Music plays a very important role at the Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist in Gordon, NSW, Australia.
All Sunday services at St John’s are sung:
- 8.00am Holy Communion: sung by the 8am Singers
- 9.30am Sung Eucharist: sung by The St John’s Parish Choir
- 4.00pm Evensong (2nd Sunday of month, March-November): sung by various choirs
St John’s encourages good music in liturgy. Music is a gift from God and as we offer it back to God in worship, we offer God only the best humankind can produce. We hope you will join us in worship and concert at St John’s.
The new organ at St John’s Anglican Church, Gordon was built by the South Island Organ Company (New Zealand) and Stage 1 (chancel section) was completed in 2019.Stage 1 comprises 2056 individual pipes ranging in length from 5 metres to just a few centimetres. These are arranged in 31 ranks (or sets) of pipes. This means it is not a large organ. In fact the North Shore includes larger instruments at North Sydney, Pymble and Lindfield; but the clever design of the St John’s organ enables musical flexibility and gives the feel and sound of a much larger instrument than it really is. It is achieved with organ building techniques called extensions and duplications, resulting in an instrument of four manuals (keyboards) and 55 sounding stops. This will enable it to play both traditional parish music in addition to some of the more complicated examples of choral accompaniment and organ repertoire.
The new South Island Organ Company organ at St John’s uses mostly historic pipework made by organ builders Norman & Beard, and the later Hill, Norman & Beard between 1907 and 1935, but there is one rank of new pipes which is a copy of contemporaneous pipes. Twelve pipes were retained from the previous St John’s organ. The organ has fourteen separate chests (that house the pipes and supply them their air), and five reservoirs (that keep the air under various pressures). The blower (wind-providing motor) is housed outside the church building and is capable of providing 12 horse-power of energy.
Stage 2 comprises restoration of the Rendall organ to its original smaller configuration as an antiphonal west gallery division. Recently, the 90-year-old Rendall organ was removed from the church to storage. To donate to the organ project, see http://stjohnsgordon.org.au/st-johns-music-association/