The Daily Grind

Vol.V No.3 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER, 2008

  

  

  

  

  

 New Zealand Organ Manufactory

Workshop

Testimonials

Press Excerpts

List of Tunings

List of Contracts

Items for sale

Bi-monthly newsletter

 

Dr Ron Newton

Organa Cantuariensia

Thesis

 

New Zealand Organ Museum

 

Oamaru's Historic Quarter

 

  

Our overhaul of the 1960 George Croft & Son organ in Greenlane Presbyterian church was a feature of August.  Transit New Zealand had redeveloped the intersection with Great South Road, and as a result this church lost access to its entrance.  The entire interior of the building was realigned and the console was needed at the opposite end.  The organ was in need of some attention and after five weeks on site everything is back together again.

Other smaller work included overhauling and repairing the Dulciana pipework and chest at Whangarei Methodist, overhauling and repairing the front pipe chest at St. Therese's church in Three Kings, and some minor repairs at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Newtown.

In preparation for the remaining work at Thames Union church we had the double rise reservoir and feeders releathered by Hugh McCrum of Upper Hutt, New Zealand's most senior organ builder.  We spent some time helping Hugh finish the work and learned a lot in the process.

  

We are very pleased to welcome Johannes Goeckel as a member of our staff for the next few months.  Johannes is serving his organ building apprenticeship with his father Karl Goeckel in Muhlhausen near Heidelberg, and will return for his final exams in December.

As well as a busy organ building programme Ron played for a wedding in Greymouth and gave a lunch-time recital at St. Matthew's church in Hastings as part of their blossom festival celebrations.

The end of September saw our first major tuning of the Harrison & Harrison at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, with Johannes sitting patiently at the console holding notes for thirty hours spread over three days.  The results were very pleasing.