2pm - 5pm St Stephen's, Willoughby
Ross Cobb (organ)
$5 and $2
Labour Day Organ Ramble
Glebe, Pyrmont and Annandale
Starting at 11.00am - $10
Intimation was given in the spring issue of The Sydney Organ Journal that there would be a Labour Day ramble. Here
it is! Arrangements for this ramble are the result of input by a number of people: principally Neil Cameron, Donn
Mendoza, Geoff Lloyd, Godelieve Ghavalas, Peter Meyer and Peter Jewkes. Details follow.
Cost for the day will be $10.
We are to visit three venues, viz.,
11.00 am Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church
Cnr. Johnston and Collins Streets, Annandale.
1.00 pm St Bede's Catholic Church
43 Pyrmont Street opp. Darling Island Road, Pyrmont.
Lunch (free!) will be provided upon arrival at this venue. We thank Darrell Pitchford for this kind initiative.
Ramblers are requested to contact Secretary Geoff Lloyd (preferably by email, or telephone 9476 1530), before
Friday, 1st October to ensure their inclusion in the catering.
3.30 pm St Scholastica's Convent Chapel
Avenue Road, Glebe.
We shall be seeking a writer or writers to ensure that the day is reported in the Journal. Will you consider stepping
Much of the information herein was gleaned from the internet, particularly the churches' websites as well as those of
OHTA and OMSS.
Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church
Cnr. Johnston and Collins Streets, Annandale
The Hunter Baillie Memorial Church, opened in 1889, was financed by Mrs Helen Hunter Baillie as a memorial to
her husband. John Hunter Baillie. The church's architect was Arthur Blacket, son of the famous colonial architect
Edmund Blacket. The building is constructed in early English Gothic style, albeit with a Scottish character. The
magnificent spire (the tallest in Sydney) reaches a height of sixty metres above street level.
The organ, installed in the church in 1892, is by William Hill & Son. It is of three manuals and pedals with twenty-
four stops. It has remained substantially unaltered despite the vicissitudes of fashion and the tastes and fancies of
interested parties which brought about various changes until the 1980s.
A former president of the society and music director/organist of the church, Ralph Lane OAM, will present a recital,
after which there will be an opportunity for ramblers to play.
St Bede's Catholic Church
43 Pyrmont Street opp. Darling Island Road, Pyrmont
The historic church (1870) of St Bede's is administered, these days, from St James' Parish, Forest Lodge. It is a
popular venue for weddings, being just across the road from the Sydney Casino.
Until recently, the tiny restored stone church had, in a small rear gallery, an organ (thirteen speaking stops –
extended) of the 1980s by Geoffrey Kendall. This organ has been broken up and Darrell Pitchford has replaced it
with a second hand Möller 'Artiste' organ from the USA. It is of four extended ranks of Open Diapason, Flute, String
Our visit to this venue will begin with the free lunch, courtesy of Darrell Pitchford. Remember to book lunch by 1st
After lunch Darrell will tell us about the 'new' organ. We have prevailed upon our Treasurer, Hugh Knight, then to
demonstrate the organ, after which there will be an open console session.
St Scholastica's Convent Chapel
Avenue Road, Glebe
The organ (2/16 electro-pneumatic) in St Scholastica's was built in 1931 by the Melbourne firm of Hill, Norman &
Beard (Aust), a daughter company of the English company of the same name, tracing its artistic ancestry to the reign
of William IV. St Scholastica's was amongst the first of the many instruments which the firm built and rebuilt.
In 1978 the organ was partially restored by Whitehouse Bros of Brisbane who added a second console in the transept
to facilitate congregational accompaniment. The organ is located in the west gallery in a very resonant chapel.
Unfortunately by the 1980s the organ required substantial repairs.
In 1987 the organ was restored by Peter D. G. Jewkes of Sydney. The worn-out electric action was renewed,
pipework cleaned and overhauled and the then-redundant gallery console discarded. Two new stops were added to
enhance the organ's liturgical role whilst ensuring that its original distinctive tone colours were preserved.
The Editor of The Sydney Organ Journal, Peter Meyer, will demonstrate the organ and our ramble will end with an
open console session.
We extend our thanks to the authorities of the various venues for enabling our visit. Thanks, too, to the players and a
special thanks, of course, to Darrell Pitchford. Who said there's no such thing as a free lunch?!
Hope to see you there.
Geoff Lloyd (Hon Sec)
1.10pm - 1.40pm - Sydney Conservatorium
Students of the Organ Studies Unit put the Pogson through its paces.
Enquiries 02 9351 1438
John Aitchison, Organist, Rose Bay Presbyterian
8 pm - ST AUGUSTINE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, EATON STREET, BALMAIN
The Sydney Consort will present a special organ recital by the
young and talented organist from Poland – Mr. Gedymin Grubba.
It will be a fantastic opportunity to experience the sound and
quality of the heritage pipe organ Hill & Son from 1886. This great
organ instrument of St Augustine's was previously installed in the
concert hall in Pitt Street. The instrument came to St Augustine's in
1912 and was reconditioned by Arthur Jones in 1966.
In the programme, works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Alexandre
Guilmant and Frederic Chopin in transcription of Gedymin
on: www.gedymin.org and www.sydneyconsort.com.au
Sydney Organ Competition - Junior and Intermediate Sections.
Adjudicator - Gedymin Grubba (Gdansk, Poland)
10.30am - Junior Section at Sydney Grammar School
2.00pm - (depending on the number of Junior competitors) - Intermediate Section
Pitt St Uniting Church
Please click here for more information.
5.00pm - 6.00pm 2MBS-FM Organ Music Society Radio Program 102.5MHz Program details
3.30pm Great Hall, Sydney University
Gedymin Grubba (Gdansk, Poland)
Chopin and Friends
Carillon from 2pm.
Peter Meyer, Sydney
2 - 3pm Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney
Organ Recital Series on 3rd Sundays
Organist - Christopher Wrench (Brisbane)
Enquiries: 0430 372 990
Admission Free - donations welcome
3pm - Rising Stars - Marko Sever (organ), Bernadette and Anna Hortense (sopranos)
St Finbar's, Glenbrook
Robert Ampt, City of Sydney Organist