Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia is the cathedral church of the Diocese of British Columbia of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The organ is in a free-standing case of solid mahogany and mahogany veneered solid wood. The case has been designed around the rose window of the West Wall of the Cathedral. To carry the load of the windchests, and to provide seismic resistance, the Builder provided a steel structure inside the organ case, in collaboration with the Cathedral Architect and the Structural Engineer. This steel structure is mounted on steel beams installed on the gallery floor. Hellmuth Wolff & Associés Ltée, Opus 47, 2005  

Address: Quadra St at Burdett Ave
Phone: (250) 383-2714

Christ Church Cathedral, Organ Specifications

Hellmuth Wolff & Associés, 2005
61 stops, 85 ranks
Mechanical action

I. Rückpositiv II. Hauptwerk III. Unterwerk (enclosed) IV. Oberwerk Pedalwerk
Quintadena 16 Praestant 16 Lieblich Gedackt 16 Suavial 8 Bordun 32
Principal 8 Octave 8 Principal 8 Copula major 8 Principalbass 16
Rohrflöt 8 Spitzflöt 8 Bordun 8 Quintadena 8 Subbass 16
Octave 4 Flöt travers 8 Salicional 8 Octava 4 Octavbass 8
Koppelflöt 4 Octave 4 Unda maris 8 Copula minor 4 Flötbass 8
Nasat 2 2/3 Hohlflöt 4 Octava 4 Violetta 4 Choralbass
Superoctave 2 Quint 2 2/3 Nachthorn 4 Hörnli II Rauschpfeife V
Terz 1 3/5 Superoctave 2 Flagiolet 2 Fletl 2 Kontreposaune 32
Mixtur V Cornet V Mixtur V Oberquinte 1 1/3 Posaunenbass 16
Dulcian 16 Mixtur V-VI Basson 16 Mixtur IV Trompetenbass 8
Trompete 8 Fagott 16 Trompette 8 Trompete 8 Trompette 8
Krummhorn 8 Trompette 8 Oboe 8 Vox humana 8 Schalmey 4
Tremulant Tremulant Clairon 4 Tremulant
Couplers Accessories
IV to II Rückpositiv Tacet
III to II Wind Stabilizer
I to II Echo shutters (III)
IV to I Nachtigall
III to I Zimbelstern
IV to P
III to P
II to P
I to P

Chapel of the New Jerusalem

at Christ Church Cathedral

The Chapel of the New Jerusalem is located inside Christ Church Cathedral at the East end of the building on the second level.

Address: 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC V8V  3G8
Phone: (250) 383-2714

The Church of St. John the Divine

St. John the Divine was founded in 1860 when a prefabricated iron church building, assembled (then disassembled) in England and shipped around Cape Horn on a sailing ship, was completed in the new colony of Vancouver Island. The original building (where the Hudson Market is now) was replaced with a brick building in 1912 at its current location at the corner of Quadra and Mason Streets. It was extensively renovated after a disastrous fire in 1960.

St. John’s houses one of the largest and finest instruments in BC. Built in 1961 by Casavant Frères of Montreal, it was designed by Lawrence Phelps in the Neo-Baroque style popular at the time, but it is a versatile and exciting instrument capable of doing justice to many repertoires. A new Hooded Trumpet, which completes the Antiphonal division of the organ, was dedicated May 12, 2013.

Address: 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2L5
Phone: (250) 383-7169

The Church of St. John the Divine, Organ Specifications

Casavant Frères, Opus 2694, 1961
4 manuals and pedal
55 stops, 66 ranks

GREAT – Manual 2 SWELL (encl.) – Manual 3 CHOIR (unencl.) – Manual 1 ANTIPHONAL (encl.) – Manual 4 PEDAL
Quintaton 16’ Principal Étroit 8’ Gedeckt 8’ Principal 8’ Contrabass 16’
Diapason 8’ Cor de Nuit 8’ Erzähler 8’ Bourdon 8’ Bourdon 16’
Rohrflöte 8’ Viole de Gambe 8’ Erzähler Céleste 8’ Octave 4’ Quintaton 16’
Gemshorn 8’ Voix Céleste 8’ Praestant 4’ Rohrflöte 4’ Principal 8’
Octave 4’ Octave 4’ Koppelflöte 4’ Blockflöte 2’ Rohrgedeckt 8’
Spitzflöte 4’ Flûte Harmonique 4’ Blockflöte 2’ Sesquialtera II Choral Bass 4’
Superoctave 2’ Nazard 2 2/3’ Quintflöte 1 1/3’ Fourniture IV Nachthorn 2’
Fourniture IV Octavin 2’ Sesquialtera II Rohrschalmei 8’ Mixtur IV
Trompette 8’ Plein Jeu IV Scharff III Hooded Trumpet 8’ Posaune 16’
Basson 16’ Cromorne 8’ Basson 16’ (Sw)
Hautbois 8’ Chimes Antiphonal super Basson 8’ (Sw)
Trompette 8’ Trumpet 8’
Clairon 4’ Tremulant Schalmei 4’
Choir super
Tremulant Choir sub Couplers
Swell super Choir unison off Gt-Ped 8’
Swell sub Sw-Ped 8’
Swell unison off Ch-Ped 8’ + 4’
Sw-Gt 8’ + 4’
Ch-Gt 16’ + 8’
Ant-Gt 8’
Sw-Ch 16’ + 8’ + 4’
Ant-Ch 8’
18 Divisional pistons
6 General pistons (thumb & toe)
Crescendo pedal
Sforzando toe stud


First Church of Christ, Scientist

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Victoria, at Pandora and Chambers was built in 1919 and completed in 1920. The first service was held August 29, 1920. Many have commented over the years on the fine architectural qualities of the building both within and without as well as the sound quality.  The 3 manual organ Casavant Frères, Quebec, was installed in January 1927. September 2019 to September 2020 is the Centenary celebration year of this heritage building.

