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Year 13 Physics students visit "Norma"

Jeremy White —

In the Dunedin Town Hall the Concert Hall's Symphonic Organ, affectionately dubbed "Norma", was built in 1919 by William Hill and Son of London.

I am sure that not many people can say they have ever toured 'Norma' (the Town Hall Organ) but that is exactly what some of our Year 13 Physics students did last week. 

Not only were we talked through how each of the pipes makes its sounds but we also got to go inside the organ to see the mechanics of how it works. The trip was timely as we are in the midst of studying the physics of sound, how it is generated and how musical instruments operate.

We were grateful for the opportunity and were treated to a performance at the end of the tour.