The Pipe Organ in China Project Website: Updates for March 2023

3 April 2023

We have received from our colleagues at Shanghai Pi Organ Industrial another nice photo of TAO1931. This photo, which was supplied by someone at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Qingdao, appears to have been taken in the 1940s, at least before late 1949 (see photo below).

An organ festival was held at the Gulangyu Organ Museum (now apparently the ‘Kulangsu Organ Arts Center’) and Xiamen Music School in Xiamen, Fujian Province. This took place over four days in late March, as part of the larger Kulangsu [Gulangyu] Music Week.

Organized and run by the organ department at Shanghai Conservatory, this featured FCW2017 in four concerts, two masterclasses, and an ‘organ course’. An event like this should be publicized more widely, but was not even known to the organ communities of the Hong Kong or Macau SARs, as far as we can tell.  

The major academic event was a book launch for a Chinese translation (in simplified characters) of George Ritchie and George Stauffer’s 1992 Organ Technique: Modern and Early, by Shanghai Conservatory organ teacher Wu Dan (see photo below).

The Project apologizes for the late posting of the March updates, due to Prof. Urrows’ travel schedule.

Organs in the Census: 203

Hits this month: 1,067 (up 31% from last month)

TAO1931, seen from the nave in a photo from the 1940s.

Chinese translation (by Wu Dan) of Ritchie & Stauffer’s Organ Technique: Modern and Early.