Census IDNBO2018
LocationNingbo, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
BuilderHinners, Op. 839
Note:Relocated from St. James's RC Church, Portsmouth, NH

The third relocated organ installed in a church in China, Hinners Op. 839 is a II/14 mechanical-action instrument originally built for a church in Schenectady, NY in 1908. In 1997 it was moved to St. James’s Roman Catholic Church, Portsmouth, NH, and renovated by Wissinger Organs.

With demolition of the New Hampshire church imminent, the organ was the gift of an interested donor and was reinstalled in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Ningbo (Ningpo), Zhejiang province, in the Fall of 2018. The organ was badly damaged in October 2019 as a result of the passage of Typhoon Mitag, and rendered unplayable (see What’s New for 29 November 2020.) In April 2021, it was dismantled by a team from Rieger and Shanghai Pi Organ Industrial, and is presently in storage.

The specs are:

Great (61 notes)

Open Diapason 8′

Melodia 8′

Dulciana 8′

Principal 4′

Flute d’Amour 4′

Fifteenth (Flautino) 2′


Bourdon (from Ten. c) 16′

Violin Diapason 8′

Lieblich Gedackt 8′

Salicional 8′

Flute Traverso 4′

Flageolet 2′

Oboe (from Ten. c) 8′

Pedal Bourdon 16′
Couplers and Accessories GT/Ped, SW/Ped, SW/GT, SW Octave/GT, SW tremulant

The dedicatory recital, of music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, as well as a commissioned work by Dutch composer Ad Wammes, was played on 28 October 2018 by American organist Craig Cramer. The entire event was videotaped, and can be seen here (scroll down to the video): http://dq.tieba.com/p/5940150628

The Cathedral has organized an organ study class, which currently has 15 students who are learning hymn playing, chant accompaniment, and registration. (Photos courtesy of cathedral organist Justin Berg.)

The specs and pictures of the Portsmouth installation can be found here: https://www.organclearinghouse.com/2904-hinners-portsmouth-nh/

There is also a page on the OHS website dedicated to this organ: https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=9433

NBO2018, facade.

Craig Cramer (University of Notre Dame) performing at the re-dedication of NBO2018.