Bishop Selwyn Chapel at Sunset



A wonderful first concert in the Bishop Selwyn Chapel

Saturday 15 October saw the inaugural concerts in the Bishop Selwyn Chapel at Holy Trinity Cathedral.  James Tibbles brought in his beautiful decorated harpsichord and played a sumptuous programme of Baroque music with Sally Tibbles on the flute.

All present agreed the acoustics of the new Chapel were outstanding.

The Selwyn’s Vision team congratulates James on his 40 years of professional music making and thanks the Tibbles’s as all proceeds from these concerts going to the provision of a chamber organ for the Chapel.

James and Sally Tibbles


Inaugural Concert in the Bishop Selwyn Chapel

Radio NZ Concert interview with James Tibbles

On Saturday, 15 October, at both 2pm and 6pm, James and Sally Tibbles will perform the first concert in the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.

Entitled ‘Backwards and Forwards’, this baroque concert is a celebration of 40 years of professional music making for James. This year marks 40 years since he was appointed Organ Scholar at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and 30 years since he was appointed Director of Music.

Both concerts will be followed by refreshments. Tickets for 2pm are $40 and $30 (seniors), including afternoon tea, and for 6pm $50 and $40 (seniors), including wine and nibbles.  Tickets are limited and available from the Cathedral Office on 09 303 9500 or at the door.

All proceeds go towards a Chamber organ for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.

This week James was interviewed by Eva Radich on Upbeat. Listen to the interview on Radio NZ Concert here.

Inaugural Concerts in Bishop Selwyn Chapel


Holy Trinity Cathedral is delighted to invite you to “Forwards and Backwards”, the Inaugural Concerts in the Bishop Selwyn Chapel  a milestone along the Selwyn’s Vision journey to complete and consecrate Auckland’s Anglican Cathedral.  After two years of construction, you will not want to miss the first public performances in our new Fearon Hay-designed Chapel!!

“Forwards and Backwards” is a concert of Baroque music performed on harpsichord and flute by James and Sally Tibbles, and celebrates James’ professional music-making career.  This year marks 40 years since James became Organ Scholar at Holy Trinity Cathedral and 30 years since he was made Director of Music at Holy Trinity – also milestones worthy of celebration!

When:        Saturday, 15 October 2016

Time:         2 pm – $40 adult, $30 seniors Includes afternoon tea
                   6 pm – $50 adult, $40 seniors Includes wine and nibbles

Where:       Bishop Selwyn Chapel Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Road, Parnell

Tickets are available from the Cathedral Office, ph 09 303 9500.

All proceeds from these concerts will go towards the provision of a chamber organ for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.



The Bishop Selwyn Chapel is open!

More than 600 people attended the Dedication and Opening Service of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel on Sunday 21 August.

The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of Auckland, thanked all those involved in the construction of the Chapel, and The Right Reverend Ross Bay, Bishop of Auckland, thanked the Dean for driving this project through to completion. The Bishop’s sermon is available here on the Holy Trinity Cathedral website.

Bishop Ross knocked on the doors three times with his crozier before marking out the letters Alpha and Omega as he dedicated the Chapel.

This Service marks the physical completion of Holy Trinity Cathedral and the commencement of its journey to consecration in October 2017.

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A full house at Holy Trinity Cathedral for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel Opening Service
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The Right Reverend Bishop Ross Bay, Bishop of Auckland, knocks on the Chapel doors
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The Right Reverend Jim White, Assistant Bishop of Auckland, dedicates the Altar
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The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau, dedicates the Cross


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The Bishop Selwyn Chapel


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Chapel architect, Jeff Fearon, with Dean Jo Kelly-Moore

Photographs by Luci Harrison Photography

Installing the Bishop Selwyn Chapel garden Cross

Another momentous day in the journey of Selwyn’s Vision!

On Thursday 4 August 2016, the Cross for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel was installed in the Trinity Garden at Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Cross was designed by Christchurch-based artist, Neil Dawson.

Yesterday’s install was the culmination of a year-long project. Nine New Zealand artists were approached in 2015 to design a Cross for the Chapel, which would need to sit in the garden. Eight artists submitted proposals, from which two were short-listed, and Neil Dawson’s proposal was finally selected.

It has been a pleasure to work on this project with Neil, a world renowned artist. This will be his first major public sculpture in Auckland in 20 years.

Neil, who is the son of a Methodist Minister, has never designed a cross before, nor any ecclesiastical artwork. Neil says the challenge of designing a unique cross was made easy by the wonderful design of the Chapel, by Fearon Hay Architects. All Neil’s work is about looking ‘through’ objects.  He says the experience of looking through the Cross to the trees in the garden will create constantly changing effects of light, reflection and shadow. Working in concert with the Chapel ceiling, the Cross leans away to create a feeling of ascension.

Neil’s Cross is made from stainless steel tube and bar, and is coated in gold leaf. The Cross is 5.6 m and is elevated on a pole to allow it to visually float amid Bishop Selwyn’s oaks.

Neil worked with a team of people, including structural engineers Ruamoko Solutions, Southern Stainless Steel Fabricators, his assistant Lisa Patterson, and gilder Kate Woodley.


Kate Woodley
Gilder Kate Woodley at work
Neil Dawson supervising the foundation excavation
The Cross is removed from the container on a trolley
The crane lifts the Cross …..
….. up past the corner of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel ….


….. around into the garden ….
……. where it is bolted into place on its pole




Neil Dawson with Dean Jo Kelly-Moore in front of the Cross

We are very grateful to Neil and his team for this wonderful sculptural Cross.