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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Cathedral Organ – Console lifted; Main and West Cases installed

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.

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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

Cathedral Organ Stage 1 completed

After 19 continuous weeks of on-site installation, Stage 1 – the Solo, Swell and Pedal organs – of the Holy Trinity Cathedral organ is complete. And it looks and sounds magnificent! As a foretaste of what is to come, we eagerly await completion next year!

The teams from Nicholson & Co have all returned to the UK where they are hard at work building the remainder of the organ – the Great and Choir organs – in time to ship it to NZ for installation commencing in January 2017.

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Organ voicers, Guy Russell (R) and James Atherton, in front of the completed south organ

Pipes on the move!

After a wait of 107 years, the façade pipes of the Croft organ in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity are having a makeover!

In 1909 George Croft, the designer and builder of the organ, offered the Cathedral the option of stencilling the front pipes, for a grand total of 15 pounds, but unfortunately funds were not forthcoming. Under the Selwyn’s Vision project we are delighted to be able to finally realise this original intention.

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St Mary’s organ pipes in situ (before cleaning and decoration)

Art conservator, Carolina Izzo, is undertaking the design and decoration of the pipes at her Parnell studio.  The first job, however, was to clean more than 50 years of dirt from inside and outside of each pipe.

After every pipe had been washed, the team from Studio Carolina Izzo arrived to apply the primer coat.

The pipes were then carried carefully down Parnell Road to their studio in Scarborough Lane.

The decorated pipes will be returned to Holy Trinity Cathedral and installed back into the organ façade of St Mary’s before Christmas 2016.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir member, Michael Dawson, at work in the Cathedral carpark cleaning the organ pipes
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The clean pipes laid out on the right – note the change in colour after 50 years of dirt removed!

 

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Carolina Izzo (R) with Conservation Assistant, Adele McNutt, assessing the painted pipes

 

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Pipes on the move down Parnell Road!

 

 

 

 

 

Organ scaffolding comes down, Voicers arrive, Pedal Organ revealed

After 9 weeks under wraps behind an enormous height of scaffolding, today the casework covering the Pedal Organ was revealed. This casework, which was designed to complement the rather austere architecture of the Chancel, is absolutely beautiful!

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The scaffold comes down

 

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The Pedal Organ casework revealed

 

Guy Russell and James Atherton arrived on site at Holy Trinity Cathedral this morning to begin the tonal finishing of the new organ.

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Guy Russell (R) and James Atherton in front of the organ console

It will take around 5 weeks to complete the Swell, Solo, and Pedal divisions which comprises around 3,000 pipes, including 4 stops of 32′ pitch.