9726 AC Groningen
Organs in the province of Groningen
A visit to Schnitger organs in Uithuizen and Eenum with a concert given by the gifted young organist Gerwin Hoekstra in the Der Aa-kerk.
The ‘Organ Garden of The Netherlands’. That is how Groningen is known to music lovers, and rightly so. In the area around the city of Groningen, most of the numerous medieval churches – cultural heritage owned and maintained now by a Trust, Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken (SOGK) – are the proud shelters of excellent organs. Many of these instruments date from the 17th or 18th century.
The majority of the instruments are of the highest quality. Apparently, all these hundreds of years ago, local people felt that spending their money and energy on organs built by famous organ builders such as Schnitger was of great importance. There are as many as ten – 10! – real Schnitger instruments in the Groningen area today. In the present excursion, three of them will be inspected: an opportunity that must not be missed. The Trust mentioned above is involved in the organisation of this tour.
The assembly site is Groningen Central Railway Station, where you will find our coach. On our coach trip we will be joined by Cees van der Poel, the author of ‘Naam en Faam – Vijf Schnitger-orgels in Groningen’, who will talk about the organs we visit. The Schnitger organs we will see and hear are those of Uithuizen and Eenum. Halfway, lunch (included in the price) will be served. The dessert is a concert in the largest church of the Trust SGOK, the Der Aa-kerk in the City of Groningen. The promising and talented young organist Gerwin Hoekstra will sound the organ in music from one of the richest periods in the history of music: the North German Organ generation ending at around the year 1700.
Prior to the concert in the Der Aa-kerk, the latest volume in the series ‘Orgelreeks’ will be presented, a monograph about Johan van Meurs, a 20th century organist of the Church.
Friday 19 October, 10.30 – 17.45, lunch between 12.15 and 13.15.
Concert in the Der Aa-kerk: 17.00.
Departure from Central Station Groningen, by coach.
€ 47,50 (€ 38,00 for sponsors of the Old Groningen Churches Foundation). The price includes lunch and coffee/tea.
Tickets for the concert in the Der Aa-kerk for non-participants are € 8,00, at the door.
Applications for the excursion
email@example.com; enter “Orgelexcursie 19 October 2018, or by telephone +3150-3123569, by 17th October at the latest.
Please Note: the minimum number of participants is 20.