Address: 1205 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3R3


First Church of Christ, Scientist, Organ Specifications

Casavant Frères, op. 1180, 1927
3 manuals and pedal
27 stops, 29 ranks

Bourdon 16 Open  Diapason 8 Violin Diapason 8 Open Diapason 16
Open Diapason 8 Hohl Flöte Melodia 8 Bourdon 16
Stopped Diapason 8 Salicional 8 Dulciana 8 Gedackt 16
Viola di Gamba 8 Octave 4 Wald Flöte 4 Octave (ext) 8
Aeoline 8 Harmonic Flute 4 Clarinet 8 Stopped Flute (ext) 8
Voix Celeste 8 Fifteenth 2 Tremulant
Principal 4 Mixture III ** Choir Sub COUPLERS
Dolce Cornet III Choir Super Swell Sub to Great
Trumpet 8* Swell to Great
Oboe 8 Swell Super to Great
Tremulant Swell Sub to Choir
Swell Sub Swell to Choir
Swell Super Swell Super to Choir
Choir Sub to Great
Choir to Great
Choir Super to Great
Swell to Pedal
Swell Super to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
*Moved to Swell from Great ** Added by Hugo Spilker


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew’s Prebyterian Church was established in 1862 as Victoria’s first presbyterian congregation. The current building dates from 1890 and contains the organ from the first church installed by S. R. Warren & Son in 1881. The Warren organ was enlarged and modified several times over the years with additions by Karn-Warren (1922), T. Eaton Co. (1951), Hugo Spilker (1956, 1974), Grant Smalley (1996, 2005), and Michael Perkins (2001) who installed a new Rodgers three-manual console and digital pipe voices to compliment the existing pipe work.

Address: 924 Douglas St. (wheelchair access at 643 Broughton St.)


St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Organ Specifications

S. R. Warren (1880), Eaton (1951) with extensive modifications
3 manuals and pedal
72 stops, 124 ranks (37 pipe ranks, 87 digital ranks incl. alternate voices)

Contre Gambe 16* Violone 16* Quintade 16* Violincelle Celeste II* Contre Violone 32*
Geigen Diapason 8 Open Diapason 8 English Diapason 8 Gedeckt 8 Contre Bourdon 32*
Stopped Diapason 8 Flûte Harmonique 8* Flute 8 Principal 4 Open Diapason 16
Viole de Gambe 8 Doppel Flute 8 Erzahler Celeste II* Tuba 8* Bourdon 16
Voix Celeste Gemshorn 8* Viola Celeste II* English Horn 8* Violone 16*
Flûte Celeste II* Octave 4 Principal 4* Bourdon Doux 16*
Principal 4 Lieblich Flöte 4 Rohr Gedackt 4 Octave Bass 8
Flute 4 Quint 2 2/3* Nazard 2 2/3 Stopped Flute 8
Nazard 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Oktav 2* Choralbass 4
Octavin 2 Waldflöte 2* Block Flute 2 Nachthorn 4*
Cymbale III* Larigot 1 1/3 Sesquialtera II* Mixture IV*
Mixtura III-V Mixture IV Tierce 1 3/5 Contra Bombarde 32*
Contra Fagotto 16 Scharf IV* Mixture IV* Posaune (ext, Gt) 16
Trumpet 8 Posaune 8* Clarinet 16* Contra Fagotto (Sw)
Oboe 8 Trumpet 8 Trompette Harmonique 8* Trompette 8*
Vox Humana 8* Chimes* Cromorne 8* Clairon 4*
Clarion 4 Festival Trumpet 8* Rohrschalmei 4*
Tremulant Tremulant
*Digital voices


St. Andrews Roman Catholic Cathedral

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral was dedicated on October 30th, 1892 by Bishop John Lemmens. Reflecting our cultural links to Quebec, St Andrew’s was designed by Montreal church architects Maurice Perrault and Albert Mesnard. The plans are a duplicate of a parish church in Vaudreuil, Quebec. The stained glass windows exemplify a variety of styles typical of the late 19th century. They portray episodes in the life of Christ, as well as various saints, with St. Andrew, the Patron Saint of the Cathedral, on the centre window of the Sanctuary.

Address: Blanshard St at View St (wheelchair access at 740 View St)


St. Ann’s Academy Chapel

Once Victoria’s first Roman Catholic Cathedral, it was built in 1858 and moved and added to the school in 1886. Like the many rural French Canadian churches it is modeled after, it has ornate altar and ceiling carvings, gold-leaf detailing, original oil paintings, stained glass windows and a 1913 Casavant pipe organ. The resplendent Novitiate garden at the side entrance to the Chapel has a geometric herb bed, perennials and a recreated 1925 summerhouse. The 1910 formal garden at the north-west corner of the property contains rare trees and the remains of a unique fountain.

Address: 835 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8V  4W8


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