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Students in Concert with St Joseph’s Cathedral Pipe Organ, Dunedin

The Otago & Southland Organists Association extends their warm invitation to all music lovers, supporters of young talent…

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…

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…

We Remember

29 February 2020 has marked the opening of Aldersgate Centre on Durham Street, Christchurch. 9 years on, we…

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…

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…

More Than a Pipe Dream

Woohoo! After several years of hard effort from the award-winning author Jill Worrall, many interviews and archival research,…

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…

Sacred Heart Catholic Basilica, Timaru

A cleaning and overhaul of the 2 manual 25 rank 1912 Hobday organ has commenced in August 2019,…

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