Queensland

37th Annual Conference

Organ Historical Trust of Australia

Monday 22 September - Saturday 27 September 2014

 

Brisbane City Hall organ (Photograph: Simon Pierce)

 

The 37th annual conference of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia was held in Queensland from 22-27 September 2014.

Our principal overseas guest was the internationally renowned improviser Nigel Allcoat who performed for us at several venues. See his website at: http://www.nigelallcoat.org/

The conference also commemorated the completion of the restoration of the Henry Willis & Sons organ at Brisbane City Hall carried out by Pierce Pipe Organs Pty Ltd. This project started at the end of 2009 and has seen its complete removal from the hall, its refurbishment, and reinstatement in the restored hall 2013-2014 which now has superlative acoustics. Details of the organ are at: http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/BrisbaneTownHall.html

There were visits to many significant organs, such as the Norman & Beard instrument at St John's Cathedral, which has received a major tonal revision since our last visit, and to a number of organs by the local firm of Whitehouse Bros. together with others by Pierce Pipe Organs, Knud Smenge, Roger Pogson, J.W. Walker & Sons and Kenneth Tickell. Papers were also delivered that were relevant to the themes of the conference.

St John's Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane (Photograph: John Maidment)


Hotel accommodation was reserved in Brisbane and in the Gold Coast, bus transportation was provided, and a number of meals scheduled. The conference brochure was posted out with the April OHTA News and is available for downloading by clicking on the link below.

2014 OHTA Conference brochure

Participants at the 2014 conference on the steps of St Mary's Church, Ipswich (Hugh Knight)

 


The proposed itinerary was as follows, starting in Brisbane and then proceeding west to Hatton Vale, Minden and Ipswich and finally south to Southport and Murwillumbah:

Saturday 20 September

Nigel Allcoat - recital at St John's Cathedral 6.00 pm (part of the Cathedral's TIOS recitals, doubling as a pre-conference recital)

St John's Anglican Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane
Norman & Beard Ltd, London & Norwich, 1909
Installed 1910 B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
Additions 1912, 1914, 1915 & 1924
3 manuals, 30 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Rebuilt & enlarged 1972 Hill, Norman & Beard, Melbourne
4 manuals, 81 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic & electro-magnetic action
Tonally redesigned and revoiced 2008-10 W.J Simon Pierce, Brisbane
4 manuals, 82 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic & electro-magnetic action

 

Monday 22 September

St Paul's Presbyterian Church, St Paul's Terrace (registration followed by visit)
St Patrick's Church, Fortitude Valley
St Margaret's School, Ascot
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Woolloongabba
Wesley Uniting Church, Kangaroo Point
Evening: open console at St John's Cathedral

St Paul's Presbyterian Church, St Paul’s Terrace
Hill & Son, London, 1882 (job no 1834)
Installed 1883 T.C. Christmas in Presbyterian Church, Creek Street
Installed 1889 in apse of present church
Removed 1891 to present location in transept
2 manuals, 18 speaking stops, mechanical action
Rebuilt with additions 1963 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
2 manuals, 22 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

St Patrick's Catholic Church, Morgan Street, Fortitude Valley
T.C. Christmas, Brisbane, for W. Horatio Wilson, Brisbane, c.1881
Installed in this location, 1882
3 manuals, 13 speaking stops, mechanical action

St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School, Petrie Street, Ascot
B.B. Whitehouse & Co., 1905, for Presbyterian Church, Ithaca
Installed at Baptist Church, Greenslopes, 1934 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Additions 1972 H.W. Jarrott, Brisbane
Installed in present location 1994 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
1 manual, 4 speaking stops, mechanical action, no pedals

Nazareth Lutheran Church, Hawthorne  Street, Woolloongabba
W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane, 2005
2 manuals, 14 speaking stops, mechanical action

Wesley Uniting (formerly Methodist) Church, Linton Stree, Kangaroo Point
B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane, 1903
Restored 1953 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Restored with additions 1989 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
2 manuals, 13 speaking stops, mechanical action

St John's Anglican Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane
Norman & Beard Ltd, London & Norwich, 1909
Installed 1910 B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
Additions 1912, 1914, 1915 & 1924
3 manuals, 30 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Rebuilt & enlarged 1972 Hill, Norman & Beard, Melbourne
4 manuals, 81 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic & electro-magnetic action
Tonally redesigned and revoiced 2008-10 W.J Simon Pierce, Brisbane
4 manuals, 82 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic & electro-magnetic action

