With its capital city, Adelaide, renowned as "The City of Churches", South Australia has an extraordinarily rich heritage of fine pipe organs. Adelaide was the home of J.E. Dodd, the first Australian-born organ builder to achieve international acclaim. In the early 20th century, Edwin H. Lemare, the greatest concert organist of the 20th century, proclaimed that "America had not produced instruments nearly so good" as the pipe organs of J.E. Dodd.
The state can also boast two of the finest cathedral organs in Australia: the Grand Organ in St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide - one of the finest historic musical instruments in the southern hemisphere, and the large instrument in St Mark's Cathedral, Port Pirie - originally built by J.E. Dodd for Elder Hall at the University of Adelaide in 1901.
South Australia's world-famous Barossa Valley wine region is also home to a glorious heritage of pipe organs large and small, including the large Grand Organ originally built for the Adelaide Town Hall.
Adelaide is also home to modern concert organs in the Adelaide Town Hall and the renowned Silver Jubilee Organ in the Festival Theatre, built on a platform floating on top of a specially-designed hovercraft system so that the entire instrument can be easily moved around the stage area or "floated" back into the "world's largest cupboard"!