Switzerland, Berne
St. Erhard Kirche

© pictures Orgelbau Kuhn AG, Männedorf/Schweiz

Tin and oak

In the course of renovating the church of St. Erhard in Nidau, the parish decided to replace the existing organ by a new one.

The stoplist comprises 21 speaking stops and two borrowed stops in the pedal division. Basically, it was drawn up along very classical lines, thus enabling the presentation of organ works of the baroque period. Moreover, with some additional foundation stops (Gambe 8 ', Diapason 8 ', Piffaro 8 ', Oboe 8 '), and the previously mentioned borrowed stops in the pedal division, the stylistic range of this organ will be considerably extended; as a result, works of later periods, too, can be presented convincingly.

The design of the layout is simple and proven. It fulfils in an ideal manner the three most important criteria of good organ construction: firstly, the best possible posi-tioning of the pipework for sound. Secondly, good access for tuning. Thirdly, simple tracker paths for the manuals (important for a sensitive, dynamic touch).

The console, front pipes and the common windchest for the great organ and the pedal organ are located in the front case. The rear case contains the swell organ, which is flanked on both sides by the windchests for the two biggest pedal stops, Subbass 16 ' and Fagott 16 '.

The front was designed in cooperation with the principal and the architects. The organ case presents as a simple, well-proportioned cube and is made of oak, planed by hand. The most striking feature is comprised of the front pipes made of tin, arranged in groups of three. The stated goal of the design was to create an organ that reacts to the interior of the church, whilst at the same time being a recognizably autonomous, modern design.

Translation: RS 2017