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Perth Concert Hall, Perth



Photos: Bruce Duncan

Photo: Trevor Bunning

Perth Concert Hall



Left Jamb Right Jamb
Left and Right stop jamb

Console detail
Console detail
Photos Bruce Duncan

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

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
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 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 C - c
Number of keys 61
Key material
Pedal compass C - g
Number of pedals 32
Pedalboard type Radial, concave
Pedalboard material
Type of chests Slider
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Electric
Couplers Five (5)
Tremulants Great, Swell, Positiv
Accessories    Installed Sept 2008
Conventional Memory/Sequencer made by “Classic Organ Works, Canada” and installed by Pipe Organs of WA.
Control panel with LED display
99 levels of memory
8 Thumb pistons to each division (toe studs to pedal)
16 General pistons (8 duplicated on toe studs)
5 reversible couplers (duplicated on toe studs)
3 “Next” pistons
2 “Last” pistons
General Cancel
Console type Integrated, drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Above choir stalls, centre stage
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Positive, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Prinzipal 16'
Oktav 8'
Spillflöte 8'
Oktav 4'
Nachthorn 4'
Oktav 2'
Mixtur IV-VI
Scharff III-IV
Zimbel III
Kornett VI
Trompete 8'
SW to GT
GT & PED comb coupled

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'
Schalmei 4'
Prinzipal 8'
Gedackt 8'
Oktav 4'
Rohr Flöte 4'
Oktav 2'
Quint 1-1/3'
Oktav 1'
Sesquialtera II
Scharff IV
Dulzian 8'
Prinzipal 32' open to GGG: resultant bass A
Prinzipal 16' A
Subbass 16'
Oktav 8'
Oktav 4'
Mixtur VI
Posaune 16'
Trompete 8'
Trompete 4'
SW to PED  
GT to PED  
POS to PED  

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
Technical documents  Details of the organ from OHTA Conference Book 1993.
General documents
Supporting information
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.
Update to stoplist and player aide and new photographs by Bruce Duncan 27 October 2020.