St Luke's Presbyterian Church

Lord Street, Roseville

B. 1952 S.T. Noad & Son. Reb. & enl. for new church building 1966 S.T. Noad & Son
2m., 16 sp.st., 8c., el.pn. Gt: 8.8.8.4.2-2/3.2. Sw: 8.8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2.8. Ped: 16.16.

 






 

The current specification (noted by Dr Brett McKern July 2016) is:

Great
Open Diapason
Hohl Flute 8'
Dulciana
Principal
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Great Octave
Swell Octave to Great
Swell to Great
Swell Sub to Great

Swell
Open Diapason
Lieblick Gedact
Gamba
Gemshorn
Flute
Nazard
Octave
Oboe
Tremulant
Swell Sub Octave
Swell Octave

Pedal
Bourdon
Echo Bourdon
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

8
8
8
4
2-2/3
2






8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
8





16
16






A
A
A







B


B








C
C


   

3 Pistons to Great
3 Pistons to Swell (2 and 3 inoperable)
Great to pedal reverser toe stud

 

Paper on the history of the organ

by Bill Fraser (4 February 2019)




The organ in the orginal church (Photo: Bill Fraser)

 

The original 2 manual organ was built by S.T. Noad and Son of Concord and installed in the former church within distinctive cases, built by Messrs. McPherson and Davies of Merrylands on both sides of the sanctuary. It was dedicated by the NSW Moderator General as the Marion Wilkinson Memorial Pipe Organ during worship on Saturday 15th November 1952. The anthem was Come, let us join our cheerful songs, by Churchill. An inaugural organ recital was given the same evening by Mr. A.J. Land, organist and choirmaster of St. Paul's Church of England, Redfern, with a combined choir of both churches providing choral items with Mr. Reg. Turnbull, Tenor vocalist. Church members later told me of delays experienced in acquisition due to difficulties in obtaining materials after the World War 2. The organ consisted of three customary departments, Swell Organ, Great Organ and Pedal Organ.

I was appointed Organist and Choirmaster in April 1965 at the age of 21 succeeding longstanding organist Mr. George W. Davis and commenced on Sunday 9th May officiating on the organ in the original church. The organ, was blown by a single phase blower which failed on Sunday morning 16 May and had to be hastily repaired.

The Specification was:

Great
Open Diapason
Hohl Flute
Dulciana

Swell
Lieblich Gedact
Gamba
Oboe

Pedal
Bourdon

Couplers
Swell Octave
Swell Sub Octave
Swell Octave to Great
Swell to Great
Great Octave
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Tremulant

8
8
8


8
8
8


16










   

The foundation stone for a new church adjacent to the old was laid on Saturday 26 February 1966 at 3.00pm. The choir sang And the Glory of the Lord, from Handel's Messiah. On Sunday 19 June 1966 at 3.00pm, a "final" organ and choir recital was held in the church prior to dismantling of the organ and substitution of a harmonium in the interim period while the organ was enlarged and transferred to the new church. Again, the pipes were placed either side of the gallery, the pipe fronts with metal Diapason pipes on one side and the wooden Bourdon tubes opposite were designed in consultation with the church architect. A Gemshorn 4', extended to 2' pitch was added to the Swell, with an Open Diapason 8' and the Gedact extended to 4' and 2 2/3'. An additional Principal 4' rank was added to the Great, extended to 2 2/3' and 2'. A Swell Sub to Great coupler, previously missing, was added. Three thumb Pistons were provided to the Swell and Great.

An Echo Bourdon was added to the Pedal which operated from the existing Bourdon by including a small additional reservoir with a ventil to supply wind at a lower pressure. This was my suggestion as the Bourdon was quite strong and this successfully provided a softer shading. I tried to persuade the Church Committee to include further additions, but this was declined due to limited finance. A new silent blower was also installed.

The organ was first played at the opening celebration of the new church on Saturday October 22, 1966 at 3.00pm. A prelude recital was requested from 2.15pm and I played works by Harwood, Oldroyd, Stanford, Thiman, W.S. Lloyd Webber and Wolstenholme. The Choir sang Praise by Alec Rowley. During the service, comments were made about the prominent sound of the organ and this may have been the case as I endeavoured to showcase the new improvements amid the superb acoustics of the building.

The next day Sunday, the organ was used for the customary three services at 9.30am, 11.00am and 7.15pm. At the 9.30 service, Mrs. Elaine Crook sang Come unto Me from Handel's Messiah. At the 11.00am the choir sang Jackson's Te Deum. In the evening, Ms. Andrea Whittaker sang Rejoice Greatly from Handel's Messiah, and the choir sang Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing by Thiman.

I later offered to organise an inaugural organ recital in the new church to match a final one in the old, and this was initially advertised. However the Kirk Session subsequently resolved to defer this to a future date.

I ceased playing at St. Luke's in August 1967 and in March 1968, commenced playing at Artarmon Presbyterian Church, where I was appointed joint organist on the pleasant 3 rank Noad Instrument.












Photos:  Dr Brett McKern (July 2016)