Venues

 

Alix Goolden Performance Hall,

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Casavant Frères, Opus 400, 1904

The Alix Goolden Performance Hall is the primary concert venue for the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Formerly the Sanctuary of Metropolitan United Church, the Hall boasts a significant 4 manual organ by Casavant which has been largely unaltered since its installation in 1910. The organ was restored by Grant Smalley in 2010.

 

Address: 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3N4
Website: vcm.bc.ca/alix-goolden-hall
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Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Organ Specifications

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

GREAT – Manual 2 SWELL (encl.) – Manual 3 CHOIR (encl.) – Manual 1 SOLO (encl.) – Manual 4 PEDAL
Double Open 16 Gedeckt 16 Open Diapason 8 Gross Flöte 8 Double Open (ext) 32
Open Diapason 8 Principal 8 Melodia 8 Gamba 8 Open Diapason (GT) 16
Medium Open Diapason 8 Harmonic Flute 8 Dulciana 8 Harmonic Flute 4 Open Bass 16
Stopped Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Harmonic Flute 4 Harmonic Piccolo 2 Bourdon 16
Violin Diapason 8 Viola di Gamba 8 Violina 4 Tuba 8 Violone 16
Salicional 8 Voix céleste 8 Flageolet 2 Cor anglais 8 Gedeckt (SW) 8
Doppel Flöte 8 Aeoline 8 Clarinet 8 Tremulant Octave Bass 8
Octave 4 Principal 4 Tremulant Bourdon (ext) 8
Wald Flöte 4 Flauto traverso 4 Violoncello (ext) 8
Twelfth 2 2/3 Piccolo 2 Choral Bass 4
Fifteenth 2  Dolce Cornet III Contra Trombone (ext) 32
Mixture III Bassoon 16 Trombone 16
Trumpet 8 Conopean 8 Bassoon (SW) 16
Posaune 8 Vox humana 8 Trumpet (ext) 8
Oboe 8 Bassoon (SW) 8
Tremulant Clarion (ext) 4

 

Anglican Church of St. John the Divine

Casavant Frères, Opus 2694, 1961

Grant Smalley (1996)

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.

St. John’s is also home to a one-manual chamber organ built by Grant Smalley in 1996. The instrument was donated to Victoria Baroque by Grant Smalley and will be featured in the Handel and Herschel Organ Concerti Concert on July

 

Address: 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2L5
Website: www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca
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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’
Ant-Ped
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

Christ Church Cathedral

Hellmuth Wolff & Associés Ltée, Opus 47, 2005

Harrison & Harrison (1927)

Bevington & Sons (1856)

Grant Smalley (1997)

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.

There are three other pipe organs in the Cathedral including the first organ at the Cathedral by Bevington & Sons (1856, 1 manual, 5 stops) located in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, a two manual and pedal instrument by Harrison & Harrison built in 1927 and now installed in St Christopher’s Chapel, and a 5-stop chamber organ by Grant Smalley (1997).

Address: Quadra Street at Rockland Avenue
Website: www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
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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
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

Harrison & Harrison, 1927
13 stops, 12 ranks
Mechanical action

I. Great II. Swell (expressive) Pedal

Open Diapason 8

Lieblich Gedackt 8 Sub-bass 16
Claribel Flute 8 Vox Angelica 8 Flute (ext) 8
Octave 4 Celeste 8
Rohr Flute 4 Principal 4
Flute 2 Nasard 2 2/3
Trumpet
Tremolo

Bevington & Son, 1956 (new specification by Spilker, 1982)
5
stops, 5 ranks
Mechanical action

Flute 8
Principal 4
Claribel 2
Quint 1 1/3
Twenty-Second 1

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 Avenue, Victoria, BC V8V  3G8 (South entrance off of Burdett Avenue)
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Church of Our Lord

Appleton 1827; Hamill, 1867; Bergstrom 1875; Seeley 1879; Dix ca. 1940; Smalley, 1994

The Church of Our Lord, built in 1866-1870, is an historic Carpenter Gothic church that is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. The organ, the oldest extant organ in B.C., stands in the church’s chancel. Originally built as a two-manual instrument in about 1827 by the Boston organ builder Thomas Appleton for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wilamantic, CT., it was later shipped around Cape Hope destined for a church in Oregon. Unfortunately, the vessel ran aground and was wrecked off San Francisco, CA. The organ, however, was salvaged and in 1875, it was acquired by Sir James Douglas who had the organ shipped up to Victoria where it was repaired by W.C.S. Seeley. After the present building was completed, Douglas donated the organ to the church and John Bergstrom, of San Francisco, CA., installed the organ.

