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Piping up for the good of the organ
Taking care: Packing organ pipes into specially-built boxes are Paul Rosoman, left, a concert organist and vice-
president of the NZ Organ Preservation Trust and Moritz Fassbender, who has completed a two-year apprenticeship
in organ restoration in his native Germany.
By BY CLAIRE HAMLIN
Hawke s Bay s biggest organ has
fallen silent and its 3000 pipes are
being packed into specially-built
boxes before they begin a journey
to Timaru for a tune-up.
St John s Cathedral organ will
be revoiced and tuned, as well as
having working mechanisms
replaced and digital technology
The addition of a further 900
pipes will fill out the organ s
sound, giving it more spatial
presence , said John Hargreaves
of the South Island Organ Com-
Mr Hargreaves is in charge of
the project and said that, while it
was all in a day s work for the
company, it was always exciting
to begin work on a project of this
size, which he estimated would
take about a year .
At present the organ uses elec-
tricity to work the bellows that
pump air into the pipes and one of
the steps in the refurbishment is
to replace that with digital tech-
nology via an ethernet cable, he
There will also be a new low-
profile console at floor level -- one
of the first in New Zealand --
which can be moved around the
The area where the console
presently stands will be used for
some of the new pipes.
Preserving much of the present
character and sound of the instru-
ment is an important feature of
Some of the pipework dated
back to 1870, when an organ from
the then-renowned Lewis factory
in London was brought to New
Zealand, then purchased by St
John s Cathedral after the orig-
inal organ and cathedral were
destroyed in the 1931 earthquake.
In addition the present instru-
ment contained some of the best
examples of work by the former
Auckland organ builders, George
Croft and Son, and this would be
Cathedral director of music
Gary Bowler said there had been
considerable overseas interest in
the project, as well as interest
from people who would like to
play recitals on it once the
refurbishment was complete.
It s a very good instrument
even now. It makes a very good
sound and the big thing is that
everything that s there will be
The new console will be great
for when I m working with the
choir, as we will be on the same
level and when we have orchestra
and organ recitals we can move
the console to the best place in the
We are very fortunate to have
the South Island Organ Company
working on this project, as they
have considerable experience
working on cathedral, town hall
and large church organs in both
New Zealand and Australia.
While I am a little sad to have
played the present organ for the
last time after 31 years, I also look
forward to its return.
Mr Hargreaves, with his 46
years of experience, tried to
reassure Mr Bowler: For Gary,
it s like saying goodbye to an old
friend and is a step into the
unknown, in a way.
The new cathedral organ will
be like having surround sound
after many years of mono and I
am looking forward to hearing it
played when it returns.
While the work progressed,
fundraising would continue, with
the cathedral still $130,000 short
of its $618,000 target.
The cathedral would not be
without organ music this year, as
a temporary electronic organ will
We are very excited to be at
this stage of the project, said
Dean Helen Jacobi.
Our minds are firmly fixed on
our fundraising goal and we know
people in Hawke s Bay will help
us get to our target.
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