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Posts by Tatiana Hewitson

A Joyful Noise at St Stephen’s Ponsonby

In celebration of the 111th anniversary of their 1909 George Croft 2/12 pneumatic “Steve”, St Stephen’s Presbyterian Parish is throwing a PARTY! Birthdays are there for us to celebrate, but this is not the only reason.There is every chance this very rare in New Zealand and very significant instrument soon will be honored with a…

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How to Safely Clean an Organ Keyboard?

Corona virus issue is the one not to be neglected, and with the World Health Organization and our own Government’s wide spread advice for cleanliness and hygiene it is important we stay calm, do what we have to and follow centuries old Hippocrates’s “DO NOT HARM”. We have received a very prudent query from one…

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We Remember

29 February 2020 has marked the opening of Aldersgate Centre on Durham Street, Christchurch. 9 years on, we are still hurting. Yet memories and events like this help us to go on and enjoy life. Thank you The Press for the beautiful tribute.

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How Did the Book Launch Go? – GREAT!

On 7 February 2020 “More Than a Pipe Dream”, a book about pipe organ building in New Zealand and dedicated to 50 years of the South Island Organ Company, by Jill Worrall has been officially launched. The launch took place at South Canterbury Museum at Perth Street, Timaru.We thought it was a very appropriate venue…

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A TASTE of Big Sound of St John

The magnificent Chancel organ of St John’s Gordon has been installed and heard by the Parish.Team SIOC is proud of the fruit of their labour. Here is the first little taster! VOILA!! The dedication of the new church organ by the Bishop of The Murray, The Right Reverend Keith Dalby, during a Festal Choral Evensong…

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More Than a Pipe Dream

Woohoo! After several years of hard effort from the award-winning author Jill Worrall, many interviews and archival research, proof-reading, verifying and clarifying by John & Val Hargraves, Christopher Templeton (our resident archivist), communicating with the editor Renee Lang of Renaissance Publishing and layout designing by Trevor Newman, not to forget the rest of SIOC Team…

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Heritage Stone Church – St Peter’s Upper Riccarton

The oldest Anglican bluestone church in the city of Christchurch, St Peter’s Upper Riccarton is being extensively restored and reconstructed after the earthquake damage due to amazing generosity of people from all walks of life. We are very proud to be part of this project, doing our bit in regards to the 2 manual 15…

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Sacred Heart Catholic Basilica, Timaru

A cleaning and overhaul of the 2 manual 25 rank 1912 Hobday organ has commenced in August 2019, focusing on renewal of the fine leathers of its pneumatic action, many of which are still original. Remarkably, the slider soundboards and double-rise reservoir are still in excellent original condition and can still be left for another…

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