The Pipe Organ Building School-Workshop from the locality of Harman, County of Brasov, has celebrated 10 years of Swiss skills training in the execution of restauration works and construction of new pipe organs, as well as handcrafted carpentry. The mother company from Switzerland, Schweizerische Stiftung für Orgeln in Rumänien, is the financial supporter of the Romanian foundation FPPR, for the high-level qualification of young people following the Swiss example. The participants attending this tenth anniversary included Mr. Jean-Hubert Lebet, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bucharest, His Grace Dr. Reinhard Guib, Bishop of the Evangelical Church AB of Romania, Mr. Mihai Disor, Mayor of Harman, Mr. Ferdinand Stemmer, initiator of the project and professors from Transilvania University of Brasov.
Revival of the Pipe Organ Music
Mr. Mihai Disor, Mayor of Harman, said: "We want to thank to all those who have strived for 10 years to revive the sound of pipe organs, after a long period during which their music lapsed into silence. We are talking about a tradition which, thanks to the Swiss, has been revitalized. Sacrificing time and money, the Swiss have managed to make a dream come true, namely to reawaken the melodious music of pipe organs. This school has meant a lot for us, people living in Harman, because our future generations will inherit a legacy and professionals trained to pass on the pipe organ building trade."
"Rebirth of the Baroque Pipe Organ"
The ceremony was opened by a female violinist`s performance followed by an Intermezzo with Steffen Schlandt playing the pipe organ and Sabine Rehn playing the violin. Then it was presented the synopsis of the film ""Rebirth of the Baroque Pipe Organ" financed by the Foundation Michael Schmidt and directed by Dan Paduraru.
We should mention that the school–workshop has had 27 graduates during its 10 years of activity, who studied theory at the Faculty of Wood Engineering and practiced at the School in Harman.
The World Congress of Pipe Organs held in Romania
Mr. Jean-Hubert Lebet, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bucharest said: "The Swiss initiative supported by volunteers has been remarkable. It thus made possible the qualification of pipe organ builders and restorers in Romania. After the great exodus of Transylvanian Saxons, the pipe organs could not be moved and remained here wrecked. The Swiss pipe organ builders noticed their degradation and laid the foundation of the Romanian Pipe Organs Association, and then started repairing the instruments. I want to thank to all those who contributed to the creation of this school, to the Evangelical Church of Romania and to the Mayor, Mr. Mihai Disor, who provided the space for making this endeavour feasible. Thanks to this school, the World Congress of Pipe Organs will take place in Romania in September this year, gathering specialists from all over the world who will have the chance to see and listen the sound of these treasures."