The Johnian Duo can also be heard at St Andrew’s Anglican Church Indooroopilly, where Howard is the Director of Music and Organist.
St Andrew’s features a fine historical instrument by Driver & Lupton, Keighley, Yorkshire, built for the Slack Lane Baptist Church, Hawarth, Yorkshire in 1884. The organ was relocated and restored in St Andrew’s Indooroopilly in 1988 by W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane.
St Andrew’s Indooroopilly is where you can now find this glorious historical gem of a pipe organ. This is an unlikely place to find such an old English instrument, but the parish took the bold step to rescue this organ in 1988 and give it a new lease on life on the other side of the world. Its sound has an orchestral warmth , and it is situated in a sacred space with a clear but resonant acoustic.
The organ is mechanical action and this gives it automatic charm and musical interest. Given the age of the organ, it responds best to dignified and light-handed treatment. When played with love and respect, the organ springs to life. It issues forth every ambiance from soft orchestral warmth to commanding spiritual rejoicing. The organ resonates within the building and the musical effect is cathedral-like in its quality.
The organ is played each Sunday at Holy Communion (7.00am) and again at the Sung Eucharist (9.30am), where the St Andrew’s Choir often leads the singing.
The Johnian Duo and other musicians provide music on very special occasions. During August 2014, The Johnian Duo played for the 125th Anniversary of the Parish.