some organs of the Upper North Island, New Zealand

29th Annual Conference

Auckland and Waikato regions

30th September - 5th October, 2006

Details and photographs of selected organs seen on the conference

Organs built by George Croft

Knox Presbyterian Church, Parnell

St Benedict's Catholic Pro-Cathedral

Unitarian Church, Ponsonby

St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Ponsonby

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ponsonby

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton

Bainbridge Methodist, Rotorua

Maclaurin Chapel, University of Auckland

Organs built by Lawton and Osborne

St Christopher's Naval Chapel, Devonport

St Peter's School, Cambridge

Organ by John Avery

Ponsonby Baptist Church

Organ by Brindley & Foster

Holy Sepulchre Anglican Church, Grafton

Organ by Henry Jones

St Alban's Anglican Church, Balmoral

Organ by Harrison & Harrison

Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, Parnell

Organ by Pearce

Union Church, Thames

Organ by Anon

St Mark's Anglican Church, Te Aroha

Organs by L├ętourneau and Thompson

St Paul's Collegiate School, Hamilton

Miscellaneous photos


Croft organbuilding factory

Rotorua and learning how to do the "Haka"

Zealandia Sculpture Gardens and organ

St Matthew's in the City, Auckland

Group photo

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Auckland Town Hall with Conference Hotel (Airedale) behind [MQ]

The 2006 OHTA Conference to the North Island of New Zealand gave members the opportunity to see and hear a number of historic instruments, particularly those by the significant local firm of George Croft together with Lawton & Osborne, an offshoot of a prominent Scottish firm.

Holy Sepulchre Anglican Church, Auckland:
three manual Brindley & Foster 1896 / Norman & Beard

There were visits to instruments by notable overseas builders, particularly John Avery, Brindley & Foster, Harrison & Harrison and Henry Jones. A number of these organs are located in splendid wooden churches with notable fittings.

Knox Presbyterian Church, Parnell, Auckland - two manual Croft 1911

A summary of the programme:

Saturday 30 September: Registration at Auckland Town Hall. Papers and visits to organs in central Auckland and an evening concert on the restored 1779 John Avery organ at Ponsonby Baptist Church.

Sunday 1 October: Visits to organs in Parnell including the old cathedral (St Mary's) and its Croft organ and the new cathedral with its Harrison organ and concluding with the conference dinner in the Selwyn Library.

Monday 2 October: Organs in Auckland and suburbs south of the harbour

Tuesday 3 October: Boat trip to Devonport with organs north of the harbour

Wednesday 4 October: Bus trip to Rotorua via Hamilton and Cambridge

Thursday 5 October: Return to Auckland following sight seeing in Rotorua via Te Aroha and Thames. Evening silent movie with Wurlitzer accompaniment.

St Alban's Anglican Church, Balmoral, Auckland -
two manual Henry Jones 1884

A special focus was the organs of the noted New Zealand builder George Croft, which were discussed by Dr Ron Newton, and then visited over the ensuing days. Also seen was the wonderful harbourside setting of Auckland, the expansive countryside to the south, the historic town of Rotorua, with its geo-thermal areas, and Thames, at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Several papers on organs and buildings by authorities such as Dr Ron Newton, John Hargraves, Bruce Petry, Alan Buchan and John Maidment were given, together with recitals by prominent local musicians including John Wells, James Tibbles, Eugene Lavery, Stephen Beech, Rachel Griffiths and Ron Clarke.

St Mark's Anglican Church, Te Aroha - remnants of 17th century
English organ rebuilt Croft 1985

The programme included a mix of organ visits, recitals, lectures and visits to historic and scenic places. The organs visited included the work of builders who are not represented in Australia.

Restored 1779 John Avery organ at Ponsonby Baptist Church.

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