gsc1

 

Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd

Singapore, Singapore

Builder: Bevington & Sons/ Diego Cera Organbuilders

Year: 1912/2016

 

 

 

Surveyed: 2017

Status: Playable

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. 0


 

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

Built from 1844-1847, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore. It is the seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Singapore. In 1973, it was designated a national monument of Singapore by the National Heritage Board. In November of 2016, the Cathedral completed a three-year building restoration.

The Organ

The choir loft organ was built in August 1912 by Bevington & Sons (1794 - 1955), one of the oldest pipe organ builders in London, at a cost of £5894.61. The two-manual organ was dedicated on 20th October 1912, 4.30pm by His Lordship Right Rev Emile Barillon Bishop of Malacca. In 1984, the organ was restored by Robert Navaratnam and subsequently re-dedicated on 17th December 1984 by Rev. Fr. Robert Balhetchet.

In November 2016, the organ finished a complete restoration by Diego Cera, an organ building company based in the Philippines and led by Cealwyn Tagle. The 28 rank organ uses tracker action and is also playable via a remote console in the south transept. IMG_3664

 


 

Technical Specifications (1912-1984)

Stoplist

Great (56 notes)

Open Diapason 8’

Violin Diapason 8’

Dulciana

Hohl Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Lieblichflote

Gemshorn

 

Swell (56 notes)

Geigen

Gedacht

Viole d’orchestre

Celeste

Gemshorn

Harmonic Flute 4’

Flautina

Cornopean

 

Pedal (30 notes)

Bourdon 16’

Bass Flute 8’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couplers 

Swell To Great

Great to Pedal

Swell to Pedal

 

Accessories

 Generals:

Thumb pistons

 Swell Pedal

 

 

 

Technical Specifications (1984-2013)

Stoplist

Great

Open Diapason 8’

Violin Diapason 8’

Dulciana

Hohl Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Lieblich Flute 4’

Gemshorn

Mixture III

Krummhorn

Vogelsesang

Glockenspiel (f-g”)

Swell (Enclosed)

Geigen

Gedeckt

Viole d’orchestre

Celeste 8’

Gemshorn

Harmonic Flute 4’

Rohrquinte 2 2/3’

Flautina

Terz 1 3/5’

Cymbel III

Oboe 8’

Trompete

Cornopean

 

Pedal

Bourdon 16’

Bass Flute 8’

Bombarde 16’

Trompete

Trompete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couplers 

Swell to Great

Great to Pedal

Swell to Pedal

Swell Octave to Great

Swell Octave to Swell

 

Accessories

Tremulant

 

 

 

Technical Specifications (2016 – Present)

Stoplist

Great

Open Diapason 8’

Violin Diapason 8’

Dulciana

Hohl Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Lieblich Flute 4’

Gemshorn

Sesquialtera II

Full Mixture IV

Cromorne

Trompete

Nightingale

Swell (Enclosed)

Geigen

Viole d’orchestre

Celeste 8’

Gedeckt

Gemshorn

Harmonic Flute 4’

Twelfth 2 2/3’

Flautina

Terz 1 3/5’

Mixture III

Oboe 8’

Cornopean

Tremulant

Pedal

Double Diapason 16’

Bourdon 16’

Open Bass 8’

Bass Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Contra Bombarde 16’

Trombone 8’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couplers 

Swell To Great

Great to Pedal

Swell to Pedal

 

Accessories

 Generals:

Thumb pistons

 Swell Pedal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures

(Click To Enlarge)

 

 

 

IMG_8196  IMG_8192  IMG_8189  IMG_8199

gsc1

 

 

 

Photos: Courtesy of Ong Te-min

Articles Contribution: Ong Te-Min, Julian Tay, Robert Navaratnam

References:

Straits Times article – Hark, the pipe organ in all its glory (12 Feb 2017) http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/hark-the-pipe-organ-in-all-its-glory

Organs in Asia, by James Welch, The American Organist article July 1988

 

Used with permission