Address: 626 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 3G6
Website: www.ourlord.ca/

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Church of Our Lord, Organ Specifications

Appleton 1827; Hamill, 1867; Bergstrom 1875; Seeley 1879; Dix ca. 1940; Smalley, 1994
2 manuals and pedal, Mechanical key and stop action
21 stops, 17 ranks

GREAT (I)
SWELL (II) (encl.)
PEDAL
Open Diapason 8 Open Diapason 8 Diapason 16

Stopped Diapason (bass) 8

Stopped Diapason (bass) 8
Stopped Diapason (treble) 8 Stopped Diapason (treble) 8
Dulciana (TC) 8 Viol di Gamba 8
Principal 4 Celeste (bass) 8*
Flute (TC) 4 Celeste (treble) 8*
Twelfth 2 2/3* Principal 4
Fifteenth 2 Mixture III
Mixture II Bassoon (bass) 8
Trumpet 8** Hautboy (treble) 8
Tremulant
*Not original pipework **Added by Grant Smalley

 

First Church of Christ, Scientist

Casavant Frères, Opus 1180, 1927

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
Website: www.victoriachurch.ca

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First Church of Christ, Scientist, Organ Specifications

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

SWELL (III) GREAT (II) CHOIR (I) PEDAL
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

Herman’s Jazz Club

 

Address: 753 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 1J9
Website: www.hermannsjazz.com

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

S. R. Warren (1880), with modifications

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.)
Website: www.standrewsvictoria.ca

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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)

SWELL (III) GREAT (II) CHOIR (I) SOLO (floating)
PEDAL
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

Casavant Frères, Opus 293, 1907; Spilker, 1968; Smalley, 1989/2008)

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral was dedicated on October 30th, 1892 by Bishop John Lemmens. Reflecting its 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.

The organ was built by Casavant Frères in 1907 as their Opus 293. It was enlarged by Hugo Spilker between 1966 and 1968 and again by Grant Smalley in 2008 who also installed a three-manual console with a prepared Positive division. About 21 of the original Casavant ranks are still in use.

Address: Blanshard St at View St (wheelchair access at 740 View St)
Website: www.standrewscathedral.com

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St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Organ Specifications

Casavant Frères, Opus 293, 1907; Spilker, 1968; Smalley, 1989/2008)
3 manuals and pedal
26 stops, 26 ranks

SWELL (III) GREAT (II) PEDAL
Open Diapason 8 Open Diapason 8 Open Diapason 16
Stopped Diapason 8 Flute 8 Bourdon 16
Gamba 8 Dulciana 8 Octave Bass (ext) 8
Gamba Celeste 8 Octave 4 Stopped Flute 8
Spitz Principal 4 Open Flute 4 Choral Bass (ext) 4
Harmonic Flute 4 Fifteenth 2 Trombone 16
Piccolo 2 Nineteenth 1 1/3 Trumpet (ext) 8
Sesquialtera II Mixture III
Trumpet 8 Trumpet 8
Oboe 8

St. Ann’s Academy Chapel

Casavant Frères, Opus 516, 1913

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
Website: www.stannsacademy.com

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St. Ann's Academy Specifications

Casavant Frères, Opus 516, 1913
2 manuals and pedal, tubular pneumatic action
10 stops, 9 ranks

Grand-Orgue (I) Récit (II) (encl.) Pédale Couplers
Montre 8 Bourdon 8 Bourdon 16 Réc/GO 16,8,4
Mélodie 8 Salicional 8 Bourdon 16 GO 4
Dulciane (TC) 8 Voix céleste 8 Réc/Péd
Octave 4 GO/Péd
Flûte harmonique 4
Hautbois 8
Tremolo

 

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

John Brombaugh & Associates, Opus 31f, 1990

Founded in 1890, the Parish of St. Barnabas-Spring Ridge inaugerated their present building in 1951 in the Fernwood neighbourhood. The church’s organ, a one-manual mechanical action instrument tuned in 1/5′ meantone was built by John Brombaugh & Associates and installed in 1990.

Address: 1525 Begbie St, Victoria, BC V8R 6N4
Website: www.stbarnabaschurch.ca

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St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Organ Specifications

John Brombaugh & Associates, Opus 31f, 1990
1 manual and pedal, mechanical stop and key action
6 stops, 7 ranks

MANUAL PEDAL
Gedackt 8 Subbass 16
Praestant 4
Flute 4
Octave 2
Quint/Mixture III
Tremulant

 

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Peter Conacher Co. Ltd., 1891

St. Paul’s Church (now St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church) was built in 1866 at the foot of Signal Hill in Esquimalt. Known as St. Paul’s Naval and Garrison Church, the building was subsequently dismantled and moved up the hill to its present location, partly to escape the damaging reverberations caused by nearby naval gunnery practice. The organ was built in Huddersfield, England by Peter Conacher Co. Ltd. and shipped to Victoria in 1890 to be installed at the Church of St. John the Divine. The organ was sold to St. Paul’s in 1912.

Address: 1379 Esquimalt Rd, Esquimalt, BC V9A 3R4
Website: www.stpeterandpaul.ca

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St. Peter and St. Paul's Anglican Church, Organ Specifications

Peter Conacher Co. Ltd.
3 manuals and pedal
24 stops, 27 ranks

SWELL (III) GREAT (II) CHOIR (I) PEDAL
Hohl Flöte 8 Double Open Diapason 16 Lieblich Gedact 8 Open Diapason 16
Voix Celestes (TC) 8 Large Open Diapason 8 Clear Flute 4 Bourdon 16
Vox Angelica 8 Small Open Diapason 8 Nasat 2 2/3*
Octave 4 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 2* Couplers
Harmonic Piccolo 2 Octave 4 Clarionet 8 Swell to Great
Sesquialtera II* Harmonic Flute 4 Swell to Choir
Cornopean 8 Octave Quint 2 2/3 Swell to Pedal
Oboe 8 Super Octave 2 Great to Pedal
Tremulant Scharff III* Choir to Pedal
*not original

The Vic Theatre

Address: 808 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2B6
Website: https://www.victoriafilmfestival.com/thevic/films

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