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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Farewell Service for Dean Jo Kelly-Moore

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After 6 years as Dean of Auckland, we give thanks for Jo’s ministry and enthusiastic commitment to the completion of the Selwyn’s Vision – Let’s finish what history started project.

We wish the Kelly-Moore family well as they journey to England, where Dean Jo will take up her post as Archdeacon of Canterbury on the 22nd of January 2017.

We hope that you can be part of this farewell celebration.

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.

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James and Sally Tibbles

 

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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

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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.

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