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Pretoria University

- with Theo van Wyk

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Pretoria University – with Theo van Wyk
Pretoria University – with Theo van Wyk
Rieger organ
Rieger organ
Rieger organ, Pretoria
In 2013, the Austrian company Rieger from Schwarzach delivered an organ with 34 stops for the chapel of the University of Pretoria. The mechanical console is built directly into the organ’s lower case and has three manuals to control the divisions I Hauptwerk, II Positiv, III Schwellwerk and Pedal. The organ’s disposition is primarily designed to represent Baroque organ music and therefore has a disposition with characteristic aliquots, reed stops and mixtures and relatively few fundamental voices.
The history of the University of Pretoria Chapel goes back more than a century when three Catholic Redemptorist priests arrived in South Africa in 1912 to establish a missionary order. The Redemptorist monastery church (the Chapel) was inaugurated on Passion Sunday, 4 March 1926. The site originally provided for a monastery, a church and a Catholic school, all of which were acquired by the University of Pretoria in 1982.
Pretoria University – with Theo van Wyk
Chapel der University of Pretoria
Pretoria University – with Theo van Wyk
Theo van Wyk © TvW
Theo van Wyk is South Africa’s first graduate with an organ recital degree and the first person of colour to earn a doctorate in musicology in South Africa – incidentally with a thesis on the registration instructions of a German Baroque master. During his studies, Van Wyk was a violinist in the university string ensemble and has further degrees in piano and choral conducting. He now passes on this extensive musical education to students at the University of Pretoria and is involved with SAKOV (Southern African Church and Concert Organists Society). He gives concerts in southern Africa, the USA and many countries in Europe and frequently performs world premieres.

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