Pipes on the move!

After a wait of 107 years, the façade pipes of the Croft organ in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity are having a makeover!

In 1909 George Croft, the designer and builder of the organ, offered the Cathedral the option of stencilling the front pipes, for a grand total of 15 pounds, but unfortunately funds were not forthcoming. Under the Selwyn’s Vision project we are delighted to be able to finally realise this original intention.

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St Mary’s organ pipes in situ (before cleaning and decoration)

Art conservator, Carolina Izzo, is undertaking the design and decoration of the pipes at her Parnell studio.  The first job, however, was to clean more than 50 years of dirt from inside and outside of each pipe.

After every pipe had been washed, the team from Studio Carolina Izzo arrived to apply the primer coat.

The pipes were then carried carefully down Parnell Road to their studio in Scarborough Lane.

The decorated pipes will be returned to Holy Trinity Cathedral and installed back into the organ façade of St Mary’s before Christmas 2016.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir member, Michael Dawson, at work in the Cathedral carpark cleaning the organ pipes
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The clean pipes laid out on the right – note the change in colour after 50 years of dirt removed!

 

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Carolina Izzo (R) with Conservation Assistant, Adele McNutt, assessing the painted pipes

 

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Pipes on the move down Parnell Road!

 

 

 

 

 

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