Cathedral Organ nearly complete

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.

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The Nicholson team on their last day at the Cathedral. From L – Darren, Gavin, Tim, James and Paul

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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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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