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Opus 158

Hong Kong Baptist University

Jockey Club Campus of Creativity (JC3)
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Stops: 33
Ranks: 35
Independent Voices: 30
Pipes: 1,897
Created: In Progress

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In 1956, Hong Kong Baptist College was founded by the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong as a post-secondary college committed to the provision of whole-person education. It gained university status in 1994. Today, Hong Kong Baptist University encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a wide range of undergraduate programs, as well as postgraduate programs leading to the award of master and doctoral degrees. It has rapidly gained a reputation as one of Asia’s finest institutions of higher learning.

The new Jockey Club Campus of Creativity (JC3), designed by P&T Architects & Engineers Ltd., along with interior designer Meta4 Design Forum Ltd. and acoustic consultant Shen Milsom & Wilke, is currently under construction. This cutting-edge facility, scheduled to be complete by mid 2024, will be home to C. B. Fisk Opus 158. The building will include an innovative Multi-Purpose Space which will serve as a gathering place for students, a recital venue for small ensembles, and an organ teaching, practice, and recital studio. The room will be outfitted with a system of variable acoustics in order to accommodate the divergent requirements of the spoken word versus musical practice and performance. When set for maximum liveliness, the space is expected to offer “2+ seconds of warm reverberation”; importantly, ample bass response, so critical for a balanced pipe organ sound, is being given primary attention.

Opus 158 is a three-manual, 33-stop instrument whose tonal design is at once historically informed and broadly eclectic. Students will have at their disposal authentic sounds from 18th-century Germany as well as 18th- and 19th-century France. They will access these tonal resources via a reliable and responsive carbon-fiber-based key action. We believe the opportunity for unfettered musical expression of a wide variety of the solo organ repertoire will be unmatched in Hong Kong.

The organ is scheduled for delivery in January of 2024.

Opus 158

Great, Manual I

Bourdon 16′
Prestant 8′
Spillpfeife 8′
Octave 4′
Superoctave 2′
Mixture IV-VI (1 1/3′)
Trommet 8′

Positive, Manual II

Gedackt 8′
Rohrflöte 4′
Nasat 2 2/3′
Principal 2′
Terz 1 3/5′
Quinta 1 1/3′
Dulcian 8′ or Cremona 8′

Swell, Manual III, enclosed

Viole de gambe 8′
Voix céleste 8′
Flûte traversière 8′
Flûte octaviante 4′
Nasard 2 2/3′
Octavin 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Basson 16′
Trompette 8′
Hautbois 8′
Voix humaine 8′

Pedal

Holz Principal 16′
Bourdon 16′ (Gt.)
Octave 8′
Spillpfeife 8′ (Gt.)
Bourdon 8′
Octave 4′
Posaune 16′
Trommet 8′ (Gt.)

Couplers:

Positive to Great
Swell to Great
Swell to Positive
Great to Pedal
Positive to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Pedal Super

Accessories:

Wind Stabilizer
Great & Positive Tremulant
Swell Trémolo
Cymbelstern
Rossignol

  Key Action: Direct mechanical (tracker).
  Stop Action: Dual mechanical and electric solenoid.
  Combination Action: SSOS system, Sequencer.
  Keydesk: Three manuals and pedal; manuals 61 keys CC-c4
                   Fisk pedalboard 32 keys CC-g1
  Temperament: Fisk II