Street organs are a distinctive part of Dutch street culture, even today they can often be heard in the centre of Amsterdam and at fairs and fêtes.
We at Sarau are lucky to have been offered the opportunity to showcase this amazing instrument – recently renovated and brought to Nelson by Trevor Carsten. In the good old days, street organs were hand-powered. The operators would take turns cranking the big wheel that ran the machine. In later years, most street organs added small gas-engines to do the job – let’s hope Trevor’s trailer mounted machine on a trailer is powered! – what an opportunity for us all!