The Organs

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 Divison of the organ, was dedicated May 12, 2013.  This trumpet stop, which has been made possible through the generosity of the Davies family, was manufactured by Orgues Letourneau of Quebec (builders of the organs at Selwyn College Cambridge and at the Tower of London), and installed by our local organ builder, Grant Smalley.

The church is also the home of the Victoria Baroque's continuo organ, built by Grant Smalley and donated to the Baroque in 2017.

The Great, Swell, and Pedal divisions, in the chamber south of the Chancel

The Great, Swell, and Pedal divisions, in the chamber south of the Chancel

The organ console, on the north side of the Chancel

The organ console, on the north side of the Chancel

Specifications

Casavant Frères, Opus 2694, 1961

4 manuals and pedal
55 stops, 66 ranks

GREAT - Manual 2
Quintaton 16’
Diapason 8’
Rohrflöte 8’
Gemshorn 8’
Octave 4’
Spitzflöte 4’
Superoctave 2’
Fourniture IV
Trompette 8’

SWELL (encl.) - Manual 3
Principal Étroit 8’
Cor de Nuit 8’
Viole de Gambe 8’
Voix Céleste 8’
Octave 4’
Flûte Harmonique 4’
Nazard 22/3’
Octavin 2’
Plein Jeu IV
Basson 16’
Hautbois 8’
Trompette 8’
Clairon 4’

Tremulant
Swell super
Swell sub
Swell unison off

CHOIR (unenclosed) - Manual 1
Gedeckt 8’
Erzähler 8’
Erzähler Céleste 8’
Praestant 4’
Koppelflöte 4’
Blockflöte 2’
Quintflöte 11/3’
Sesquialtera II
Scharff III
Cromorne 8’
Chimes

Tremulant
Choir super
Choir sub
Choir unison off

ANTIPHONAL (encl.) - Manual 4
Principal 8’
Bourdon 8’
Octave 4’
Rohrflöte 4’
Blockflöte 2’
Sesquialtera II
Fourniture IV
Rohrshalmei 8’
Hooded Trumpet 8’

Tremulant 

PEDAL
Contrabass 16’
Bourdon 16’
Quintaton 16’
Principal 8’
Rohrgedeckt 8’
Choral Bass 4’
Nachthorn 2’
Mixtur IV
Posaune 16’
Basson 16’ (Sw)
Basson 8’ (Sw)
Trumpet 8’
Schalmei 4’

 

Couplers
Gt-Ped 8’
Sw-Ped 8’
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