The Pipe Organ in China Project Website: Updates for February 2021

27 February 2021

Minor updates have been made to the Errata list for Keys to the Kingdom.

As mentioned briefly in the December updates, The Project can now confirm that the new organ for the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola at Zikawei (Xujiahui), Shanghai, is tentatively scheduled for installation later this year, pending travel restrictions and other unknown quantities due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. This instrument will be a successor to the Walker organ (SHA1883a) originally installed in Holy Trinity Cathedral, renovated and moved in 1925 by Harrison and Harrison to the Zikawei church.

The new III/34 organ will be built by Diego Cera Organ Builders, Las Piñas, Philippines. The organ, spread over three side of the gallery, will have solid state electric action, and slider windchests with electric pulldowns. Below is a photograph, taken by Prof. Urrows in April 1990, of the organ gallery following the reopening of the cathedral after the Cultural Revolution. The two CAD images show the design for the new organ, and are presented here by permission of Diego Cera Organ Builders.

In other news, C.B. Fisk has announced contracts for two pipe organs to be built in a new building of Hong Kong Baptist University (where The Project was founded in 1989). The larger recital instrument will be a III/33 organ, and the practice organ will be III/7. Completion is presently scheduled for 2024. Further details are available here:

Organs in the Census: 193

One year-to-date hits: 13,113

Hits since launch (June 2108): 26,350

Zikawei, Cathedral of St. Ignatius, Easter Sunday, 1990. Looking eastwards towards the organ gallery.

CAD design by Diego Cera Organ Builders for the III/34 organ in St. Ignatius, Zikawei. Used by permission.

Isometric view of the planned new organ, Zikawei. Used by permission.