British firm to build the largest pipe organ in NewZealand
18 July 2014
The Malvern firm of Nicholson & Co has been commissioned to build their largest organ so far, for Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. The organ will also be the company’s first in the southern hemisphere.
Featuring two stunning cases by leading designer, Didier Grassin, the ‘New Voice’ organ will sit on either side of the crossing in chambers made available by the removal of the nave bridge. From this position, the organ will speak with into both the chancel and the nave, while drawing the eye through the dramatic new vista opened up along the length of the building.
With 90 speaking stops and 5,215 pipes, the organ will be the largest in New Zealand, and the largest church organ to be made in Britain for 70 years. It will be played from two identical consoles: a fixed console in a loft above the Cathedral’s Marsden Chapel, and a movable console in the nave, each with four manuals and 122 drawstops, and equipped with the latest playing aids.
Work in Nicholson’s Malvern factory will start in July 2015, with completion in the Cathedral by October 2017.