Dunedin Symphony Orchestra to former Hanover Street Baptist Church


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Dunedin now needs to get enthusiastic about the concert series, talking about it, anticipating the performances and backing to the hilt the sinfonia as it prepares for a momentous year.

### ODT Online Mon, 1 Feb 2016
Editorial: Supporting the music
OPINION Dunedin has a vibrant arts culture and one of the most significant parts of the culture is the Southern Sinfonia. […] To celebrate its 50th year, the sinfonia has chosen to make some major changes to mark the occasion and one of them is the change of name to the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. One of the most exciting pieces of news to come out of the recently-announced changes is the sinfonia has outgrown its premises, growing from a small group to a larger orchestra playing symphonic music. To accommodate the growth, it is leaving behind the rehearsal rooms and office at the Carnegie Centre and moving in May to Hanover Hall, in Hanover St.
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Hanover Street Baptist Church Building-two-col2 [dcbc.co.nz] 1Past and present Baptist church buildings, Hanover St cnr Great King St [dcbc.co.nz] tweaked by whatifdunedin

Heritage New Zealand Category 1 historic place – List No. 4792
Hanover Street Baptist Church (built 1912), 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin

Summary: The first meeting of the Baptist Church in Dunedin was held in 1863. Baptist meetings were held in the courthouse until 1864 when the site on the corner of Hanover and Great King Streets was purchased and a church was built to the design of Robert Arthur Lawson (1833-1902).
A fund to build a new church was initiated in 1900 and the proposal was brought forward in 1909 by which time the old building was considered “old and antiquated and unsightly”. It was demolished in 1910 and the foundation stone of the new building was laid on 8 October 1910 on the same site. It was completed in 1912 at a cost of £7,000.

Architect: Edmund Anscombe (1874-1948) was born in Sussex and came to New Zealand as a child. He began work as a builder’s apprentice in Dunedin and in 1901 went to America to study architecture. He returned to Dunedin in 1907 and designed the School of Mines building for the University of Otago. The success of this design gained him the position of architect to the University. Five of the main University buildings were designed by Anscombe, as well as Otago Girls’ High School and several of Dunedin’s finest commercial buildings including the Lindo Ferguson Building (1927) and the Haynes building.

█ Wikipedia: Hanover Street Baptist Church

On September 6, 1863 Hanover Street Baptist Church was founded – constituted as a church with 22 members. As one of the earliest NZ Baptist churches – Dunedin was first settled by Europeans in 1849 – it was a church with a mission: in a strongly Presbyterian city it sought to be a church which lowered the barriers to enable people to become part of it. Unlike most Baptist churches of the time it had open membership which required only a full commitment to Jesus Christ – reaching outwards was its heartbeat. In the years that followed it started many other Baptist churches in the city, helped set up the Baptist Union of churches in New Zealand and launched the Baptist missionary society, sending out some of the first Baptist missionaries from New Zealand. Into the next century Hanover St Baptist was a strong growing church, but numbers declined in the early 1900s. However, following the Depression the church regained its strength. Link

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12 responses to “Dunedin Symphony Orchestra to former Hanover Street Baptist Church

  1. Diane Yeldon

    Wow! Sounds great. Very accessible, like the organ concerts at St Paul’s Cathedral near the Octagon, where the grandeur of the architecture definitely adds something special and unique to the music. Like the piano recital at Olveston. Will be a really alluring feature of Dunedin for visitors and people thinking about re-locating here. And I hope there will be free samples. The Fortune Theatre free play excerpts held at the DCC Central Library lured me to the Fortune, something I assumed I couldn’t afford. But when I looked into it, I found it wasn’t actually that expensive. Hope the orchestra will be the same – like many people, although I love classical music (and other) never yet been to a live performance.

  2. Elizabeth

    ### DunedinTV Fri, 12 Feb 2016
    Nightly Interview: Philippa Harris
    The Southern Sinfonia is no longer, with its name now changed to the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. It comes as the institution celebrates its 50th anniversary, and general manager Philippa Harris joins us to explain.
    Ch39 Video

  3. Elizabeth

    Hopes Orchestra in its new building by June, after $300,000 renovation completed. DSO Board president Brendan Gray says historic site has potential to become popular Dunedin music venue.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 29 Feb 2016
    New home for music in inner city
    By Damian George
    The former Hanover St Baptist Church in central Dunedin will not just be the new home of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, it will also be a hub for all kinds of exciting music, the orchestra’s president says. A public open day at the orchestra’s future venue, a category 1 Dunedin heritage building and formerly the Monkey Bar, was held on Saturday.
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    Images: Elizabeth Kerr

