Since 4 September 2010 our historic Victorian Gothic wooden church has survived three major earthquakes (and thousands of aftershocks) almost unscathed and is the only habitable church in use in the central city. Unfortunately our 1872 Bevington three-manual pipe organ was damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and was subsequently removed for repairs and renovation.
As a result of generous donations from individuals and corporate bodies, the Parish of St Michael and All Angels has proceeded with the signing of the contract with the South Island Organ Company to repair, restore and rebuild the Historic Bevington/Fincham and Hobday Organ. There is a sum of $60 000 to find but the Organ Committee is confident this can be raised in the next 12 months.
WE ARE SEEKING FINAL DONATIONS to help us meet the organ restoration cost. While Christchurch Cathedral has attracted wide publicity, St Michaels has not, but is trying desperately to conduct its vibrant musical and Christian ministry as usual.
Music at St Michaels has been an important element in the worship since it began in 1852. It is one of the few fully functioning Parish choirs in the city of Christchurch.
At the bottom of this page you will find photo attachments featuring our damaged organ. Please also see the attachments where WE ARE SEEKING DONATIONS to help us meet the NZ $500 000 organ restoration cost
While Christchurch Cathedral has attracted wide publicity, St Michael's has not, but is trying desperately to conduct its vibrant musical and Christian ministry as usual.
See the CTV report about the organ we have on loan until our earthquake damaged organ is restored.