Our secretary Gerrit Verhagen sent us the following (photo) report of the almost legendary annual event with the dance tent at La Roche:

Last Saturday 1 August we travelled to La Roche. As always, the atmosphere was great, this time with a brand new organ! The "Century Junior" of Jean-Pierre Toury played perfectly, which made sure that the dance floor was always full! We congratulate Jean-Pierre with his new organ and also the firm of Decap Herentals, who have built this beautiful organ!

We wish the new Century Junior all the best!

Gerrit also uploaded a short movie on YouTube.

Afgelopen zaterdag 1 augustus zijn wij afgereisd  naar La Roche.

Het was er weer ouderwets gezellig bij een splinternieuw orgel!

De nieuwe Century Junior van Jean-Pierre Toury speelde perfect en dat

was de hele avond voldoende aanleiding voor een volle dansvloer.

Ik mag Jean-Pierre van harte feliciteren met zijn mooie orgel en ook

de firma Decap Herentals die dit mooie orgel hebben gemaakt.

We wensen de nieuwe Century Junior nog veel succes toe!

This year's festival in Thun was attended by our member Uwe Gernert from Germany. The organisation of the festival was as perfect as always, the committee delivered an AAA+-Job. Parking and unloading of the cars was organized perfectly, the town-hall's basement as usual was guarded storage for the organs throughout the festival. Under best weather conditions (maybe a little bit too hot) the organs and their players were exposed through Saturday and Sunday. The festival started as usual with the Swiss club's annual gathering on Friday evening, followed by the invitation of the Town of Thun for an 'apero'. As traditional afterwards the organ players and their families were invited to a get-together-dinner. Saturday and Sunday everybody was invited to play their organs in the streets of the town.

Here Uwe presents some impressions of the Thun festival.

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Under the direction of Astrid Mertens, a documentary is being made in Brussels which tells the story of orchestrions and organs. The production team is looking for footage from any period (with or without sound) showing these instruments in dance halls, dance tents, in cafés, at fairs, …

If you have any (old) footage in your collection, please contact production assisant Anastasia Valeeva on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks for your help!

Johnny Verbeeck (1951-2015)It is with great sadness that we have to report the decease of organ builder Johnny Verbeeck. Johnny died after a long period of illness in the night of 1 on 2 June.

With Johnny we have lost a major figure in the Belgian and international organ world, but with the many instruments that he built, rebuilt and restored, his memory will live on forever.

Our thoughts are with his family.

You can send your condolences online on www.begrafenissen.net.

image1We normally don't announce small ads on the front page of our website, but we've made an exception this time, because there is a complete organ collection for sale in The Netherlands (the collection of the Heezen family).

You can find more information on our "Small ads"-page.

Louis Mostmans (1925-2015)Another great man in the organ world has left us: Louis Mostmans, who worked for Gebr.Decap in Antwerp since 1944, died on 9 January 2015.

During his career, Louis played an important role in the firm, especially in the manufacture of pipes, façades and cases. The firm is still in existence and is being run by Louis' son, Roger Mostmans.

The society extends its sympathy to the family.

Jan Van den Eede (1948-2015)Only two weeks ago our society had it's contact day at the premises of Jan and Claudia Van den Eede in Wolvertem, but unfortunately, Jan Van den Eede (°1948) died on 5 February 2015.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family, and remain very grateful for all the beautiful memories Jan gave us, organ enthusiasts, esecially those in his own organ hall in Wolvertem - a dream come true.

Rest in peace, Jan.

You can extend your condolences online on http://www.uitvaartenmoyson.be/.

121-key Decap "Century"Already for a while it was known among organ enthusiasts that the owners of the well-known 121-key Decap dance organ "Century" were looking to sell their instrument. Now the organ has been sold to a collector in The Netherlands. Enthusiasts who still want to hear the organ live can still come to the premises of Jan and Claudia Van Den Eede on Saturday 22 November and Saturday 20 December.

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