    DSO string quartet 27.2.16
    Copy of Edmund Anscombe renders via DSO Open Day information display

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  4. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Friday, April 22, 2016
    Historic church restored for orchestra
    A long-neglected church is being restored to its former glory in the central city. The refurbishment of the former Hanover Street Baptist Church is well under way, ahead of its new musical occupants moving in. But there’s a lot to get done in a short space of time.
    Ch39 Video

  5. Elizabeth

    Fri, 6 May 2016
    ODT: Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
    The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is one of many arts organisations under threat from a drop in lottery funding … [Board president Brendan Gray yesterday] said it was concerned about its council grant having been cut by $7000, which added to the $6000 it paid to rent the Dunedin Town Hall left it $13,000 out of pocket.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    The council giveth and the council taketh away.
    I don’t understand why in the first place money was given then paid back as rent. Why not cut out the paperwork (got to be some savings there) and give them spending-money to keep the orchestra going, and free rent?

    Aside from that I’m going to be real sour on it if there’s more handouts for sports while other ratepayers’ non-sports passions are disrespected.

    Dunedin – lopsided city.

  7. Calvin Oaten

    Hype, don’t forget that the Dunedin Town Hall is now under the management of the Dunedin Venues Management (DVML) and it is integral to the stadium debt imbroglio. So the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra could be seen as having its pocket picked to subsidise “Rugby”. Think about it. Mr Davies will leave no stone unturned to keep the rugby lads happy. While we are at it, does anyone know the latest state of the finances of the $10million addition of the ‘Elite Sports’ facilities building built attached to the stadium for the sum of $10million? This was debt funded by the DCC (ratepayer) with the Sports Academy agreeing to pay the costs and capital at an annual $850,000 pa. At the same time it was put to council and agreed that the DCC would make an annual grant to the Academy of $850,000 pa. Ask any financial guru in the building what the state of that loan is today and all you’ll get is a ‘stunned’ look.

  8. Elizabeth

    Sun, 22 May 2016
    ODT: Music again for former church
    Hanover Hall, the building formerly known as Hanover Street Baptist Church and the Monkey Bar, is being refurbished at a cost of more than $500,000.
    Sun, 22 May 2016. The building’s owners, Lloyd Williams and his wife, Cally McWha, this week gave about 20 staff from the Dunedin City Council – a sponsor of the [Dunedin Symphony Orchestra] – a tour of the building on the corner of Hanover and Great King Sts.

  9. Elizabeth

    Tue, 2 Aug 2016
    $105,000 lift for city’s orchestra
    The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra has received funding to the tune of $105,000 in the latest round of Dunedin City Council Project and Service Grants – some of which will be used to help complete the orchestra’s new performing arts hub in Hanover St. DSO general manager Philippa Harris […] said the majority of the grant would be put towards the orchestra’s annual concert series, its education projects and supplying orchestral accompaniments for City Choir Dunedin and the Royal New Zealand Ballet performances.

  10. Elizabeth

    Mon, 3 Oct 2016
    Orchestral reunion delights
    Half a century of musical history was recalled as past and present members of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra gathered in the city over the weekend. About 70 past and present orchestra members were in Dunedin to attend the reunion, including watching or taking part in Saturday night’s Gallipoli to the Somme performance at the town hall. […] Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie said the standing ovation for the world premiere of his composition Gallipoli to the Somme  was “very moving”.

  11. Elizabeth

    Thu, 3 Nov 2016
    ODT: DSO move to new hub delayed by renovations
    The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is hoping to be home in time for Christmas, after unexpected delays stopped it from moving into its new performing arts hub. DSO general manager Philippa Harris said the orchestra had hoped to have shifted from the Carnegie Centre into the new facility in Hanover St by now, but the move had been delayed because the sound-proofing and placement of acoustic panels in the building had taken longer than expected.

  12. Elizabeth

    “When we did initial acoustic testing, it was very loud and very muddy. We’ve taken about two seconds of reverberation off that.”

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016
    ODT: Orchestra sounds out new home
    The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra got to try out its new home at Hanover Hall for the first time yesterday — albeit, for only a couple of hours. DSO general manager Philippa Harris said new acoustic panelling had been fitted, and the hall was at a stage in its development in which members of the orchestra could do what was effectively, a sound check. Cont/

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