Congress 2018 is over and it was great! This information remains for historic interest.

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Venue codes HTC=Holy Trinity Cathedral; StM = St Mary's in Holy Trinity; BSC=Bishop Selwyn Chapel; BMVC=Bishop Monteith Visitor's Centre; TH=Auckland Town Hall;  T.B.C. = to be confirmed

Note there have been a few programme changes from that previously advertised. Programme is current at time of editing (29 May 2018) but we are in a dynamic venue, and so a few locations may change.

Friday 1 June

5:30pmRegistration  opensBMVC

Registration desk opens in the Bishop Monteith Visitors Centre

6:30pmLight mealBMVC

Mix & mingle over finger food

7:30pmCongress Opening & Concert "Bach and Beyond"BSC

Bishop Ross Bay opens the congress; then baroque chamber music presented by Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord & organ) with Martin Griffiths (cello) , Celia & Matilda Griffiths (violins). Music by J.S. Bach, J.C.F Bach and W.A. Mozart and others. See concert information on Facebook.


Saturday 2 June

9:00amFrench Organ IntrigueBSC

Philip Smith separates the truth from the propaganda in wartime France.

10:30amMorning TeaUndercroft (T.B.C.)

11:00amVisit to St Patrick's CathedralSt Patrick's

A bus will convey us from Holy Trinity Cathedral to the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph in central Auckland.   The organ is built in a neo-baroque with tracker action and has a commanding position high in the gallery. This will be demonstrated by James Tibbles, Director of Music at the cathedral and noted early music specialist.

Unfortunately the activity previously advertised for this time has had to be cancelled.

12:30pmLunchListon Hall

Lunch will be served in Liston Hall, adjacent to St Patricks.

1:30 pmVisit to MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology)

We board the bus again and head to MOTAT 1, where you can look around to your heart's content, Then when you are ready, ride the tram to MOTAT 2 and look at the aircraft. The bus will then return to Holy Trinity.  See for the many attractions you can see.

6 pmDinnerBMVC

7 pmThe organs of Holy Trinity and St Mary'sSt Mary's & HTC

A brief recital by Michael Stoddart on the organ in St Marys; and then Simon Pierce shares his inside knowledge of the recently refurbished George Croft organ in St Mary's. We then move into the Cathedral and Philip Smith with demonstrate and talk about the new Nicholson organ in Holy Trinity.


Sunday 3 June

In the morning you have free time to explore Auckland, or perhaps attend the church service of your choice. We suggest 10am at St Matthew-in-the-City, an inclusive Anglican church in the centre of town.

Paul Chan, Director of Music at St Matthew's, invites all comers to join the choir - no costumes required, just come and sing. Choir practice starts at 9am in the church, see bottom of this page for the music.

Then have lunch with family or friends, or try out a local eatery in the city or Parnell.

Whatever you do, be back in Parnell in time for...

2 pmFestival Organ Concert - Peter WrightHTC

A wide-ranging recital of solo organ works, showcasing the pipe organ in New Zealand in a diversity of moods, periods, styles and colours. Including Louis Vierne's fourth organ symphony, itself encompassing the sublime and the spectacular.

Please tell friends and family about this concert - full details on this programme are at EventFinda website

4 pmAfternoon TeaBMVC

4 pmNZOPT MeetingOaks Room

Members of the New Zealand Organ Preservation Trust hold their Annual General Meeting

5 pmChoir rehearsalSt Mary's

Join in and run through the music for the Vespers service - all music is easy to learn, see list.

5:30 pm"Variations on Vespers" ServiceSt Mary's

An unusual take on the "Vespers" liturgy with readings you might not expect! Choirmaster Peter Wright, accompanist Paul Chan (organ), organ pre/inter/postludes Stephen Vincent.

6:15 pmFree time

Time to nip back to your accommodation or get changed for dinner at the Cathedral. If you would like to purchase drinks for dinner, there are several outlets nearby.

6:45 pmPre-dinner DrinksSelwyn Library

Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks included in Congress fee

7:30 pmCongress DinnerSelwyn Library

A gala dinner in the beautiful and historic Selwyn Library (1861). After-dinner speaker Peter Wright.

BYO - there will be no cash bar at the venue.

Monday 4 June

8:30 amBook Launch, South Island Organ CompanyAuckland Town Hall

9 amDesigning a Concert Organ - the Town Hall storyAuckland Town Hall

Dr Indra Hughes will demonstrate the versatility and subtlety of the 2010 Klais pipe organ, and explain how its specification was decided upon.

10:30 amBus to HTC and Morning teaHTC

11:15 amNZOA Organ Performance CompetitionSt Mary's

12:30 pmNZOA Annual General MeetingSt Mary's

1 pmLunch & Close of CongressBMVC


2 pmOrgan visits & Console timeVarious

Your opportunity to view and to play significant organs in central Auckland, some which are not normally available.

  • Holy Trinity Cathedral (Nicholson,2017)
  • St Mary's in Holy Trinity (Croft 1904 / Pierce 2017)
  • Auckland Town Hall (Klais, 2010)
  • St Matthew-in-the-City (Willis, 2011)
  • Ponsonby Baptist Church (John Avery, 1779)


St Matthew's Sunday Music

Special   Psalm 81 H. Statham (1889-1973)   ( youtube link )
Anthem   O sing joyfully Adrian Batten (1591-1637)  (youtube link)
Communion   Blessing David Hamilton (b. 1955)
Communion   E te Atua Trad. Arr. Bray (b. )
Communion   A le Agaga o le Atua W. Phelps (b. )
View sheet music here

Variations on Vespers choral list

Litany to the Holy Spirit - Peter Hurford (b. 1930)
Psalm 23 - Dominus Regit Me - Tone VIII
Magnificat Setting in C Minor - George Dyson (1883-1964)
Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing - Alan Ridout (1934-1996)

plus some hymns.

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