A New Organ for St Francis

Become an organ donor: sponsor parts without losing any yourself!

Help ensure the future of Music and Worship in Paddington.

image001The 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’. image003

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:image007The 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.

An example of a similar organ to be installed in St Francis

You might like to donate one of the following parts of the organ, perhaps in memory of a loved one, and have their name written on the memorial board for special intentions, which will be located on the new console:

Organ Parts

Contra Open Wood (the lowest quiet stop on the pedal keyboard which gently rumbles) $5,000
Pedal Keyboard (large keyboard on the floor played by the feet) $5,000
Bourdon (a very deep soft flute stop played by the feet on the Pedal Organ) $4,000
Contra Bombarde (the deepest and loudest pedal stop) $3,500
Trompette en chamade (on a pipe organ these pipes are placed horizontally and are used for fanfares $3,500
Bass Flute (a deep soft flute stop played by the feet on the Pedal Organ) $3,000
Tuba (the most powerful organ stop)  $3,000
Tromba (a loud reed stop, midway between the Trumpet and the Tuba – “smoother, broader and less brassy than the Trumpet”) $3,000
Ophicleide (a deep and loud pedal stop) $3,000
Choir Organ Keyboard (lowest keyboard) $2,000
Great Organ Keyboard (second from bottom keyboard) $2,000
Swell Organ Keyboard (second from top keyboard) $2,000
Solo Organ Keyboard (top keyboard) $2,000
Left-hand Touch-Screen (for accessing imported Overseas Organs) $2,000
Right-hand Touch-Screen (for accessing imported Overseas Organs) $2,000


“The quintessential tone of the pipe organ”
“Every pipe organ worthy of the name contains at least one”
St Francis’ organ will contain 10!

Diapason (English) $1,500
Montre (French) $1,500
Prinzipal (German) $1,500
Trumpet (a loud stop used with the full organ) $1,000
Oboe (a very useful stop both as a solo or used in ensemble with other stops) $1,000
Orchestral Oboe (a solo stop voiced to imitate the orchestral instrument) $1,000
Cromorne (this is one of the oldest organ stops, dating from the late 1400’s. A favourite on the classical French organ) $1,000
Cor Anglais (the tone is described as rich, round, plaintive and somber.) $1,000
Clarinet (a most successful imitation of the orchestral instrument) $1,000
Corno di Bassetto (this stop was first made in Germany in 1770!!  The tone is   described as fuller and richer than the Clarinet. An example of this stop is found on the organ of the Royal Albert Hall, London 1872 and also on Sydney Town Hall organ 1886) $1,000
Octave Flute (a higher soft stop played by the feet on the Pedal Organ) $1,000
Vox Humana (aka “the human voice” being one of the oldest organ stops dating     The Voix Humaine was a standard voice in the Grand Orgue division of the French Classic organ.   back as far as the 1500’s) $1,000
Harmonic Clarion (a higher sounding loud trumpet used with the full organ) $1,000
Trompette (a moderately loud trumpet stop) $1,000
Double Diapason (sounding 1 octave lower) $750
Double Duciana (a deep and gentle string tone) $750
Rohr Flöte (partly closed pipes, with a stopper at the top of each pipe and    pierced by a thin tube.) $750
Waldflöte (wood flute – a strong hollow tone) (This type of stop dates from 1600) $750
Suabe Flute (soft flute stop invented by William Hill of London who built the organ in Sydney Town Hall) $750
Lieblich Flute (means ‘lovely’ flute – gentle tone) $750
Flageolet (a soft piccolo, like a recorder) $750
Blockflöte (like a loud recorder, high pitch) $750
Harmonic Flute (a loud solo stop) $500
Concert Flute (a loud solo stop) $500
Harmonic Piccolo (a loud stop imitating the orchestral piccolo) $500
Dulciana (a soft, gentle and delicate string tone, often used to accompany quiet vocal passages)  $500
Gemshorn (an instrument of the ocarina family that was historically made from the horn of a chamois, goat, or other suitable animal) $500
Voix Celeste (a very quiet string tone) $500
Stop Knobs (each) $100


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

email: enquiries@stfrancis-stjoseph.com

Cash transfers (clearly marked “Digital organ donation”) may be made by computer into the Paddington Parish Church Account:

BSB: 062-784

Account No: 8025001