Holy Trinity Cathedral was consecrated at a special service on Saturday 28th of October 2017 at 3pm.
Consecration marks the successful completion of the Selwyn’s Vision – let’s finish what history started project to complete and consecrate Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Consecration is the offering of the Cathedral back to God, for His glory and purposes. This celebration acknowledged the many who over generations have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the life and work of Holy Trinity Cathedral.
The final team of organ builders from Nicholson’s have completed their installation work of the new Cathedral organ. As a result the last vestiges of scaffolding and fencing have been removed from the Chancel crossing, and for the first time in nearly three years the Cathedral no longer resembles a building site. Nicholson’s foreman, Tim Bennett, together with his team of Darren, Gavin and Paul, were with us for 6 weeks over March/April, and it was with some sadness that we farewelled them as they have, over the course of the total installation, become very much a part of the Cathedral team.
But all is not quite finished. A team of two voicers from Nicholsons will be joining us in mid-May for the final voicing and tuning of the organ, and our UK-based organ consultant, Mr Paul Hale, will travel to Auckland at the end of May to assist in the final handover process from Nicholson’s to Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Another milestone event for the Selwyn’s Vision project will be the first public playing of the new organ at the Trinity Sunday Service of Choral Eucharist at 10am on 11 June 2017.
The time gap between our first public use of the new Cathedral organ in June, and the Opening Recital on 16 September, is very deliberate. Such a large and new instrument will require a considerable “settling in” period to ensure its five thousand pipes, hundreds of metres of cabling, over 100 circuit boards, plus its complex web of blowers and soundboards, all operate as designed, and in tune. And then there’s the not insignificant challenge for Philip Smith, Cathedral Organist, and Michael Stoddart, Director of Music, to become totally familiar with the playing of this magnificent instrument.
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.
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.
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.
A very busy six weeks for the Nicholson & Co team. Two 40ft containers have arrived and been unpacked; the Main and West cases and façade pipes have been installed; and the building frames, soundboards and wind system are all in place.
But the most exciting part of this phase was the lifting of the fixed console. This console weighs over 400kg and was lifted to its permanent home above the Marsden Chapel using a hoist system between two scaffold towers.
Team One have returned to the UK and we look forward to welcoming Team Two tomorrow for the completion of the installation.
The first weeks of January saw the installation of two massive scaffolding towers, and preparatory works of steel and painting undertaken, ready for the organ builders’ arrival on 23 January.
The first of two containers arrived from the Nicholson & Co factory, Malvern, UK, on 24 January and the install of the North organ has commenced.
The North organ will be a mirror image of the South organ, although the internal components will be different. It is programmed for completion by Easter 2017, after which the voicing of the entire organ will commence.
Welcome back to the first of the Nicholson & Co organ building teams for the North organ install.