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The Christchurch
Town Hall organ

homepage

 

Day-by-day views of the installation of the Rieger pipe organ, Christchurch,
New Zealand, from January ~ May 1997


Welcome to the website of the Rieger
pipeorgan home
in the Christchurch Town Hall,
New Zealand


Click image above to view or see other videos here
 

Latest update: status of organs in Canterbury

Christopher Templeton from South Island Organ Company has updated the Canterbury earthquake organ casualty list. Sobering reading, but in many cases, some cheerful news. Christopher has organised the data into 3 files: by location, organ size and alphabetically. The files can be downloaded from here

Here are shots of the earthquake damage to our own organ.


JANUARY 2011

Twelve additional stops and an upgraded electronics system were among the changes being made to the organ, beginning January 2011. Follow the progress of Rieger Orgelbau's Kaspar Eiler and Dominik Maetzler in our slide-show on the Expansion page here


 

From the first packing crate to the end of the opening festivities we followed the naissance of the organ with video film, photographs and text. Updates were added almost daily so that others on the far side of the world could take part in this life-long dream of thousands. We hoped the simple text and small photos might also instruct a little, as well as bringing pleasure; but above all, this is a documentary, warts and all, of a major event in a community.
The photos and videos are copyright, so please contact me if you would like to use any.
Photographs and information from the beginning of the installation as shown by date:

 

January
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

February
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 10 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28

March
31         1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

 

April
Fine tuning...
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

May
The inaugural month!
    1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

To download a static 180° view of the Great, click here: (112KB -smaller file than before)
  You can view rare footage of the interior of the organ in "Pictures at An Exhibition", an arrangement of Mussorgsky's famous work, recorded by Martin Setchell, with pictures by Philip Trusttum, in a video/DVD that is now available (PAL multi-zone format) [More...]

To view a panoramic turning perspective of the interior of the organ, click here (821KB)
- the effect is as if you are standing right in the middle of the Great division, looking around you!!


For other division views go here


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