Cathedral gets a wash

Holy Trinity Cathedral received a well-deserved wash last week, and is now looking beautiful, ready for Consecration on Saturday 28 October.

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Cathedral Organ Festival Weekend

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Cathedral Organ Festival Weekend
Saturday 16 Sept, 7.30pm
Sunday 17 Sept, 2pm

​The weekend of 16 – 17 September 2017 will mark the Grand Opening of the Cathedral Organ, with 2 days of celebration:

Grand Opening Recital (Saturday 16 September, 7.30pm) with performances by Philip Smith, Cathedral Organist, and Michael Stoddart, Director of Music. This Opening Recital, is the first of the Cathedral Organ Recital Series. Programme will include works by Bach, Hollins, Tchaikovsky, Duruflé and NZ composer Christopher Artley. This is a ticketed event.

​​Choral Eucharist (Sunday 17 September, 10am) will feature the Vierne Mass played on two organs by Philip Smith and Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien, and sung by the Cathedral choirs.  This is a public service and all are welcome.

Gala Concert (Sunday 17 September, 2pm) will showcase the huge flexibility of the new Nicholson organ, with pieces for different combinations of instruments, choirs and voices, as well as a range of players and ensembles. Programme will include works by Elgar, Purcell,  Vierne, and Parry. This is a ticketed event.

Choral Evensong (Sunday 17 September, 5pm) will be held in St Mary’s, where the newly restored historic George Croft organ will have its chance to shine.  Philip Smith will accompany the Cathedral choir. This is a public service and all are welcome.

The Cathedral organ – designed, built and installed by Nicholson & Co Ltd of Malvern, UK – is the largest pipe organ in New Zealand, the largest church organ in Australasia, and the largest organ to be built in the UK since the 1940s. Installation of the organ was completed in June 2017 and the organ was blessed at a Dedication Service on Sunday 11 June.

Tickets on sale through iTICKET. Season tickets available.

Click here to buy tickets or phone 09 361 1000.

Cathedral Organ nearly complete

The final team of organ builders from Nicholson’s have completed their installation work of the new Cathedral organ. As a result the last vestiges of scaffolding and fencing have been removed from the Chancel crossing, and for the first time in nearly three years the Cathedral no longer resembles a building site.  Nicholson’s foreman, Tim Bennett, together with his team of Darren, Gavin and Paul, were with us for 6 weeks over March/April, and it was with some sadness that we farewelled them as they have, over the course of the total installation, become very much a part of the Cathedral team.

But all is not quite finished. A team of two voicers from Nicholsons will be joining us in mid-May for the final voicing and tuning of the organ, and our UK-based organ consultant, Mr Paul Hale, will travel to Auckland at the end of May to assist in the final handover process from Nicholson’s to Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Another milestone event for the Selwyn’s Vision project will be the first public playing of the new organ at the Trinity Sunday Service of Choral Eucharist at 10am on 11 June 2017.

The time gap between our first public use of the new Cathedral organ in June, and the Opening Recital on 16 September, is very deliberate. Such a large and new instrument will require a considerable “settling in” period to ensure its five thousand pipes, hundreds of metres of cabling, over 100 circuit boards, plus its complex web of blowers and soundboards, all operate as designed, and in tune.  And then there’s the not insignificant challenge for Philip Smith, Cathedral Organist, and Michael Stoddart, Director of Music, to become totally familiar with the playing of this magnificent instrument.

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The Nicholson team on their last day at the Cathedral. From L – Darren, Gavin, Tim, James and Paul

Opening Recital of St Mary’s Restored Historic Pipe Organ

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Simon Pierce and his team from Pierce Pipe Organs, Brisbane, are nearing the end of their complete restoration of the beautiful George Croft organ in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity.

Finishing work continues apace this week ahead of the Opening Recital on Saturday evening, 7.30pm, 25 March 2017, 108 years to the day since the first opening recital.

The last few stops are being installed, and tonal finishing is almost complete.

Simon has had a team of three working with him for the last six weeks, with Derek, Kyle, Lochlan, Jamie and Julie traversing the Tasman at regular intervals.

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Simon hosted the organ equivalent of a “roof shout” last week, an opportunity to celebrate the near-completion of the restoration, where everyone was unanimous in their praise for the sound and appearance of the instrument.

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Simon and his wife Julie will be special guests at the Recital on Saturday.  Cathedral Organist, Philip Smith, and Director of Music, Michael Stoddart, will be pulling out all the stops for the recital!

The Opening Recital on Saturday 25 March is the first of a series of four recitals.  Tickets are available from iTicket or at the door on the night.

Please visit www.holy-trinity.org.nz for more details.

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Cathedral Organ – Console lifted; Main and West Cases installed

A very busy six weeks for the Nicholson & Co team. Two 40ft containers have arrived and been unpacked; the Main and West cases and façade pipes have been installed; and the building frames, soundboards and wind system are all in place.

But the most exciting part of this phase was the lifting of the fixed console. This console weighs over 400kg and was lifted to its permanent home above the Marsden Chapel using a hoist system between two scaffold towers.

Team One have returned to the UK and we look forward to welcoming Team Two tomorrow for the completion of the installation.

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Cathedral Organ Installation

A busy start to 2017 at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The first weeks of January saw the installation of two massive scaffolding towers, and preparatory works of steel and painting undertaken, ready for the organ builders’ arrival on 23 January.

The first of two containers arrived from the Nicholson & Co factory, Malvern, UK, on 24 January and the install of the North organ has commenced.

The North organ will be a mirror image of the South organ, although the internal components will be different. It is programmed for completion by Easter 2017, after which the voicing of the entire organ will commence.

Welcome back to the first of the Nicholson & Co organ building teams for the North organ install.

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