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Here at SIOC we work hard for our Clients in fulfilling their dreams and aspirations in regards to a musical instrument which is so complex in so many ways.

When the pipe organ is finally brought home and assembled, tonally regulated and tuned, it is a musician’s job to put it through its paces and give it a W.O.F.
It is the unison between the organ and the artist that creates a special magic which fills hearts, minds and souls of the audience with the most uplifting experience.

We would like to share with you some of the comments from New Zealand organists.

Barry Brinson
Organist at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, Christchurch
(about 1891 Bevington & Sons Organ, restored and enhanced)

“I’d just like you to know that Russell and I have spent a lot of time with our new “toy” and are absolutely thrilled with what we have at present – and completely blown away with the way it sounds in the acoustic of our new building. We had a “walk through” experience last Sunday and sang a couple of Christmas songs – the congregation responded magnificently and the singing was most uplifting. Quite emotional really, as we realized what we had been missing for seven years, and now, we have our lovely organ back again – beautifully restored and enhanced, tonally, and visually.  I’m attaching a couple of photos, taken by Jan – showing one very happy and proud organist (!!) and the vista of the organ’s beautifully restored casework and pipe frontage. It just happened that last Sunday was my turn on the roster, so I feel very privileged and humble to have had the first opportunity of playing it for the congregation.” – 22/12/2017

Martin Setchell
International Concert Organist
(about Nelson Centre of Musical Arts 1913 Cawthron Organ, restored & enhanced)

“The organ behaved itself very well for my concert, (because I insisted on the temperature being controlled through the day!) with no problems and the reeds held their tune pretty well. The sequencer was a breeze; thanks so much for installing the European chip. I featured the Vox Humana as a solo in the Fletcher Fountain Reverie; a great hit. Especially appreciated the movable (and solid) music desk, excellent lighting, and the placement of the seq. forward toe piston.

I learned a lot too from your excellent article in ON. The return home of some pipes was a rather moving story, and I mentioned this ‘Christchurch connection’ to the audience.

All in all, you can be well pleased with a sensitive and extremely appropriate restoration. The organ looks and sounds beautiful again. Congratulations to the team!” – 3/09/2018

Church Property Trustees
The Anglican Diocese of Christchurch

“Church Property Trustees would like to formally acknowledge your professional services to its Recovery programme and trust that you will accept this Certificate as a token of its appreciation.

Without the skill and knowledge base of specialised companies like yours, we would not have been able to deliver such a successful outcome for the Parishes and Diocese of Christchurch. We know that because of this, future generations will benefit because of your expertise.” – 24/05/2018

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Our Book is Available for Purchase

More than a Pipe Dream

This book pays homage to the highly skilled individuals in the South Island Organ Company who have dedicated so much of their lives to designing, building and restoring pipe organs, highly complex musical instruments as they are. It unveils an impressive amount of detail about this unique company's development, achievements and adventures, including secrets of the instruments construction and the art of restoration, all of which is presented in a highly readable manner so that you will never feel overwhelmed by technical jargon.

This book is the work of multi-award-winning writer Jill Worrall.

$99.99 plus postage & handling fee.

Here are some comments:

  • "Thrilled to have the book arrive today. What a gorgeous production it is and how poignant the earthquake stories and images. Thank you and I will enjoy it in greater detail as the days go by". - Tim McWhannell
  • "The book has arrived....amidst the busy day, I just had to have a quick flip through. I am absolutely gobsmacked!  What a magnificent publication -accolades all round!
    You have exceeded!  I am wordless, and speechless!
    Bravo!" - Roy Tankersley
  •  "The book arrived today! Excellent publication" - Alan Edwards
  • To John: "I enjoyed the book...indeed more than a pipe dream, that's for sure. From it I can see you've had a  remarkable and interesting career amongst some great talented craftsmen and artisans and have formed a great company in SIOC which you must be proud of. The tragedy of the losses SIOC suffered with the deaths of your men following the earthquakes is so sad and I am sure is a deep loss to you and Val personally. But what an outstanding first 50 years" - Craig Maclean & family
  •  "My copy has arrived. It is superb!! Many thanks to Val and John, and to all those who had input into its publication" - Robert Cleaver