The 49th LAHTI ORGAN FESTIVAL
August 9rd–15th, 2021

Monday, August 9th at 2 p.m.
Lahti Market Square event area, Lahti

BARREL ORGAN CONCERT

Free of charge

Barrel organ is a mechanical instrument consisting of bellows and pipes, and played by turning a crank which then blows air into the pipes. So, a close relative of the organ. Organ grinders attended large public events, such as the markets, in the 19th and 20th century, playing fashionable tunes, such as popular and opera music. The reign of the barrel organ lasted for a century. The gramophone replaced it in Finland in the 1930s.

The barrel organ is linked to churches in two ways: Firstly, especially in the UK and the dependencies of the kingdom, the barrel organ was an alternative to the organ in the churches in the 18th and 19th century, up until the beginning of the 20th century. For the poorer churches, it was an affordable and reliable accompanying instrument. Secondly, there are still many barrel organ events: many organisations across the world host church concerts, normally at least once a year, and church concerts are often the highlight of international barrel organ festivals.