December 17, 2010

St Stephen’s chapel, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane

This organ uses some parts of the Fincham Chamber organ which was known around Brisbane as ‘the Liturgical Organ’. It was decided to permantly house the organ in this chapel and to rebuild it to suit. The soundboard was cut down and all the foot-holes reworked. New pallets, keys, wind […]
December 17, 2010

St Stephen’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Brisbane

This organ was built by Knud Smenge of Melbourne in 2000. It is his Opus 50 and was the last major organ built by him. It has electric action with a moveable detached console. The case was designed by Robin Gibson. Robert Boughen was the consultant. This organ replaced the […]
December 17, 2010

St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane

The organ was originally built with pneumatic action in 1909 by Norman and Beard of Norwich with the specification drawn up by the cathedral organist, George Sampson. At that time it was designed to hold 50 speaking ranks although some were prepared for, and a few added in 1912, 1914, […]
December 17, 2010

St. Andrew’s Uniting Church, Creek Street

St. Andrew’s Uniting Church, Creek Street This organ was originally built by W. G. Rendall in 1905. Frederick Ernst Ladegast was the foreman and his hand can be seen in the werkprinzip layout of the organ, with the Swell above the Great which is in turn above the unenclosed Choir. […]
December 14, 2010

Brisbane City Hall

This instrument was originally built by Henry Willis and Sons in England between 1891-2 and first erected in the Brisbane Exhibition Hall, Bowen Park.  At that time it had 4 manuals and 45 speaking stops, with tubular pneumatic action – a very advanced design for the period.  While the first […]
December 14, 2010

Ann Street Presbyterian Church, Brisbane

This historic church has undergone extensive renovation in recent years. After a long period of virtual silence the pipe organ is also undergoing restoration.. The pipework and soundboards of the 1903 Charles Richardson instrument are now fully restored and playing. The console has also been restored. The old-style trigger Swell box […]
December 14, 2010

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

This instrument was built by Johannes Klais of Bonn, Germany in 1986 (opened in 1987) for the Concert Hall designed by Brisbane architect, Robin Gibson. Robert Boughen O.B.E. was the consultant for the organ. This is a splendid example of a large modern eclectic concert hall organ with a large […]
December 14, 2010

Mayne Hall, The University of Queensland, St Lucia

For many years, the University of Queensland at St. Lucia suffered the lack of a multi-purpose concert hall, with most graduation ceremonies, large orations and other such events taking place at Brisbane City Hall.  In the 1970’s, Robin Gibson, the architect for many public buildings in Brisbane (most notably the […]
December 13, 2010

News: First Church of Christ Scientist in Brisbane

We have carried out maintenance work on the 1940 Whitehouse 3-manual organ in the First Church of Christ Scientist in Brisbane. The original Great and Swell action magnets were replaced after 70 years of service. The original cotton-covered wiring was also replaced with P.V.C. covered wiring. When the cotton and […]