Good to read that the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has decided that they will, after all, come to the party and return to the Town Hall. It is, indeed, an "outburst of common sense". Read full article in The Press
Coming to the party
Town Hall organ on Pipe Dreams
The inimitable Pipedreams radio programme chaired, presented, and no doubt researched by Michael Barone is presenting this week's programme on that ever-so English tradition of Town Halls. As Michael writes: "…the tradition of grand pipe organs in civic halls seems to have been an English invention, one carried on successfully throughout the Empire and still maintained…and emulated…today."
It is divided into 2 one-hour programmes, and Michael begins the second hour with some tracks from Martin Setchell's Priory CD "Great Australasian Organs VII" recorded on the Christchurch Rieger. The new Klais in Auckland and Dunedin's Norma also appear.
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Update on repairs - and a competition
The good news is that work on the town hall repairs is progressing well, and according to project manager, Patrick Cantillon, workers will install their first jet grout column soon. Whoopppeeee! Anyone know what a jet grout column is? I'll ask Patrick next time I'm talking to him.
For more info and pictures look at the latest newsletter here.
And while you're at it, check out the competition for October, where you can go in the draw to win a lovely organs of the world calendar for 2016.
When I can, I'll add important stuff.