Historic church organ to be repaired

02 June 2021 | Local News

The German Embassy Windhoek has provided N$40 000 to the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (DELK) for the repair of their historic church organ in Swakopmund.

Deputy head of mission Ellen Gölz signed the contract with Horst Heiser, the head of the parish council, on 24 May 2021 in Swakopmund.

“We are glad to be able to contribute to the maintenance of the pipe organ built by the German company Walcker, one of the most renowned builders of pipe organs and whose organs are played all over the world,” Gölz said.

Heiser added that the repair of the Walcker organ has been necessary for several years.

“We are thankful that we can now commence with repairs thanks to the financial support of the German embassy.”

The organ was built by Walcker in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1911 and installed Richard Müller of Cape Town in 1912.

Both the church building and the organ fall under monument protection.

The organ is used regularly for events such as religious services, weddings, funerals and concerts. Normally, maintenance of the organ and the church is funded through donations and income from community events. However, due to Covid, the church community was not able to raise funds in 2020.

The Swakopmund DELK community has existed since 1905 and maintains itself through voluntary contributions.

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