The Daily Grind

Vol.I No.1  MAY, 2004






 New Zealand Organ Manufactory



Press Excerpts

List of Tunings

List of Contracts

Items for sale

Bi-monthly newsletter


Dr Ron Newton


Organa Cantuariensia



New Zealand Organ Museum


Oamaru's Historic Quarter



We are pleased to launch this occasional news page for interested readers.

After the usual delays inherent in such ventures, our article on the Gothic Revival and organ design is to be published in the New Zealand Association of Organists' Organ News this month. Also in Organ News will be our first advertisement in that periodical.


Coming up in June is the national Congress of Organists, to be held in Hamilton at Queen's Birthday weekend. Ron will be giving a lecture on George Croft and his pipemakers, with a simple demonstration of metal pipemaking. This should give organists an idea of what is involved in this relatively unknown, but fascinating, field of organ building.


George Croft was New Zealand's most important organ builder of the first half of the twentieth century, and was responsible for over a third of the instruments built here between 1895 and 1930, the period of Ron's thesis.


June will also be a busy month for tuning in the North Island. Ron will also be bringing back another donated instrument for the Museum, an early nineteenth-century French pedestal organ.



In the workshop work is well under way on two reed organs, one belonging to a family in North Canterbury and the other to a museum in Wellington.


The search is still on for the perfect apprentice. A number of people young and old have shown interest, and we hope to inform our friends of any new developments shortly.


Ron is examining a Masters thesis on the Christchurch organist G. F. Tendall at present, and is glad to see continued work being done on local music history.


His last concert with the Oamaru Choral Society will take place 30 July at St. Patrick's church, Oamaru, with the Youth Orchestra and soloists.


In August he will be accompanying the Dunedin City Choir at St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, and leading his tenth-anniversary Historic Places Trust organ tour, this year through Lyttelton and Avonside. With another tour in Dunedin, and playing for the Order of St. John Investiture service at the Hall of Memories, things are just busy enough.