Auckland Cathedral Proposed West View1

Auckland, New Zealand – Holy Trinity Cathedral

The New Voice organ commissioned by Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland is Nicholson & Co.’s largest new work to date, and their first southern hemisphere contract.

Featuring two stunning cases by leading designer, Didier Grassin, the new organ will sit handsomely 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 clarity and eloquence into both the chancel and the nave, whilst 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 one of the most significant instruments in the southern hemisphere and the largest in New Zealand. 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 technology.

The installation of a large new organ is something that happens rarely, and therefore the new cathedral organ has been designed to be suitable for the all purposes to which it may be put. The specification is for an instrument that is versatile and eclectic (whilst in the tradition of a British cathedral organ), so that the choir may be accompanied effectively, congregational singing supported and encouraged (aided by a small but powerful nave facing section of flues on a higher wind pressure), and the entire solo repertoire can be played convincingly.

Most of the pipework will be generously scaled to allow unforced tone with carrying power, and many stops will be of similar dynamic to allow them to be used together, giving a multitude of tonal colours. The (liturgical) south case will accommodate the Swell above Solo, each in an expression box with shutters facing both east and west, and the north organ will house the Great and Choir divisions, with the large Pedal pipes occupying the site of the present Harrison organ (low frequencies can effectively diffuse around corners and obstructions). There will be loud stops for excitement such as the Orchestral Trumpet and Tuba Mirabilis, and the Pedal will have a new unenclosed Bombarde rank to add power and colour to the tutti, but there will be a very wide range of quieter stops to soothe the ears when required (including a family of strings on the Solo from 16’ to a three rank Cornet de Violes).

The organ includes both an Open Wood and a Contra Bourdon at 32 feet in order to deliver the sense of very low-pitched gravitas expected of a cathedral organ. The Great and Swell chorus reeds will be on higher pressure than the fluework allowing their voicing to be firm but bright, with the Great reeds being reasonably sonorous and rich, and the Swell reeds having more ‘fire’.

Two sets of bells – a twelve-note Carillon and an Étoile Sonore (consisting of a rotating metal star on which several small bells are mounted, producing a continuous tinkling sound when the stop is engaged), complete the generously comprehensive specification.

Specification

Manuals CC to C (61 notes) : Pedals CCC to G (32 notes)
Pitch 440Hz @ 21.1oC

Great
Double Open Diapason
Open Diapason I
Open Diapason II
Gamba
Stopped Diapason
Harmonic Flute
Principal
Wald Flute
Twelfth22/3
Fifteenth
Seventeenth13/5
Fourniture (15.19.22.26)
Sharp Mixture (26.29.33)
Tremulant
Contra Posaune
Posaune
Clarion

West Great
Open Diapason
Octave
Superoctave
Mixture (15.19.22.26.29)
Solo to Great
Swell to Great
Choir to Great

Swell (enclosed)
Contra Salicional
Open Diapason
Gedeckt
Salicional
Voix Celestes T.C.
Principal
Nason Flute
Fifteenth
Mixture (17.19.22)
Oboe
Voix Humaine
Tremulant
Plein Jeu (19.22.26.29)
Double Trumpet
Cornopean
Clarion
Swell Octave
Swell Suboctave
Swell Unison Off
Solo to Swell

Choir
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Bourdon
Principal
Chimney Flute
Nazard22/3
Fifteenth
Recorder
Tierce13/5
Larigot11/3
Septieme11/7
Flageolet
Mixture (19.22.26)
Cremona
Tremulant
Tuba Mirabilis
(from Solo)
Orchestral Trumpet
(from Solo)
Étoile Sonore
Choir Octave
Choir Suboctave
Choir Unison Off
Solo to Choir
Swell to Choir
Great to Choir

16
8
8
8
8
8
4
4
22/3
2
13/5
IV
III

16
8
4


8
4
2
V





16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
III
8
8

IV
16
8
4






16
8
8
4
4
22/3
2
2
13/5
11/3
11/7
1
III
8

8

8
Solo (enclosed)
Contra Viole
Viole d’Orchestre
Viole Celeste T.C.
Concert Flute
Flute Celeste T.C.
Octave Viole
Harmonic Flute
Harmonic Piccolo
Cornet de Violes (10.12.15)
Cor Anglais
Corno di Bassetto
Tremulant
French Horn
Orchestral Trumpet
Carillon

Solo (unenclosed)
Tuba Mirabilis
Solo Octave
Solo Suboctave
Solo Unison Off
Great Reeds on Solo
West Great on Solo

Pedal
Double Open Wood
Contra Bourdon
Open Wood
Open Metal
Open Diapason
(from Gt)
Bourdon
Salicional
Echo Bourdon
(from Ch)
Quint102/3
Octave Wood
Principal
Bass Flute
Salicet
Tierce62/5
Quint51/3
Septieme44/7
Fifteenth
Open Flute
Mixture (19.22.26.29)
Contra Bombarde
Bombarde
French Horn
(from Solo)
Bombarde Clarion

Pedal (enclosed)
Contra Trombone
Trombone
Tromba
Solo to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Great Reeds on Pedal

16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
III
8
8

16
8
12 notes


8







32
32
16
16
16

16
16
16

102/3
8
8
8
8
62/5
51/3
44/7
4
4
IV
32
16
16

8


32
16
8
Generals on Swell toe pistons
Great & Pedal pistons coupled
Pedal Divide
Stepper
Sequencer
Card reader

 

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