Sharp, Ronald (William)
- W.D. Jordan
(bKogarah, Aug 8, 1929). Australian organ builder. He is self-taught, and built his first organ in 1960 for St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Between 1960 and 1982 he built numerous organs for Australian colleges, chuches and concert halls, also constructing ten medieval-style hand-pumped portative organs, each with one or two stops and 20–40 pipes. Between 1969 and 1979 Sharp built his most important instrument, for the Sydney Opera House. At the time this was the world’s largest mechanical-action organ. It has five manuals, 127 stops and 10,500 pipes and is acknowledged as one of the most successful concert organs of the 20th century. The façade, Positiv and Brustwerk pipes are by Jacques Stinkens (Zeist), the large reeds and some of the wooden pipes are by Laukhuff (Weikersheim) and other reed pipes were made by Carl Geisecke (Göttingen). The console, wind-chests and some of the wooden pipes were made by Sharp from local timber....