Cathedral Organ Installation

A busy start to 2017 at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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.




The first pipes go up!

The organ builders are making excellent progress and there is much to see.  Their first two weeks here were spent installing the blowers and other equipment in the plant rooms.

This week the first of the casework was installed, with the first of the pipes.

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And the scaffolding continues to grow!

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The organ scaffolding from the Cathedral Nave






Gilding completed; scaffolding comes down

The gilders have now finished on site at the Bishop Selwyn Chapel, and this week the Chapel is again visible!

The shrinkwrap covering the exterior scaffolding has been removed, allowing a first glimpse of the gilded ceiling.

The scaffolding will be fully dismantled by early next week, however the Chapel will still be fenced from public access, as it remains a building site while a number of final completion works are undertaken.

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A scaffold city in Holy Trinity Cathedral

After 6 years in the planning, the organ builders have arrived from the UK to install the Cathedral organ!

Over the last week a city of scaffolding has grown in the centre of the Cathedral. This will be in place for many weeks while the first side of the organ is installed. This area is fully fenced from the public and will be the organ builders’ compound for the next 5 months. It will allow the Cathedral to remain open over this time.

The first of several 40 ft containers arrived at 5.30 am this morning and was unloaded into the compound, ready to be installed.

With all this activity in the Cathedral, weekday Eucharist and weekday Evensong are currently being held in St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity. The Cathedral remains open for visitors and all Sunday services.





Inside the Chapel

The inside of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel has been crowded with scaffolding for many months. The scaffolding was used to construct the roof, install the mechanical services in the ceiling cavity, and construct the curved ceiling structure.

Last week the scaffold was dismantled and removed, allowing a sense of the interior space. Dean Jo Kelly-Moore (photo below) enjoys the openness.