Fundraising towards the cost of restoring the organ. This is a massive project costing $60000.
Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty
In August this year, the organ at St. Luke’s Rotorua is to undergo its “50-year servicing”.
With the support of the 1974 Vestry, an organ fund was set up to facilitate a quality pipe organ for church and community. This was achieved through the generosity of the community and parishioners.
The organ of neo baroque design was built by George Croft & Son, of Auckland, under the skilful direction of Mr Ken Aplin. The organ was installed in September 1979 and dedicated by the Right Reverend Ralph Matthews, Bishop of Waiapu on St. Luke’s Day 1979. Over the years, internationally acclaimed organists from Germany, USA, Finland, Italy, Belgium and New Zealand have visited to play this special instrument. John Wells has also recorded two CD’s on the instrument.
In 1987 the church was extended, and the organ was moved from the west to the south wall. In 2001 the shutters for the positive organ were changed to be more suitable for choir accompaniment. At the same time two new stops were added and the casework modified.
The organ has stood up well to the toxic atmosphere in Rotorua, but attention is needed to ensure that the organ remains in recital condition for many years to come. A bound organ book records the people and organisations whose vision and generosity made this organ possible.
St Luke's Church Rotorua is part of the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu.
The church holds one of NZ's finest organs that was built over 50 years ago and needs to be restored for future generations to use.
All funds received will go towards the cost of restoring the organ. This is a massive project costing in excess of $60000.
Funding update. 20 October 2023
We now sit at 30% of our funding target for this organ, we have managed to raise $25,000 via direct donations to the church and this give a little page. We are still a long way off our target goal of $65000. Please share this page with other fellow organ lovers. Share that Martin Setchell is coming to play on the 5 November 2.30pm. Tickets at the door $20. We need to fill the church to help fund our organ Maintenace.
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