I recently moved house and, with a dedicated music room, I decided to look for a practice instrument for home. Initially sceptical about digital instruments, I have been completely won over and am now the delighted owner of a Noorlander organ with Hauptwerk software. The console is attractive, the touch wonderful and the sound system magnificent. Nigel Stark could not have been more helpful throughout the whole process, from initial thoughts to project completion. Daily practice is no longer merely an aspiration but a fact, and life, frankly, has been transformed!
Professor David Saint
Organist & Director of Music, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham
Former Principal, Birmingham Conservatoire
Amazing! Thanks to the brilliant Hauptwerk programme, a superior console installation from Noorlander, and the expert services of Nigel Stark at Hauptwerk SystemsUK, I can now play Bach on a Silbermann, Cesar Franck on a Cavaille-Coll and everything else on a magnificent modern eclectic instrument, each instrument heard in its original acoustic. Truly inspirational.
David Lovell Brown, B.Mus., A.R.C.O. Organist, Stamford Endowed Schools
I have had an organ in the house for perhaps 35 years, a series in ever increasing size from a leading American organ builder. The latest 13 years ago served me well but was huge. Downsizing the
house was never on the cards and a smaller instrument would have been both expensive and possibly disappointing. Out of curiosity, I went with a friend to Oakham to see and hear Nigel Stark
demonstrate the Noorlander Fugara 3. Less than a minute was enough to convince that I wanted one.
Edward Sharp, Tewin, Hertfordshire
I am absolutely delighted with my Noorlander Fugara III. It currently has three complete instruments on it, and I can blast my neighbours with the splendid full organ of the Goerlitz Sonnenorgel, explore the magnificent Werkprinzip of the Schnitger in Zwolle, or (more normally and public-spiritedly) enchant my practising ear with the many exquisite flutes of the Waltershausen Trost organ. In addition, I can go on voyages of exploration through the many free sample sets installed on it, and enjoy the business end of the Caen Cavaille-Coll, or even a charming 2-manual German baroque harpsichord. Nigel gave painstaking and expert help in establishing the various options I wanted (including an extensive piston collection); and I am thrilled with the end result, which is a joy to use and to listen to.'
I have had a three manual Hauptwerk practice organ for almost 3 years now.
I have played other electronic organs with not much satisfaction over a number of years.
The Hauptwerk system is the best I have come across so far in having a realistic pipe organ sound and touch.
Nigel Stark has set up this system to its best advantage and has installed additional
sample sets which make the system even more versatile. I can thoroughly recommend his ability in this regard.
Father Stephen Dye. BA STB School
The Hauptwerk system is startlingly realistic. My first experience of a
HauptwerkSystemsUK home installation left me almost speechless,
I sensed that I was actually in the same building as the organ I was playing,
that realism was quite addictive and involving and I found myself adapting my playing and approach to each individual instrument and building.
Having recently heard and played a recent HauptwerkSystemsUK installation
in a church building, I can say that it is by far the best substitute for a pipe-organ
that I have experienced and that anyone considering an alternative to a pipe organ
should fully explore the musical and audio qualities that a Hauptwerk system provides.
Jeremy Jepson Bmus PG.Dip. Conductor Stamford Choral Society, St. Peter's Singers, Dyvers Voices
If you are looking for the most convincing pipe organ substitute, then the Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ is the one to investigate. I was amazed by the authentic sounds produced and the feeling that I was playing a real pipe organ.
Colin Druce FRCO GBSM ARCM Head of Keyboard, Warwick School