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Help ensure the future of Music and Worship in Paddington.
The current electronic organ, which was purchased second-hand, has been servicing our parish for well over twenty years and needs replacing.
The new organ in St Francis, Paddington will be a digital pipe organ.
Instead of actual pipes, the computerised instrument produces sounds recorded from some of the greatest and most historic organs in the world.
Every single pipe of these world-class instruments has been recorded and stored in the new instrument’s computer. It is reproduced accurately and faithfully.
This process uses software known as ‘Hauptwerk’.
The organ is being built by an Australian firm, Virtual Organs Australia.
Unlike pipe organs, this digital organ will not be affected by temperature changes. It will not go out of tune, and it does not require costly regular tuning maintenance.
Famous organs will be played – beginning with Salisbury (1877) and Hereford Cathedrals (built by the renowned English builder Henry Willis).
Salisbury Cathedral Organ
|The 1885 French organ of St Etienne Abbey in Caen, built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll||The Krzeszow organ in Poland; built by Michael Engler|
|The 1775 organ of the Basilica Sainte-Marie Madeleine, St Maximin, Provence; built by Friar Jean-Esprit Isnard||The 20th century Martinikerk organ in Doesburg, Netherlands, built by Walcker|
|The 1721 organ of St Michael Zwolle 1721 built by Arp Schnitger|
All the organs listed above will be loaded into the console of the organ at St Francis.
In addition, a cembalo (harpsichord) built after the 1624 Johannes Ruckers model (which is kept in the Musée Unterlinden will also be loaded into the St Francis Organ:The St Francis Organ Console will consist of 4 keyboards with 61 notes on each plus 32 notes played by the feet on a pedal keyboard.There will be 108 stops to a specification drawn up by the organist designed specifically to meet the requirements of the music in St Francis. This includes accompanying St Francis’ Choir, leading the congregation in singing all parts of the Mass and providing suitable organ music before and after Mass as well as for Weddings, Funerals and special festive occasions at Christmas and Easter.
This specification will provide a vast range of tonal colour, including many stops imitating instruments of the symphony orchestra.
If you would like more information about the New Organ for St Francis, please contact:
The Director of Music: Noel Debien 0417 291 388
The Organist: Bransby Byrne 0400 447 496 or email
If you would like to donate any one of the options listed, cheques (to be made payable to Paddington Parish Church Account) or cash donations, can be given to
The Parish Priest of St Francis, Fr Paul Ghanem ofm 02 9331 4043
Cash transfers (clearly marked “Digital organ donation”) may be made by computer into the Paddington Parish Church Account:
Account No: 8025001