Sunday 28th August 2016 – The Michael Oliver Memorial Cup for Best Exhibit at the Great Dorset Steam Fair has been presented to Nigel Myers and “Organ Square.”
The exhibit is made up of organs from all over the UK and even as far as Holland. Nigel Myers has been bringing the 89-Key De Grote Gavioli Organ since restoration work was completed in 1999.
The original 89-Key G4 Scale Gavioli Organ was built in Waldkirch in the Black Forrest c1906 for use on the fairgrounds of Germany. It has since attended numerous organ events in Holland where there remains much affection for it.
Nigel said: “It’s an honour to receive this award in recognition of the organs on behalf on myself, James Dundon and all the other organ owners. We get a lot of visitors stopping to ask us about how they work and they seem to interest young people as well as older generations. It’s an annual pilgrimage for us to the Great Dorset Steam Fair and we look forward to many more years.”
Managing Director Martin Oliver said: “The Organ Square exhibit is a fantastic introduction to the show and it’s one of the first exhibits that many visitors see. Each individual organ and engine is well looked-after by hard-working exhibitors and it’s the overall effect they create altogether that is deserving of this award.”