“Welcome Home to the Croft Organ”

St Andrew’s on-the -Terrace, Wellington This major organ restoration project for SIOC has drawn to a close now, and was celebrated with a great ‘Welcome Home to the Croft Organ’ fun variety concert on 2 May 2021.  John and Val Hargraves were there, along with SIOC staff members Paul Rosoman and Bryan Jones.  John and…

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St Peter’s Rieger – Home at Last

It’s been a busy year so far with most of our staff working away from Timaru for some time.  First up was the installation of the Rieger organ in its new position in the sympathetically upgraded interior of the restored iconic building at Church Corner, Christchurch.  For the organ builders, this organ has been a…

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Upcoming Organ Events

In this blog we are happy to Spread the Word!!! – as we are just as passionate about pipe organs as these beautiful people are: Otago & Southland Organ Association Inc. would like us to share their May 2021 edition of Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust are welcoming 4 Rising Stars for some very special…

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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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