Knox Grammar School Chapel
Uniting (formerly Presbyterian) Church School
Pacific Highway, Wahroonga

Ronald Sharp 1965






From SOJ September 1976, February/March 1984:

Knox Grammar School is a Uniting Church School with about 1,200 enrolments. It has a strong commitment to music and achieves a very high standard in this area. The fine Ronald Sharp organ in the War Memorial Chapel is well known throughout Australia and the world through recordings (Peter Hurford) and broadcasts. Although preceded by a number of small Walcker organs, this instrument has the distinction of being the first major modern mechanical action organ in the country. Although unorthodox in some tonal and mechanical aspects, this instrument is one of great musical beauty. Built largely in the early 1960s, Ronald Sharp later completed the organ with the addition of all the prepared-for reed stops.

The specification is:

Hauptwerk
Prinzipal
Rohrflöte
Prestant
Spitzflöte
Nasat
Oktav
Mixtur
Cymbel
Dulzian
Trompete
Trompete

Brustwerk
Gedackt
Rohrpfeife
Prinzipal
Blockflöte
Quint
Sifflöte
Sesquiltera
Scharff
Rankett
Regale

Recit
Cornet

Pedal
Subbass
Prestant
Oktav
Nachthorn
Mixtur
Posaune
Trompete
Schalmey
Kornett

8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
IV
III
16
8
4


8
4
2
2
1-1/3
1
II
III
16
8


V


16
8
4
2
IV
16
8
4
2


























middle C to top G - 32 notes










en chamade


Brustwerk - Pedal coupler
Mechanical action
Tremulant to the whole organ
Cymbelstern
Compass 56/30
Wind pressures 60mm
Folding doors to Brustwerk











5 photos above:  David Tagg (November 2009)









Photos: Donn Mendoza (Oct 2009)