The first pipes go up!

The organ builders are making excellent progress and there is much to see.  Their first two weeks here were spent installing the blowers and other equipment in the plant rooms.

This week the first of the casework was installed, with the first of the pipes.

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And the scaffolding continues to grow!

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The organ scaffolding from the Cathedral Nave






Cathedral Organist talks about the Cathedral Organ

The NZ Herald was here at Holy Trinity Cathedral to capture the excitement as the first of the 40 ft containers arrived.

They spoke to Philip Smith, Cathedral Organist at Holy Trinity. Please click here to listen to the interview.


A scaffold city in Holy Trinity Cathedral

After 6 years in the planning, the organ builders have arrived from the UK to install the Cathedral organ!

Over the last week a city of scaffolding has grown in the centre of the Cathedral. This will be in place for many weeks while the first side of the organ is installed. This area is fully fenced from the public and will be the organ builders’ compound for the next 5 months. It will allow the Cathedral to remain open over this time.

The first of several 40 ft containers arrived at 5.30 am this morning and was unloaded into the compound, ready to be installed.

With all this activity in the Cathedral, weekday Eucharist and weekday Evensong are currently being held in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity. The Cathedral remains open for visitors and all Sunday services.





Harrison pipes return!

A 20 ft shipping container arrived at Holy Trinity Cathedral yesterday from the UK. This container held the restored and revoiced pipes from the former Harrison organ. Namely, the Pedal 16 Salicional,16 Bourdon, 4 Flute, 32, 16 & 8 Trombones, in addition to 6 ranks of pipes destined for Choir Organ and a number of new and refurbished pedal chests.

The container was unloaded in a very short time by a team of keen workers and its contents have been safely stored in the Cathedral awaiting the arrival of the Nicholson team at the end of May.



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An interview with the BBC

Andrew Moyes and Guy Russell, Directors of Nicholson & Co, the UK company building our new Cathedral organ, were interviewed this week on BBC Radio (Hereford and Worcester).

Please click on this link to listen to the interview. Andrew is on at 1:11 and Guy at 1:55. Click the arrow at the bottom left of the picture to play and then scroll to just over halfway through for the first interview, and nearly at the end for the second.

And to add to the excitement building, the reconditioned Harrison organ pipes have left Nicholson’s Malvern factory and will be arriving in NZ at the end of April.

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The reconditioned Harrison Organ pipes are on their way home!

Cathedral Organ

Work continues apace at Nicholson & Co, the UK firm building the new Cathedral Organ.

The reconditioned Harrison Organ pipes will be leaving the UK factory next month in a 20ft container. The new organ cases and pipes for the South and Pedal organs will follow in a succession of 40ft containers and the organ builders will arrive (in shifts) from the end of May to install the South and Pedal organs. The North organ will be installed in 2017.

H&H Trombone chest refurb
Harrison Organ Trombone Chest refurbishment

Mobile console

Swell Cornopean on voicing machine

James Atherton with Swell Cornopean on voicing machine

Racking in Unda Maris & Octave Viole
Racking in Unda Maris & Octave Viole

Cathedral Organ

Work on the Cathedral Organ has commenced in the UK. The container of pipes removed from the old Harrison Organ in January has arrived at Nicholson’s factory in Malvern, Worcestershire. These pipes will be reconditioned for the new organ. Manufacture of the new organ will occupy Nicholson’s factory for the rest of this year and much of next. Installation of the organ is programmed to commence around April 2016 and will be completed in 2017.

With the manufacture of the organ happening on the other side of the world, it has been necessary to engage an independent consultant to act as our representative in Malvern. We are pleased to announce that Paul Hale has been engaged as this representative for overseeing the construction and installation of the organ.

Paul is the Cathedral Organist & Rector Chori at Southwell Minster and an Accredited Member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers. Paul comes highly recommended and we are very pleased to have him involved in this project.

Paul at Southwell console Sept 2013

Removing the Big Pipes

Today the organ builders begin work to remove the largest pipes from the Harrison organ. This is a mammoth undertaking due to the sheet size and weight of the pipework, some weighing upwards of 700kg. The scaffolding which reaches right up into the ceiling of the Cathedral Chancel is around 25m high in order to tackle the tallest pipes.


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