OHTA has produced a recording of five historic organs located in New South Wales.  The aim is to showcase instruments which have been restored in recent years by Mark Fisher of Pipe Organ Reconstructions or Peter D G Jewkes.  Two of them, Bonnyrigg and Parramatta, are very successful ‘transplants’.


St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newcastle (Hill and Son 1892)
Seventh-day Adventist Church, Stanmore (Unknown mid-19th century builder)
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bonnyrigg Heights (Bevington 1879)
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Burwood (Davidson 1891)
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta (Norman and Beard 1898)

The players are Daniel Canaris, Pastor de Lasala, Peter Guy, Kurt Ison, and Peter Jewkes.  They have selected music which demonstrates the tonal resources of each instrument, ranging from 18th c pieces for manuals only to Handel, S S Wesley, Mendelssohn, Hollins, Thalben-Ball, Whitlock, and William Mathias.  The sound has been vividly captured by Greg Ghavalas, and comprehensive notes by Dr Kelvin Hastie OAM on the instruments have been included in the accompanying booklet.



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