“The Queen on the
Rhine” – the start of a new area of business
What began as the recycling
of an old organ, ended up striking a chord throughout Germany: The
restructuring of a historical organ by the English organ builder, James
Jepson Binns, in 1907. We were very pleased about the large contract, but in
all honesty, it was only over the course of the project that I slowly began
to realise its significance and the impact it would have on our future.
After it was completed, the
news of the largest historical organ of the English romantic era spread
rapidly throughout Germany.
Only a few years later, we
were widely regarded as specialists in English – and in the meantime also
American - organs.
Why is it like that,
where meanwhile there are quite a few English organs to be found on the
Well, there are various
reasons for this.
On the one hand, after Limperich, I worked intensively and through various
channels to establish a network in the United Kingdom. IT was already over
the course of the work in Limperich that I became acquainted with Mark
Venning, the Managing Director of Harrison&Harrison, and David Wood of
was that within a short time, we had incorporated the then still fairly
unknown world of English organs and in the meantime are feeling quite at
Oliver Schulte and Mark Venning,
In addition, now we can
create organs at any time from an abundant inventory of around 30-40
second-hand instruments – only from England. And lest we forget the
growing number of contacts in the USA.
Moreover, it is my
endeavour to find new solutions for old problems with an open mind and to
explore new ways off the beaten path.
To be innovative, be it
with regard to design, choice of materials or basic concept development.
That is my goal. Because everyone can do “the usual”.
And last but not least, I gratefully accept this new task. When I took over
my father’s company in 2006 and saw that our main field of activity, the
design and construction of new organs, was steadily decreasing, it was
understandably not a rosy prospect.
However, the work with
existing instruments, the further development of concepts and the search for
what is possible with the resources at hand, even if they are but a few, has
become an extremely satisfying task for me.
Schulte, David Wood / Huddersfield, Sonja Füßmann.
So to see how
in such a short time our then only regionally active company became
well-known not only nationally, but also increasingly internationally, was
like a reward for me that something good came out of all the trials and
tribulations we had already faced.
that we are an excellent example of the development of a solid, regionally
active, mid-size organ-building company in the maelstrom of time, who must
first find its new face...
Schulte and David Wyld of Willis organbuilders.
Specialisation is also
becoming increasingly important in our business so as not to descend into
The good cooperation with our English and American partners, the global
contact to organ players and enthusiasts and the integration of social media
networks secure our future. And not least, I enjoy the exceedingly friendly
collaboration with my English and American colleagues, who have given us
unfailing open and friendly support in our search for our organs, thus
bringing us a little further every time,
for “he who ceases to
become, ceases to be.”
Schulte and David Wells.