 

Tuesday 23 September

St Andrew's Anglican Church, South Brisbane (OHTA annual general meeting followed by visit)
Brisbane City Hall - lunchtime concert (part of regular BCC series) followed by open console
University of Queensland: Forgan Smith Building
University of Queensland: St John's College

St Andrew's Anglican Church, Vulture Street, South Brisbane
J.W. Walker & Sons, London, 1884
Installed 1885 T.C. Christmas, Brisbane
2 manuals, 16 speaking stops, mechanical action.
Restored with additions 1961 Charles Dirksen Organ Co., Brisbane
Rebuilt and enlarged 1970 Laurie Pipe Organs, Melbourne
3 manuals, 30 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane
Henry Willis & Sons, London, 1891-92, for the Exhibition Building, Bowen Park, Brisbane.
4 manuals, 45 speaking stops, tubular pneumatic action
Rebuilt, enlarged & installed in present location 1927-29 Henry Willis & Sons Ltd, London &
Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
5 manuals, 76 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
Renovated with additions 1988-91, Brown & Arkley, Sydney
5 manuals, 79 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action.
Removed to storage for restoration 2010 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland

St John's College Chapel (Anglican), University of Queensland
Kenneth Tickell & Co., Northampton, UK, 2011
2 manuals, 16 speaking stops, mechanical action

 

Wednesday 24 September

All Hallows School Chapel, Ann Street
St John's Cathedral, Ann Street
St Andrew's Lutheran Church, Wickham Terrace
All Saints' Anglican Church, Wickham Terrace
St Andrew's Uniting Church, Creek Street
Ann Street Presbyterian Church
Albert Street Uniting Church

All Hallows' Convent Chapel, Ann Street, Brisbane
B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane, 1911, for Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Mackay
Restored & installed in present location with additions
c.1921 B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
Restored 2011 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
2 manuals, 10 speaking stops, mechanical action

St John's Anglican Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane
Norman & Beard Ltd, London & Norwich, 1909
Installed 1910 B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
Additions 1912, 1914, 1915 & 1924
3 manuals, 30 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Rebuilt & enlarged 1972 Hill, Norman & Beard, Melbourne
4 manuals, 81 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic & electro-magnetic action
Tonally redesigned and revoiced 2008-10 W.J Simon Pierce, Brisbane
4 manuals, 82 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic & electro-magnetic action

St Andrew's Lutheran Church, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane
Knud Smenge, Melbourne, 1990
2 manuals, 17 speaking stops, mechanical action

All Saints' Anglican Church, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane
T.C. Lewis, London, 1873, for St John's Pro-Cathedral, Brisbane
2 manuals, 11 speaking stops, mechanical action
Installed with additions 1903 at St Luke's Anglican Church, Brisbane, B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
Rebuilt, electrified & installed in this location 1957 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Rebuilt & enlarged 2007 W.J.Simon Pierce, Brisbane (opus 5)
2 manuals, 24 speaking stops, mechanical action

St Andrew's Uniting (formerly Presbyterian) Church, Creek Street
Walter G. Rendall, Sydney, 1905
3 manuals, 30 speaking stops, tubular pneumatic action
Rebuilt with addition 1908, B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
3 manuals, 31 speaking stops, tubular pneumatic action
Additions 1922, and console moved 1935 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Electrified 1941 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Addition 1959 J.W. Walker & Sons, UK
3 manuals, 38 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
Rebuilt 1984 J.W. Walker & Sons (Australia) Pty Ltd, Sydney
3 manuals, 40 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
Presbyterian Church, Ann Street, Brisbane
Charles Richardson, Sydney, 1903
Console moved and pneumatic action reversed 1921 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Additions 1929-30 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Restored 2004 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
2 manuals, 17 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action

Uniting (formerly Methodist) Church, Albert Street, Brisbane
George Benson, Manchester, 1889.
3 manuals, 26 speaking stops, mechanical & tubular pneumatic action
Addition 1895 B.B. Whitehouse, Brisbane.
Rebuilt with tubular pneumatic action 1911 B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane
Additions 1928 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Rebuilt & enlarged 1951 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
3 manuals, 41 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
Rebuilt 1985 J.W. Walker & Sons.
3 manuals, 37 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

