Tours & Presentations

We welcome guests from near and afar, of all ages and interests. Whether you are an organ fan, engineering mind, crafts aficionado or just a curious person, come and visit us.

Tours & Presentations

Here at the South Island Organ Company, we are very passionate about our craft and ready to share our  knowledge with anyone who is keen to know about organ building and to see our premises.

John Hargraves MNZM is available to give presentations or lectures on a wide range of technical topics. We have a collection of around 30,000 colour photos of New Zealand and Australian organs and video documentation and drawings of a significant number of major restorations and rebuilds. Visitors or tour groups are welcome to visit the Washdyke factory at any time, but we strongly recommend making an appointment by telephone or email to ensure that the timing of your visit enables us to make it fully enjoyable and informative.

If timing is right you might be treated to a skill of organ pipe voicing in our Voicing Shop or see a trial installation of the organ in our Assembly Shop.
Occasionally a tour or a presentation is only a foreword for an organ concert.

Young people are extremely welcome!


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More than a Pipe Dream

More Than a Pipe Dream 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. In these pages you find the story of how this unique company first came to be formed. An impressive amount of detail will be unveiled of its 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.

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