Nikko Hotel Shanghai

New Combination Organ of 5 Pipe Stops with a Rodgers 838 console

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, with a population of over 20 million people.  As the city rapidly grows new buildings of all kinds are being created, including hotels.

The Nikko Hotel chain had chosen to build a new 5-star hotel complex in the centre of Shanghai, catering to a wide range of needs.  The hotel includes a 410 square meter ballroom which can be used for a number of purposes.  One particular purpose which the hotel wanted to pursue was western style wedding events, which of course means an organ.  Their architect had proposed an appearance for the ballroom organ and MPOS was asked by the local Rodgers dealer Roland Shanghai and Amos Ho of Rockson Music (Hong Kong) whether the architect's plans could be turned in to a real instrument.

Depth was a major constraint for this organ as the more space the organ took up then the fewer people that could fit in the ballroom.  By tweaking the original drawings and through careful use of overlength of the pipes, MPOS was able to create an organ with the inverted curves that the architect desired.  Then, by virtue of a combination organ, we were able to fit the whole organ, complete with 16' Pedal Principal and all the speakers, within two meters of the main windows.

The organ was installed by a team from MPOS and voiced by David Wilson in time for the opening of the hotel in Spring 2010.  It now makes a striking and noteworthy impression on the room, giving guests the opportunity to listen to live organ music during any event.  Musical notes are embedded in to the floor of the main entrance lobby, and MPOS was able to help bring that music in to the hotel.

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