The cathedral organ

In November 2016 our four-manual TC Lewis/Croft pipe organ was damaged as a result of the 7.8 earthquake centred near Kaikoura. Several of the large 16’ pedal pipes were dislodged, some of them falling on to the choir stalls themselves while others damaged pipework inside the chamber. While most of the pipework came away unscathed, including the valuable core of Lewis pipework found in the Swell division, the supporting timber structure was found to be unsafe. The entire chancel area was out-of-bounds to enter until the pipework and surrounding structure was made safe in November 2017.

 The organ prior to the earthquake

The organ prior to the earthquake

 Some of the damage caused by the earthquake

Some of the damage caused by the earthquake

Shortly afterwards, the Cathedral congregation voted unanimously to purchase a new four-manual digital instrument, which will serve the Cathedral music until such time as a large-scale rebuild of the pipe organ can proceed. For more information about the TC Lewis/Croft pipe organ, please visit this page.

This instrument, a Viscount Regent Classic, should be installed by the end of 2018. The instrument is being custom built for the Cathedral, and will feature four manuals, 85 speaking stops and 42 speakers. The picture below is of another Viscount Regent Classic instrument to demonstrate the style and quality of the new instrument.

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In the meantime, we are using a temporary two manual Viscount digital organ which is situated near the lectern. The original pipe organ console in the swallow’s nest opposite the organ chamber will be removed prior to the installation of the new organ.

 

The lady chapel organ

The Lady Chapel Organ is a Walker “Positive” extension organ of three and a half ranks distributed over two manuals and pedals, and eighteen stops. It was built by J.Walker & Sons, London in 1961 and was first installed in the Calvary Hospital Chapel, Wellington. The organ was subsequently moved to other locations and was used for a time in the Roman Catholic Church in Newlands. It was from there that it was dismantled, shifted and installed in the organ chamber in the Lady Chapel in December 1991, and in April 1993 was purchased by the Cathedral as a gift from the Arthur Button Trust. This is a delightful instrument for accompanying services in the Chapel and for the Cathedral organists to teach and practise on.

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Great

  • Open Diapason 8′
  • Lieblich Gedackt 8′
  • Dulciana 8′
  • Principal 4′
  • Twelfth 2 2/3′
  • Fifteenth 2′
  • Mixture III

Swell

  • Open Diapason 8′
  • Lieblich Gedackt 8′
  • Dulciana 8′
  • Lieblich Flute 4′
  • Dulcet 4′
  • Nazard 2 2/3′
  • Piccolo 2′

Pedal

  • Bourdon 16′
  • Flute 8′
  • Principal 4′
  • Flute 4′