June 29, 2020

Small Organs : A Perspective – Part One

Quick! Think of an organ. What do you think of? Brisbane City Hall?  Sydney Town Hall?  Westminster Abbey? Generally, we tend to associate the pipe organ with large instruments. The Dutch built their large organs in the Seventeenth Century as a matter of civic pride, some even celebrating successful naval […]
June 29, 2020

Small Organs : A Perspective – Part Two

In the first part of this article we delved into the world of the small organ being a mechanical entity. We looked at the soundboards, action, winding and scaling that differentiate the small organ from its larger brethren. In other words, it was a tour about the technical philosophy of […]
June 29, 2020

The Big Debate – Pipe Organ or Electronic?

There is always the question as to what is the difference between a pipe organ and an electronic organ. Is an electronic organ simply cheaper than a pipe organ but capable of producing the same sounds and doing the same work? I am often asked whether it is good stewardship […]
June 30, 2020

William Pierce Thesis

ORGAN BUILDING IN NEW SOUTH WALES BETWEEN 1850 and 1900. A project submitted as part of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the Department of Music, University of Sydney. WILLIAM PIERCE SYDNEY, 1953 PAGE 1 This project on organ building in New South Wales between […]