

Johannes Klais Orgelbau is one of the leading German organ builders and one of the largest organbuilding firms in the world. After 125 years of operation, the firm is still in the direct control of the Klais family and has a reputation for fine work.

At the Klais workshop, on the street where Beethoven was born, artisans hand craft every piece of an organ, from the smallest screw to the largest pipe. Klais organs are recognised as being technically superb, each infused with a spirit that reflects its purpose and location.

“A pipe organ inspires people when it speaks their language. This is our principal challenge. We know that every human being is affected by his social, cultural and geographical surroundings, and that is why we always inspect the surroundings carefully when planning a pipe organ, to ensure that the Klais organ makes them reverberate — wherever the organ is installed the world over. This begins with the conception and architectural form, and continues with the stop list and the voicing, because a pipe organ is distinctive and can reach the heart of those for whom we build it — combined, of course, with a certain touch of zest for life embodied by the builder’s homeland on the River Rhine.”

Philipp CA Klais, Managing Director of Orgelbau Klais, pictured at the Auckland Town Hall Organ the day it was handed over to the city (2 December 2009). He insisted the organ be played as much as possible for several weeks before the official inauguration on 21 March 2010 to spot any problems - there were none!

To read more about Orgelbau Klais, visit their website.

Philipp Klais on the Auckland Town Hall Organ

<p>The final pipe is installed in the Auckland Town Hall Organ, December 2009</p>

The final pipe is installed in the Auckland Town Hall Organ, December 2009

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