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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St Mary’s Organ Pipes

Only 107 years after it was designed, the George Croft pipe organ in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity has finally received the pipe decoration that was always intended!

George Croft left no indication of design for the pipe decoration so, in consultation with the Selwyn’s Vision Project committee, Studio Carolina Izzo was engaged to design and decorate the pipes. Carolina’s description of the design process is as follows:

“The design began with the classical elements from the Renaissance with the style of the scrolls and the floral patterns. St Mary is acknowledged in a classical scroll of the two letters “A M” for Ave Maria. This “signature” is placed at the top of the largest pipe as a beacon for the Church, saluting Mary, and the many women who have, and who continue to, work and worship within the Anglican faith.

The pipes on either side of the central pipe bear the Fleur de lis – a symbol of Mary. Therefore the three uppermost symbols on the central pipes acknowledge Mary. The banner underneath is a perpetual wave symbolising baptism and faith and also alluding to the natural world of the Pacific and its peoples.

The large design surrounding the languid of the three central pipes, is a bouquet of classical motifs mixed with koru-like scrolls.  The koru is a vital part of Maori design, signifying the unfolding fern frond of our forest floors and also awakening, as the frond threatens to unfurl.  The central part of this design is drawn in to the triquetra or trinity knot, symbolising the holy trinity. The choice of this symbol was inspired by the presence of this motif in the new Bishop Selwyn Chapel.  Above this is the scallop shell, which is a symbol of baptism and also pilgrimage.  The symbol of baptism echoes the place of birth in God’s family and in the society and community of St Mary’s Church.

On the groups of pipes to the left and right of the central pipes the symbol that features most is the star.  This four-pointed golden star (a symbol usually styled to resemble a cross) serves two symbolic purposes – the star represents the birth of Jesus and the purpose for which He was born – to die on the cross.

The colours chosen are a reflection of the interior decorations inside the church.  Blue is very important of course, considering the symbolic association with Mary.  The gold leaf elements for the pipes illuminate well-known religious meaning; spiritually speaking that God is divine, and practically speaking that the material is malleable, long-lasting and beautiful.”

Thank you to Carolina and team for a beautiful and meaningful design. The finished result is truly spectacular!

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St Mary’s Organ Restoration

Simon Pierce and his team from Brisbane are back in NZ for four weeks to install the restored components of St Mary’s pipe organ.

A 20 ft container arrived on St Mary’s Court early yesterday morning and the team spent a rainy day unloading all the parts that have been carefully restored.

They will return after Christmas to finish the installation and ‘voice’ the organ, which will be ready to play before Easter 2017.

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The team from Pierce Pipe Organs (from L): Simon Pierce, Richard, Phillip, Michael (HTC), Derek, Kyle, Thomas

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St Mary’s Organ Restoration

We are delighted to welcome Simon Pierce and team to the Cathedral this week from Brisbane. Pierce Pipe Organs Pty Ltd is undertaking a full restoration of the St Mary’s 1909 George Croft organ.

Simon and team commenced on site yesterday morning. They will spend the next 10 days dismantling the organ for transportation to Australia for restoration. They will return to install the restored organ later in the year to have it ready for use again by Christmas.

We are very much looking forward to hearing and seeing this fine instrument restored to pristine condition.

Please note that St Mary’s is closed until Sunday 15 May while these works take place.

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Simon Pierce (R) with team (from L) Tomaz, Gavin and Philip inside St Mary’s organ