Commissioned by the City Council of Port Elizabeth in 1996 the Feather Market Concert Organ was built by Jan Pekelharing.
The construction work began in 1996 and would take 3 years before finally being completed in 1999.
This instrument is the largest “free standing” Pipe Organ in South Africa and the third largest overall. It boasts 93 stops and a total of 5508 individual pipes, weighs in the region of 20 tons, is 14m high, 10m wide and 4.5m deep!
The Organ is completely controlled by a solid state computer system supplied by Solid State Organ Systems of England.
The Solid State “Multisystem” includes a Midi interface, which apart from allowing the use of additional electronic sounds through means of a Midi synthesizer or any Midi capable instrument, also allows the recording and playback of performances.