31st Annual Conference
Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and the Victorian Goldfields Region, Victoria
Monday 29th September - Saturday 4th October, 2008
The 2008 OHTA annual conference took place in Victoria, based in Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and the Victorian Goldfields. The theme of the conference was the technical documentation of significant pipe organs and how this information can be used to facilitate accurate restoration and reconstruction.
The keynote speaker was Paul Peeters, from Gothenburg, Sweden, the president of the International Association for Organ Documentation. A number of other papers followed the documentation topic.
Major recitals took place given by James Tibbles (Auckland), Peter Jewkes (Sydney) and Elmo Cosentini (Vienna). All the organs being visited were comprehensively demonstrated in shorter recitals. There were visits to notable organs by the local builders Anderson, Fincham, Fuller, Hill, Norman & Beard, Lemke and Stone, and the overseas builders Bishop, Hamlin, Hill, Merklin, Randebrock, Willis, Wurlitzer - and anon.
Four one-hour solo organ concerts took place, as follows:
Monday 29 September, 11.00 am, at St Mary’s Star-of-the-Sea Church, corner Howard & Victoria Streets, West Melbourne. James Tibbles, a leading player from Auckland, New Zealand, played works by Franck, Gigout and Widor on the 1898-1900 George Fincham organ.
Monday 29 September, 5.00 pm, at Christ Church, Acland Street, St Kilda. Sam Allchurch, leading young organist, was to play works by Buxtehude, Bach, Reger, Messiaen, Howells and Elgar on the 1859 Hill & Son organ, just restored. [This recital was cancelled as the organ's restoration was not yet complete and the recital was replaced with a talk about the organ's restoration.]
Wednesday 1 October, at 9.00 am, at the Memorial Hall, Scotch College, Morrison Street, Hawthorn. Peter Jewkes, leading Sydney organist and gifted organbuilder, played works by Karg-Elert, Saint-Saëns, Whitlock, Hollins, Wolstenholme and Dubois on the 1930 Hill, Norman & Beard organ.
Friday 3 October, at 5.00 pm, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, corner Mackenzie & Wattle Streets, Bendigo. Elmo Cosentini, leading organist from Austria, played works by Pierné, Vierne, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Haydn on the 1906 Bishop & Son organ and the smaller organs in the transept and nave.
Members of the public were most welcome to attend these recitals.
Group shot of those who attended the conference standing outside the Assembly Hall, Scotch College
(Simon Colvin 1/10/08)
Please click on the brown links below for specifications, histories
and photos of the selected churches and organs.
Monday 29 September
|St Mary Star-of-the-Sea Catholic Church
George Fincham, 1898-1900
3 manuals, 38 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Restored 1992-1993 South Island Organ Company, Timaru, New Zealand
This is the largest indigenously built organ to survive intact
|Presbyterian Church, St Kilda
Fincham & Hobday 1892; reb 1955 George Fincham & Sons.
3 manuals, 31 speaking stops, 10 couplers, electro-pneumatic action
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St Kilda
|Christ Church Anglican Church, St Kilda
Hill & Son 1859, reb. Meadway & Slatterie 1916
3 manuals, 26 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action
Tuesday 30 September
|St Patrick's Catholic Church, Mentone
Frederick W. Nicholson, Bradford, 1862;
built for Independent Church, Prahran, Victoria
Rebuilt & installed 1999 Pipe Organ Reconstructions with
second duplicate case and new console
2 manuals, 24 speaking stops, 5 couplers, electro-pneumatic action
|St Peter’s Lutheran, Frankston,
84 Karingal Drive (shared building).
B c1885 Daniel Lemke for Immanuel Lutheran Church, Light Pass, SA;
res & inst 1963 Davis & Laurie St Peter's Anglican Church, Murrumbeena;
inst 1971 St Peter's Lutheran Church, Derna Crescent, Frankston, Laurie Pipe Organs.
Inst. present loc 2002 Laurie Pipe Organs.
