Ruth playing the full mechanical pipe organ at Santa Tereseta Parish. The 492 pipe organ weighs around 600 kilogrames and was built 51 years ago.


By Francisco Cortez

It took a truly international effort to bring  Santa Tereseta’s Parish in Palma a new full mechanical pipe organ from Sweden this week.The roughly 600 kilo keyboard instrument, comprising of two manuals and one pedal, was made in Germany 51 years ago and taken to Malmo Cathedral shortly after, where it has been ever since.
Until last Thursday.
Ruth Albrecht, a German resident on Majorca for 25 years, who studied playing the organ at the Majorcan music conservatory had been trying to find a parish on the island that would allow her and future conservatory students to practice on a regular basis, a petition that was constantly denied.
Until she contacted Santa Tereseta’s Parish.
They agreed that should she find an organ, where both she and future students could occasionally practice there.
After speaking with churches throughout Europe, and almost losing hope, a response finally came from Malmo.
The local church was getting a new organ, and they were willing to donate their old one to the Majorcan parish.


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