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95 Remuera Rd, Remuera,
Auckland 1050, New Zealand

Music

 

Choir

Saint Mark's is fortunate to have an active parish choir. The choir plays an integral part in our services, singing a busy schedule of Choral Eucharists every Sunday morning, and leading the Choral Evensong, which occurs on the third Sunday of every month.

The Choir of Saint Mark's has been an affiliated member of the Royal School of Church Music since 1962. The choir on occasions also sings at other churches, mainly at Evensong services. In the last 2-3 years the choir has sung Evensong in Whangarei, Matamata, and Thames; later in 2018 the choir will sing Evensong in St. Peter’s Takapuna, and in a joint church choir service at Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland.

Please contact the church office if you are interested in joining our choir.

 

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Organ

Saint Mark's is home to the largest and most comprehensive pipe organ in an Anglican parish church in the Greater Auckland region.

The first instrument in the original church building was actually a harmonium, which was replaced by a pipe organ in 1865. This organ was found in Wellington and is believed to have originally come from Hobart in the early convict days.

A new two manual and pedal organ of 19 speaking stops was installed in 1882. In order to house it properly, the church tower was built, with a new organ chamber in its base.

In 1920, this organ was enlarged and modified to a specification drawn up by the organist of St Mark's, J. Maughan Barnett, who was also the City Organist. The instrument was very comprehensive and included a new choir division.

Following a fire in the Tower in 1935, the organ was extensively reconstructed at a cost of 2000 pounds. The new instrument was a lavish example of Edwardian organ building, retaining several ranks from the previous organ and incorporating the latest technology in exhaust-pneumatic action and console design.

 

Another substantial rebuild took place in 1977 in the prevailing neo-classical style of the time, complete with new console, and in 1989 the organ was partially reconstructed to return the chancel casework and façade to its original position.

Since 2001, the Saint Mark's organ has undergone considerable tonal and mechanical refurbishment in order to improve acoustics within the church and enhance the organ's role in congregational and choral accompanying. A full restoration of its winding system took place in 2009, and it was returned and rededicated on Advent Sunday of that year.

The organ is played and cared for by our organist and Director of Music Brian Millar.

From time to time, pipe organ recitals are held in the church. Please check the calendar or contact the church office for the date of the next recital.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St Marks

As we continue to do all we can as a nation to thwart the progress of the COVID-19 virus, churches and all other places of public gathering remain closed. The Church, as the gathered people of God, cannot meet person-to-person, but we are fortunate to have more means than any generation before us to stay in contact with one another. This website is one of the ways that the Parish of St Mark’s, Remuera remains a gathered people. We also remain in communion with one another by email, video conferencing and – not least, the telephone. And, vitally, we remain in communion with God through prayer. We are here for you. Get in contact with us via the means that suits you best (please see the contact list).
 
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his
countenance upon you, and give you peace.

                                                                 Numbers 6:24-26

The Reverend Dr Tony Surman
Vicar of St Mark’s Anglican Church
Remuera, Auckland 1050
 Tel: (09) 520 2258
 

 

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