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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Guy Russell and James Atherton arrived on site at Holy Trinity Cathedral this morning to begin the tonal finishing of the new organ.
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.
A busy month for the pipe organs at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Simon Pierce and team were back in the first two weeks of August to continue the restoration work on the St Mary’s organ. While here they fitted sliders seals and repainted the building frame and swell boxes in the original Croft colours.
Their visit coincided with the farewell to the second team of Nicholson & Co organ builders installing the Cathedral organ. This second team worked primarily on the installation of the pedal organ with its four 32 ft stops.
The third Nicholson team arrived in NZ last week, in time to unload the fifth container of organ components, including the mobile organ console and the pedal organ casework. They have commenced installing the solo and swell organs. The solo organ includes the first complete string chorus from 16 ft to III Cornet de Violes to be built in the UK since World War II, and another first for New Zealand.
From L-R: Kevin Davies (Site Foreman), Darren Bingham, David Roskelly, Rick Kearsey
Cathedral Organist, Philip Smith, unveils the mobile console inside Holy Trinity Cathedral
More than 600 people attended the Dedication and Opening Service of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel on Sunday 21 August.
The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of Auckland, thanked all those involved in the construction of the Chapel, and The Right Reverend Ross Bay, Bishop of Auckland, thanked the Dean for driving this project through to completion. The Bishop’s sermon is available here on the Holy Trinity Cathedral website.
Bishop Ross knocked on the doors three times with his crozier before marking out the letters Alpha and Omega as he dedicated the Chapel.
This Service marks the physical completion of Holy Trinity Cathedral and the commencement of its journey to consecration in October 2017.