1 manuals, 4 speaking stops, no pedals, foot-blown, tracker action, Man: 188.8.131.52.
|St John-the-Evangelist Anglican Church, Flinders
Unknown builder (poss. William Anderson 1874)
inst present loc. 2005 from Elsternwick Baptist Church
1 manual, 9 speaking stops, 1 coupler, mechanical action
|St John's Anglican Church, Sorrento
1 manual, 8 speaking stops, 1 coupler, mechanical action
Rest.1964 Davis & Laurie, 1980 R.J. Heatley
|St George-the-Martyr's Anglican Church, Queenscliff
George Fincham 1871, from St Philip's, then St Saviour's, Collingwood,
then St George's, Bentleigh
1 manual, 6 speaking stops, 1 coupler, mechanical action
Rest. 1999 Australian Pipe Organs
Wednesday 1 October
|Scotch College, Assembly Hall, Hawthorn
Organ removed from Assembly Hall (Scots Church), Sydney.
Hill, Norman & Beard 1929-30. Restored South Island Organ Co. and
Peter D G Jewkes (Sydney) 2004.
3 manuals, 50 speaking stops, 18 couplers, electro-pneumatic action
|Presbyterian Church, Hawthorn
Fincham & Hobday 1892, reb. & enl. 1923 Frederick Taylor
Res. 2001 - 2004 Wakeley Pipe Organs Pty Ltd
3 manuals, 26 speaking stops, tubular pneumatic action
|Sacre Coeur Convent Chapel, Glen Iris
Merklin & Cie, Paris & Lyon 1889, built for St Joseph's Convent,
Marseilles, France and installed at Glen Iris in 1905 by George Fincham & Son.
2 manuals, 10 speaking stops, tracker action, reversed console.
|Uniting (Methodist) Church, Box Hill
Henry Willis 1877, London; inst.W.L. Roberts 1929 from "Findon", Kew .
Res. 1969 Hill, Norman & Beard, and later by John Parker, Melbourne.
2 manuals, 17 speaking stops, 3 couplers, mechanical action
|The Avenue Uniting Church, Blackburn
William Stone 1879 for Congregational Church, St Kilda;
res & inst present loc 1973 members of congregation
2 manuals, 13 speaking stops, 3 couplers, mechanical action
Thursday 2 October
|Uniting (Methodist) Church, Daylesford
First organ, see: Clunes. Wesley College;
Second organ, see: Clunes. St Paul's Anglican Church.
Present organ, B 1888 William Anderson; ren 1979-80 Leighton Turner.
2 manuals, 14 speaking stops, 3 couplers, tracker action
|Christ Church Anglican Church, Daylesford
George Fincham 1871; renovated 1979 Leighton Turner.
2 manual, 12 speaking stops, 3 couplers, tracker action
|St Pauls' Anglican Church, Clunes
The organ was built by Hamlin & Son, 8 Brook Street,
Euston Road, London, around 1866.
2 manuals, 11 speaking stops, mechanical action
St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Talbot
B 1868 George Fincham for Christ Church, Warrnambool;
inst 1891 Congregational Church, Warrnambool;
inst Congregational (later Uniting) Church, Hughesdale 1940.
Oboe later replaced by Gamba at unknown date.
Sold to St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Talbot 2007.
Inst. Australian Pipe Organs 2008
1m, 8spst, 1c, tr. Man: 8 .8 divided.184.108.40.206.2. Ped: 16 perm on.
|St John’s Anglican Church, Dunolly
B. 1879 George Fincham, renovated 1979 Leighton Turner
2 manuals, 9 speaking stops, 3 couplers, tracker action
Friday 3 October
|Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo
2. Unknown builder, possibly F. Nicholson 1860s
3. Positiv organ: B Aug.Laukhuff, Weikersheim, Germany;
Saturday 4 October
|Uniting Church, Long Gully
Alfred Fuller, Kew, 1882
2 manuals, 15 speaking stops, mechanical action
Restored 1982 S.J. Laurie [SC]
|St Kilian's Catholic Church, Bendigo
R.A. Randebrock., of Paderborn, Germany, 1872
2 manuals, 25 speaking stops, mechanical action
Restored Bellsham Pipe Organs, of Perth, 1981-2
|'Brightwell' residence of Howard Terrill, Heathcote
(2) Wurlitzer Company 1928, North Tonawanda, NY (model H)