Auckland, New Zealand – Holy Trinity Cathedral

The new Nicholson & Co. organ in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland will become one of the most famous musical instruments in the southern hemisphere. It is an instrument of outstanding quality in every respect. The casework is iconic, the tonal finishing superb and the constructional finish impeccable. It is both a delight to play and to listen to.

From the performer’s perspective, the consoles are wonderfully comfortable and, on arrival, one feels as though one is seeing an old friend. The instrument’s tonal quality makes it not only a delight to play, but also to register. The instrument talks to you, letting you know what combination of stops will work brilliantly. The tonal possibilities are, literally, endless!

As a liturgical instrument, the new organ is the largest church or cathedral organ in Australasia. The clever and comprehensive nature of the tonal design will become clearly apparent to all as the instrument shows its prowess accompanying everything from the largest congregational singing to the most intimate anthem. The sound of the instrument provides that rare combination of ‘bass roll’ with remarkable clarity, making possible the exciting performance of the widest variety of solo repertoire.

Sincere and heartfelt congratulations to all involved in making this vision become reality. There’s no doubt that what has been achieved at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland will become an inspirational tool for others around the world and will raise the bar for other cultural projects as people learn, see and hear what has been accomplished so successfully in New Zealand.

Extract from review by Thomas Heywood, International Concert Organist, Australia

Details of instrument here.

Bristol – All Saints’ Church, Clifton

It was an absolute thrill to have the organ back in action at All Saints yesterday, and the congregation gave it a large round of applause after a good work out in the main service. I am absolutely delighted with the work that you and all your colleagues have done, and I am particularly pleased that we made the right decision in entrusting the work to Nicholsons, and the faith and care you have shown in realising the potential of this instrument. We are very fortunate. Please pass my thanks and those of all of us at All Saints to your colleagues, and best wishes for the continuing success of the firm.

John Davenport – Organist, All Saints’ Church, Clifton

Bury Parish Church

Messrs Nicholson & Co (Worcester) have done a splendid job for us and we now have a very fine instrument which I am sure will not only enhance services and worship but also give many years of pleasure. We strongly recommend Nicholson to any other church contemplating work to their organ as we found both their management and staff extremely helpful and co-operative in all aspects of the restoration.

Extract from letter from John Allen (PCC Vice Chairman) to the Diocesan Registry, Manchester dated 9 Jan 2009

Ealing – St Barnabas’ Church

The rebuilding of the 1877 Hill organ from St Jude’s Southsea into St Barnabas Ealing London W14 is a remarkable achievement. Credit must be given to Nicholson & Co of Malvern in their attention to detail from the outset, in making this such a successful project.

Paul Joslin, Organ Consultant

Ealing – St Barnabas’ Church

She is absolutely magnificent, and I felt I must write to you personally to thank all at Nicholson’s for the job you have done. It is a real testament to the quality of workmanship and professionalism to all at Nicholson’s that St Barnabas will have such a terrific instrument to enhance its worship for many years to come. I can’t wait to get my hands on it properly!

Mr P C Jeanes, Director of Music, Notting Hill and Ealing High School

Cardiff – Llandaff Cathedral

Wow – it is a Rolls-Royce of organs – responsive, comfortable to play, every note clear, and even a safe and easy access to the console. Your company’s attention to detail is superb. I wish we had an organ of this standard in Reading!

Mark D Jameson

Cardiff – Llandaff Cathedral

Richard Moorhouse gave us a talk on the instrument and played Bridge’s Adagio in E, which immediately alerted us to the wonderful sound of this fine organ. All I can say is that it is a masterpiece – thoroughly practical for service accompaniment and a fine recital instrument as well. The sound spreads throughout the Cathedral and has power as well as refinement. The choruses are beautifully developed and the whole thing is a pleasure to play. Dr Roy Massey was there and gave a startling improvisation showing off all the facets of the organ.

I so hope they manage to complete the Solo etc which would then make it one of the finest instruments in the country. You have broken the mould and the hegemony of the Classical organ, but without abandoning some of the principles of the Organ Reform Movement. I think the future could be rather exciting!

Richard Francis, Herefordshire Society of Organists