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St Andrew’s Choir Anglican Church Lismore

St Andrew’s Choir

choir aChoir Practice. Contact Warren Whitney 66816265

St Andrew’s Choir is a mixed-voice, adult choir [soprano, alto, tenor, bass] of singers drawn from all walks of life. The choir’s main task is singing at the traditional 7.30am Holy Communion service, which it does fortnightly during school term time. While the main function of the choir is to enhance worship, from time to time it undertakes outside engagements including services with St Carthage’s Cathedral Choir and other invited choirs and guests. Under the direction of Warren Whitney it performs a wide ranging repertoire from the sixteenth century to the present day. In the past it has undertaken performances including masses by Dvorak and Schubert, Fauré’s Requiem, Stainer’s Crucifixion and special services for Christmas and Easter such as Stations of the Cross and Nine Lessons and Carols, this latter it has done annually for the last 30 years. .
There is no audition to join the choir and while reading music would be an advantage it is not essential.

Music at St Andrew’s

The diversity of today’s society is reflected in the variety offered in styles of worship.
This includes both informal and more traditional styles of worship suitable for all
ages. Whatever the style, it is matched by that of the accompanying music,
instrumental and vocal, which creates the devotional atmosphere. The very acts of
singing, playing and hearing music connects us to levels of meaning beyond words.

Organ and Organist

12794322_858221417620201_317406316025433358_nWarren Whitney’s involvement at St Andrew’s goes back over 50 years, firstly through the Sunday School, and after his confirmation, becoming an altar server – this involved his attendance at three services each Sunday. It was this involvement that
began his interest in organ playing and music. He taught himself to play on a home harmonium and subsequently began organ lessons with Mr A.H. Brockington, the former organist of 50 years standing at the Lismore Methodist Church [now Uniting]. Warren obtained the diplomas in organ performance of A.Mus.A., L.Mus.A., and LTCL [Trinity College, London]. He was appointed assistant organist to St Andrew’s in 1966 and organist in 1973. As well as playing the organ and selecting the music for weekly services, he conducts and rehearses the choir. Warren’s commitment to the musical life of the Northern Rivers is well known. He has conducted choirs of all sizes and abilities as part of his long standing duties as musical director and organist of both St Carthage’s Cathedral and St Andrew’s Anglican Church. His high standards and vision have been the motivating force in many choirs in the region including the Acapelicans, Spiritsong and Lismore Community Choir, with up to 90 voices and which has performed with Lismore Symphony Orchestra. Warren is committed to the promotion of quality music in the area and is a long standing committee member of Musica Viva Lismore as well as being patron of St Martin’s Anglican Church, Mullumbimby, organ restoration project. Enquiries regarding St Andrew’s Choir and traditional music at St Andrew’s, should be directed to the Parish organist and choir director at [02]66816265 [H]; [02]66215529 [W]; or email

St Andrew’s Church is also a venue for classical concerts by local groups and visiting artists.

St Andrew's Lismore historic pipe organ

St Andrew’s Lismore historic pipe organ

The Pipe Organ in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lismore, New South Wales
This tubular-pneumatic action instrument was installed by the British Pianoforte Depot Ltd. in 1914. The English pipework and German mechanical components remained intact until rebuilds in 1957 and the early 1960’s. General deterioration of the instrument saw the need for a proper restoration in the 1990’s, and, with the consultant Kelvin Hastie’s concurrence, our proposal for a conservative restoration (with the judicious replacement of some later-added stops) was accepted in 1994.

This process was carried out in two stages:

1. Restoration of the bellows and trunking, replacement of blower motor, replacement of all
puffers. The Great soundboard was moved forward on the standframe to allow it to project more effectively from the chamber into the nave.
2. Restoration of soundboards, replacement of worn parts, cleaning of all pipes, repacking,
regulation etc. A new Harmonic Flute 4′ was added to the Great and a Violin Diapason 8′
and Bourdon 16′ on the Swell (which were replaced in the 1957 rebuild). All these stops
were obtained from pipework out of the redundant 1881 Forster & Andrews Sydney
University organ. The console was refurbished with replacement Stop Discs done in the
original lettering style.

8′ Open Diapason
8′ Stopped Diapason
8′ Dulciana
4′ Principal
4′ Harmonic Flute
2′ Fifteenth
Mixture IV ranks
16′ Bourdon
8′ Violin Diapason
8′ Salicional
8′ Lieblich Gedackt
8′ Celeste
4′ Salicet
2′ Principal
8′ Cornopean
8′ Oboe
Swell Octave Coupler
16′ Major Bass
16′ Sub Bass
8′ Bass Flute
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Compass 58/30
Tubular-pneumatic action
Three combination pistons to Great
Three Combination pistons to Swell
Electric blower.
British Pianoforte Depot.
The organ is maintained by Simon Pierce from Brisbane who provided the specifications and notes