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John Hargraves MNZM

John Hargraves – Managing Director

John was born in 1942 in Auckland, where he studied music with Peter Godfrey, Ronald Tremaine and Thomas Rive. He became fascinated as a child with the pipe organ, from listening to records of Albert Schweitzer playing Bach and learned the piano for several years from age 12 and the pipe organ from age 16 on returning to Auckland . His first organ teacher was Trevor Sparling, organist of St David's Church, Khyber Pass and formerly Auckland City Organist. He served an organ-building apprenticeship with John Lee of Feilding (ex Rushworth & Dreaper) commencing at age 21 and in 1968 joined the fledgling South Island Organ Co in Timaru. Two years later he became a director and has served the Company ever since. In 2010 he was named as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to organ restoration. He is organist-choirmaster and an elder of Chalmers Presbyterian Church.



Gerald Green

(Organ Building & Tuning & Maintenance)


John Cookson

(Organ Building)


Josh Anderson

(Organ Building - Apprentice)


Moritz Fassbender

(Organ Building)


John Gray

(Voicing & Tonal finishing – Tuning & Maintenance)


Christopher Templeton

(Organ Building, Tuning & Maintenance, Archivist)


Zack Bennett

(Organ Building)


Neil Hooper

(Organ Building)


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