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St. Cecilia's Catholic Roman Church, Floreat

Floreat St Cecilia
The building design won architectural awards

The original 1988 case and display pipes

St Cecilia Floreat
Rebuilt case to accommodate completed specification 2013

St Cecilia Floreat

St Cecilia Floreat St Cecilia Floreat
Left and Right stop jambs

Name of institution St. Cecilia's Catholic Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address corner Kenmore Crescent and Grantham Street
City Floreat Park
State Western Australia
Postcode 6006
Country Australia
Name of building St. Cecilia's Catholic Church
Name of room
Dates of the building 1960
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information The Church in Kenmore Crescent, Floreat Park, is named after St. Cecilia who was a Roman patrician, virgin, martyr, and patron saint of musicians. She lived in the second and third centuries. Her feast day is celebrated on the 22nd of November with a special mass each year.
The architectural design for the new church in Floreat was completed in May 1961. Building commenced soon afterwards and the new church was blessed and dedicated by Archbishop Prendiville on 26th February 1961. The building of the original presbytery alongside the church was made possible by an exchange of the parish owned block No. 715 for block No. 758 owned by the Brigidine Sisters.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Other contact information
Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ None
Detail of previous organ
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organ
Information about comparable instruments to previous organ
Present organ
Type of installation Freestanding
Case description Striking display of copper pipes arranged in an inverted "V" impost above the console.
Placement in room Rear gallery
Builder's name F.J. Larner & Co.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1988
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type Concave radiating
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Swell to Great, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal
Tremulants General
Console type Integrated
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures Equal temperament, A= 440 Hz at 21oC
Stop list Original Stoplist 1988
Principal 8' 56 pipes Copper
Spitz Flute 8' 56 pipes Wood
Octave 4' 56 pipes
Nazard 2-2/3' 56 pipes
Fifteenth 2' 56 pipes
Mixture IV
Trumpet 8' 56 pipes
Chimney Flute 8' 56 pipes
Viola da Gamba 8' 44 pipes Bass from Chimney Flute
Celeste TC 8' 44 pipes
Coppel Flute 4' 56 pipes
Flageolet 2' 56 pipes
Subbass 16' 30 pipes Wood and metal
Flute Bass 8' 24 pipes From Subbass
Choral Bass 4' From Subbass

Completed specification stoplist 2013
Principal 8' 56 pipes Copper
Spitz Flute 8' 44 pipes Wood
12 pipes from PED Bass Flute 8'
Octave 4' 56 pipes
Chimney Flute 4' 56 pipes
Nazard 2-2/3' 44 pipes
Fifteenth 2' 56 pipes
Tierce 1 3/5' 44 pipes
Mixture IV 224 pipes
Trumpet 8' 56 pipes
Chimney Flute 8' 56 pipes
Gamba 8' 56 pipes
Celeste  8' 44 pipes TC
Coppel Flute 4' 56 pipes
Flageolet 2' 56 pipes
Quint 1 1/3' 56 pipes
Cymbal II 22.26 112 pipes
Oboe 8' 56 pipes
Subbass 16' 30 pipes Wood and metal
Bass Flute 8' 12 pipes From Subbass
Choral Bass 4' 12 pipes From Subbass
Bassoon 16' 30 pipes

Total number of stops 15 originally, 21 now
Total number of ranks 12 originally, 19 now
Total number of pipes 1,212
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Towards the end of 2012, Pipe Organs W.A. was approached by John Larner to complete the disposition of the organ, for which purpose the parish had received some funds.  Therefore, new pipework was ordered from a manufacturer in Poland and alterations to the existing ‘wings’ of the case were made to accommodate the new pedal reed pipes.  The copper pipes were polished and lacquered and a new pipe shade screen was installed.  Copper pipe shades were manufactured for the pedal ‘wings’ and all existing pipework were voiced to accommodate the new pipes.   Tomasz Nowak carried out the final voicing in the church and all staff at Pipe Organs W.A. were involved in the process of construction and installation.  (Justina Davis, Virgile Bardin, Neil Cox and Graham Devenish.)  All new pipework has been cone tuned for stability.  The contract for this project was signed on 31st October, 2012 and the work was completed on 10th July 2013.   The organ is now complete with 19 ranks and  25 stops.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ None
Information on current organ Based on a concept of Fr. Mc Cudden.  
Advisor was Annette Goerke.  
Opening recital was played by John Beaverstock, October 1988.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status In excellent condition
Assessment of organ The character of the instrument (2013) can be described as forthright and clear with well-developed tonal character to the principals and well-rounded flutes without undue foundational weight.  The Trumpet is clear and elegant, the Oboe tending towards orchestral and the mixtures brilliant.  The pedal reed is generously supportive to the full organ sound.  There are many colourful stops which, when combined with foundation ranks provide great interest and vitality to the musical line.
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of church from State Library
Photograph of organ from Keith Poole
Photographs of completed instrument from Graham Devenish
Technical documents 
General documents
Supporting information The organ took 18 months to construct in 1987/88. John Larner  and his assistants, Mal Adams and Lachlan Partington built the main structures, wooden pipes and action. The metal pipes were bought from Aug. Laukhuff, Germany with some ranks reclaimed from other sources, viz. 20 of the Subbass 16’ pipes from the Dulciana 16’ of the Bishop organ (now in storage at Hale School), the Celeste 8’ from the Dodd rebuild of the Clifton organ at St. Aidan’s Claremont and the Gamba 8 from the Labial Oboe, surplus to requirements in the Gunstar organ at Maylands Uniting Church.
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 23 January 2009.
Additional information from February/March 2002 In The Pipeline.
Additional information from August 2013 In The Pipeline.