“Most people think that pipe organs are only for churches, but that is changing. We have designed, built and installed an organ in the new TivoliVredenburg concert hall right here in Utrecht,” tells Adjan Smitsman of Van Vulpen Organs. “More than 1,600 people came to watch it play for the first time. That says a lot.” It is not the only concert hall that has had a pipe organ installed recently. Both the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Paris Philharmonic are home to an organ, built to match the architecture. “Our organ in Tivoli has no traditional front with pipes. This organ has a front that consists only of holes, with the pipes behind them,” explains Smitsman.