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OrganFest 2016 in Edinburgh opened with a celebrity recital on the Rieger organ of St Giles' Cathedral given by Professor Ullrich Böhme (right) of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Bach was Kappellmeister.
The organ replaced a previous instrument of 1940 by Willis III. The Pedal Open Wood 16ft and Bombarde 32ft were retained, together with the bottom seven pipes of the Double Open Wood 32ft that form the bass of the Untersatz 32ft. Otherwise, the organ is entirely new and has mechanical key and stop action. The louvered top of the central pipe tower contains a chromatic ring of 37 Whitechapel bells.