We are honoured to have been commissioned to build a new four-manual, 70-stop organ for Christchurch Cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The cathedral, and its 1882 Hill & Son / 1929 Hill, Norman & Beard organ were significantly damaged in the earthquake that struck the city in 2011. A major construction project is presently well underway to stabilise and reinstate the neo-Gothic building.
The new organ will have electro-pneumatic action and will incorporate some of the existing pipework that is restorable, but will be otherwise entirely new, including the two new cases to reflect the organ’s new divided disposition either side of the chancel.
The tonality of the instrument will be inspired by the character of the Hill pipework.
Completion for the new instrument is scheduled to coincide with the re-opening of the restored cathedral in 2027.
The consultant for the project is Paul Hale.