Malaysia’s Oldest Pipe Organ Is Back In Shape

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The pipe organ is a century old, manufactured in 1914 and installed in 1916.

The restoration of the century-old pipe organ of George Town’s Church of the Assumption has been a labour of love for a community.

We heard footsteps climbing cautiously on the narrow stairway of the church, and soon, a tall Dutchman emerged onto the upper floor of the Church of the Assumption in George Town.

He smiled at us. He wasn’t lost, as we initially thought. This tourist had deliberately made his way up here because he wanted to see the church’s century-old pipe organ.

The resident organist Leonard Selva, who was preparing for Sunday mass, invited the Dutchman to try out the instrument.

It was a magical moment.

Yet just a few years ago, this pipe organ wouldn’t have produced anything close to these magnificent notes. Back then, it was a dying instrument with keys that stuck regularly. Leonard recalled that he once even had to stop midway through a song to pull out a stubborn key.


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