 

Thursday 25 September

Apostolic Cathedral, Hatton Vale
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minden
Lunch at Railway Museum
St Thomas' Anglican Church, North Ipswich
St Mary's Catholic Church, Ipswich

Apostolic Cathedral, Niemeyer's Rd, Hatton Vale
Installed 1950 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane,
incorporating case, soundboard & action of original organ at the
Methodist Church, Wooloowin, and pipework from first organ
at All Saints' Anglican Church, Brisbane
1 manual, 6 speaking stops, mechanical action, no pedals
Enlarged 2008 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
1 manual & pedals, 12 speaking stops, mechanical action

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tallegalla Road, Minden
FIRST ORGAN: Unknown builder, installed c.1881.
PRESENT ORGAN: Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane, 1931.
1 manual, 3 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action, no pedals.

St Thomas' Anglican Church, Lawrence Street, North Ipswich
James Cole, Manchester, c.1878
Installed 1878 Wesleyan Church, Albert Street, Brisbane
2 manuals, 12 speaking stops, mechanical action
Installed in present location with addition 1892 W.H. Paling & Co., Brisbane
2 manuals, 13 speaking stops, mechanical action
Restored 1937 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Partially rebuilt 1968 John Hamer-Howorth
2 manuals, 12 speaking stops, mechanical action

St Mary's Catholic Church, Elizabeth Street, Ipswich
B.B. Whitehouse & Co., Brisbane 1915
Addition c.1917
Restored 1987-96 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
2 manuals, 19 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action

 

Friday 26 September

Bethesda Lutheran Church, Beenleigh
St George's Anglican Church, Tamborine Mountain
St Peter's Anglican Church, Southport
St Hilda's School Chapel, Southport

Bethesda (formerly St Peter's) Lutheran Church, City Road, Beenleigh
Knud Smenge, Melbourne, 1983
2 manuals, 8 speaking stops, mechanical action

St George's Anglican Church, Dapsang Drive, Tamborine Mountain
W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane, 1993
Additions 1997-2000 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
1 manual, 11 speaking stops, mechanical action

St Peter's Anglican Church, Nerang Street, Southport
Original builder unknown
Probably installed 1866 at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Ipswich
Installed c.1921 in St Alban's Chapel, The Southport School, Southport,
1924 in former St Peter's Church, Southport, and 1959 in present church.
2 manuals, 7 speaking stops, mechanical action
Rebuilt with electro-pneumatic action 1976 Walter Emerson, Toowoomba
Additions 1982 Walter Emerson, Toowoomba;
1990 Australian Pipe Organs, Melbourne and 2010 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
2 manuals, 10 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
Enlarged 2014 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
3 manuals, 18 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

St Hilda's (Anglican Girls') School, High Street, Southport
J.W. Walker & Sons, Brandon, Suffolk, 1985
Installed 1986 David Hudd, Brisbane
2 manuals, 8 speaking stops, mechanical action

 

Saturday 27 September

All Saints' Anglican Church, Murwillumbah
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Murwillumbah
The Southport School Chapel, Southport

All Saints' Anglican Church, Byangum Road, Murwillumbah
C.W. Leggo, Sydney, 1926
2 manuals, 18 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Moved to present church 1960, and electrified 1973 H.W. Jarrott, Brisbane
2 manuals, 20 speaking stops, electric action
Restored 1998 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
Additions 2010 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
2 manuals, 22 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
William Stone, Melbourne, 1884, for St Columb's Anglican Church, Hawthorn, Victoria
Installed in present location 1924 W.L. Roberts, Melbourne
2 manuals, 8 speaking stops, mechanical action
Rebuilt in organ loft 1955 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
2 manuals, 9 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Electrified c.1986 H.W. Jarrott, Brisbane
2 manuals, 9 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

The Southport School (Anglican), St Alban's Chapel, Winchester Street, Southport
Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane, 1925
Addition 1925 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
2 manuals, 23 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Electrified 1979 Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
2 manuals (3-manual console), 23 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

 

 

Historic / Restored
Destroyed / Removed
Modern / Tracker
Rebuilt

 

Enquiries should be directed to OHTA councillor Dr Phillip Gearing phillip.gearing@gmail.com