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Colin van der Lecq has become a regular collaborator since he first came to the harpsichord workshop from Perth for an intense, three-week internship in February 2002.
Colin learnt to play piano and organ from a young age, and for a period was Assistant Organist at St George’s Cathedral. He became interested in instrument making at the age of 16 when he had the opportunity of work experience with organ builder F J Larner & Co. For three years after he finished high school, Colin worked full time with that firm, after which he began his association with Patrick Elms & Co of Albany, working throughout WA.
In 2007, Colin spent several months assisting South Island Organ Company of New Zealand, firstly on the cleaning and documentation of the Wellington Town Hall organ and later working alongside pipe voicer John Gray in their Timaru workshop.
Colin’s special interest in the early piano, respecting the intent of the original makers of the antique keyboard instruments he works on, has seen his close involvement with the pianos held in the various historic houses of Sydney Living Museums.
Colin is pictured here in the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, preparing our Klop Organ for a concert in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Bach & Beyond series in April 2010.
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