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Perth Concert Hall

PCH
Photo: Trevor Bunning

Perth Concert Hall
Organ Society of Western Australia Patron, Annette Goerke Mus.B, L.Mus., A.Mus.A. at the console

Perth Concert Hall

PCH

PCH


Name of institution Perth Concert Hall
Type of institution Concert Hall
Street Address St. George's Terrace
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building Perth Concert Hall
Name of room Concert Hall
Dates of the building The building was opened in January 1973.
Architect’s and builder’s names It was built by Sabemo (WA) Pty Ltd to a design by architects Jeffrey Howlett and Don Bailey. 
Special architectural features The Perth Concert Hall is an example of brutalist architecture, with its solid opaque interior, giant projecting roof, and use of white off-form concrete.
Special fittings The stage is 20 metres wide at the front, tapering to 14 metres at the rear, extensions available.
A spectacular 3000 pipe organ built by Ronald Sharp under special Commission.
Spacious galleries surrounding the main auditorium.
1729 seats divided into three main levels.
Other location information The Perth Concert Hall was constructed between 1971 and 1973 on land that was originally part of the Government Domain.
Renowned as one of the finest music acoustics in the southern hemisphere, the Perth Concert Hall is located in the city centre and is within easy reach of major hotels and transport.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone
Email
Other contact information
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Date of previous organs None
Detail of previous organs
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organs
Information about comparable instruments to previous organs
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Present organ
Type of installation Platform
Case description Broad modernistic design.  66 pipes visible in display.
Placement in room Above centre stage
Builder's name Ronald William Sharp, Sydney.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1976
Construction materials
Number of manuals Three (3)
Key compasses
Number of keys 61
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 32
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Electric
Couplers Five (5)
Tremulants Hauptwerk, Schwellwerk, Positive
Accessories   
Console type Integrated, drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Above choir stalls, centre stage
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Hauptwerk, Schwellwerk, Positive, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
HAUPTWERK
Prinzipal 16'
Oktav 8'
Spill Flöte 8'
Oktav 4'
Nachthorn 4'
Oktav 2'
Mixtur IV-VI
Scharff III-IV
Cornet VI
Trompete 8'

SCHWELLWERK
Quintadena 16'
Rohr Flöte 8'
Salizional 8'
Schwebung 8'
Spitz Flöte 4'
Nasat 2-2/3'
Wald Flöte 2'
Terz 1-3/5'
Mixtur IV
Fagott 16'
Trompete 8'
Schalmie 4'
POSITIVE
Prinzipal 8'
Gedackt 8'
Oktav 4'
Rohr Flöte 4'
Oktav 2'
Quint 1-1/3'
Oktav 1'
Sesquialtera II
Scharff IV
Dulzian 8'
PEDAL
Prinzipal 32' open to GGG: resultant bass A
Oktav 16' A
Subbass 16'
Oktav 8'
Oktav 4'
Mixtur VI
Posaune 16'
Trompete 8'
Trompete 4'

Total number of stops 42
Total number of ranks 65
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Overhaul by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd in 2008 included clean up of the chamber and all chests, voicing of upper pipe work, lightning pallet spring pressure, adjusting coupler actions, harnessing wind trunks and new memory system.
Voicing work done on the largest pipes which are on the case. These pipes were very slow in speech and uneven in tone.  The largest is GGGG, or G in the 32' range.  The lower pitches CCCC - FFFF# are drawn from with Principal 16' with a dedicated open wood 'quint' rank to provide the resultant 32' pitch to this rank.  In addition, pneumatic motors which drive the coupler mechanism at the console were showing their 35yrs of constant work with many leaks from the perished leather.  This was all renewed with very high quality kangaroo skins by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd in 2011.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ None
Information on current organ This instrument was built in 1976 by Ronald Sharp of Sydney and his second-largest concert organ after his magnum opus in the Sydney Opera House.
Comparable instruments to current organ Sydney Opera House.
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of Perth Concert Hall from Wickipedia
Photographs of organ by Bruce Duncan and others
Technical documents  Details of the organ from OHTA Conference Book 1993.
General documents
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Supporting information
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Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 15 January 2009.
Maintenance details updated by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd 28 January 2011.

 



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