9711 KJ Groningen
The organist Matteo Imbruno works with students of the Prins Claus Conservatory, on the Schnitger-Hinszorgan in the Pelstergasthuiskerk.
Learning from the expert how to play a Schnitger organ and use all its many possibilities and resources – or how to listen to these possibilities – that is what happens on Saturday 20 October. The organist giving the masterclass today is Matteo Imbruno, originally from Italy but living and working in Holland now. This masterclass in the Pelsterkerk is a great opportunity for musicians to gain knowledge and expertise, and for listeners to get an inside view of musicians at their trade. We have succeeded in engaging a master organist in the person of Matteo Imbruno. He is the ideal teacher, who gives confidence to students, and knows how to show them the ins and outs of the baroque instrument in this chapel.
Should this not be reason enough to attend the masterclass, there is always the unique instrument itself. The Pelstergasthuiskerk organ is the wonderful amalgam of three instruments, and the product of two famous builders. The original organ was built in 1627 according to the cartouche in the gateway, by an unknown builder. Later it was altered and extended – twice – by Arp Schnitger, and at the end of the 18th century again by Albertus Anthonie Hinsz. The instrument is cased in a beautiful chest with ornamental wood carvings representing violins, woodwind and putti blowing the trumpet. The central tower of the organ is also a remarkable feature. The beautiful chest houses a beautiful and very characteristic baroque sound, with its distinctive flutes and the cornet.
All students at a music school and proficient amateur organists are cordially invited to enroll for the masterclass. The fee is €20.00, and applications are due before 1 October 2018 via firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 20 October, 9.15 – 12.15
Pelstergasthuiskerk, Pelsterstraat 43, Groningen
There is no entrance fee for listeners.