Dulwich College (Singapore) is proud to announce that the new Pipe Organ is fully commissioned, tuned and ready to play. We are excited by this new and unique feature of the College which has already had an impressive reaction from students, parents and staff alike!
The organ is the second largest in Singapore with three keyboards and 44 stops. The keys are composed of ebony and molave, and the hardwood frame is made of mahogany. There are 2,432 pipes, the largest of which weighs 40 kilograms. The six-tonne organ, a $1 million investment, will be the centrepiece of the College’s extensive music programme.
Dulwich College (Singapore) is also the first educational institution in Singapore to build a fully functional Pipe Organ which will give students many musical opportunities. “Music is very much a priority at our College, and while we’re only four years old, we see some wonderful musical growth and talent in our students. We have a range of unusual and varied instruments which students can choose to play and this includes instruments such as the viola, oboe, bassoon and harp and now, the Pipe Organ! We're all really excited to see how one of the oldest pieces in classical music history can transform our musical and theatrical performances.” Director of Music, Malcolm Godsman shares.
On Friday 8 June, the College held an official opening concert for the inauguration of the Pipe Organ. A 200 strong cross College choir, impressive student orchestra and two VIP organists graced the stage to perform a variety of pieces. Evelyn Lim, Pipe Organ Master at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, and Joanna Paul, Director of Music at St. George’s Church, played pieces on the instrument including Cwm Rhonda, Toccata (from Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565) and Te Deum. We were proud to welcome many members of the local community including MP Murali Pillai to the event which showcased this fantastic instrument and the musical capability of the College and its students.