To celebrate the start of the organ project, the Helsinki Music Centre Foundation will organise a donation campaign. Our goal is to collect €200,000 and to guarantee an unfailing flow of live music for the new organ in the future.
The Helsinki Music Centre is a temple of music without a crown. The crown being an organ. An organ was on our shopping list for the Helsinki Music Centre opening ceremony in 2011, but the purchase was delayed then. But now it is finally happening!
Kaija Saariaho, one of the most noted Finnish contemporary composers, was the first to take action with a one-million-euro donation for the organ. Foundations willing to contribute and the Helsinki Music Centre owners (the City of Helsinki, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE) followed suit.
The first notes from the 6,000 pipes of the new instrument will be heard in 2021. Now is your time to make it happen. We welcome you to contribute to this ground-breaking, historic initiative.
To date, we have collected
The Organ Q&A
Why now? Why wasn’t the organ built earlier?
A space for a concert organ was originally designed for the Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall. For budgetary reasons, the building of a concert organ was delayed, and an electric organ has been used instead in the Concert Hall.
The Helsinki Music Centre already has three different organs, why yet another?
The Concert Hall houses an electric organ. The Organo Hall has three organs, but they are intended for practice and smaller concerts. Moreover, the existing organs represent different organ types.
Fundraising permit issued to: Helsinki Music Centre Foundation Licence number: RA/2021/710 Fundraising campaign conducted from 1 January 2021 Fundraising permit issued by the The Gambling Administration of the National Police Board Fundraising purpose: grants and support for art, e.g. compositions and events
Follow the organ project and learn more about the organ as an instrument in the Helsinki Music Centre media channels!
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