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Pipe maker Daniël van Horssen of Flentrop shows in the workshop how they make an organ pipe, so that it speaks beautifully. A very precise work and complex.
An organ pipe is an essential part of an organ, Flentrop also pours the material from which the pipes are made. The pipe makers show the casting in the workshop. Jeroen Rijpkema tells more about the techniques and materials for casting a plate and how to take the sound into account.
Mechanics maker Sander van Egmond talks in Flentrop's workshop about the structure of the mechanism and coupling mechanisms for the console. It is the attention to historical details during reconstruction and restoration that makes the work so special.
Organ builder Paul Winkelmeijer talks in Flentrop's workshop about the construction of the bellows in the organ. With explanation about wind pressure, pumping the bellows by hand and how to make a nice, calm, stable wind in the organ for the sound.
Designer Michel Lagrand talks about designing and drawing an organ in Flentrop's drawing room. From the start with a musical and technical plan, to the development of modern 3D drawings in CAD. Construction drawings that allow you to travel through the entire organ and the space in which it will be located.
Soundboard maker Geert Spronk talks about making the soundboard of an organ in Flentrop's workshop. He shows the relationship between what the organist does at the console and the operation of the soundboard.
Voicers Klaas Koelewijn and Dick Koomans van Flentrop talk about the delicate work of the voicing of an organ. How do you ensure sound in the pipes and how do you ensure that this is also musical? A process in which the voicer ensures that the sound mixes beautifully and becomes lively.
The Conveayancing board
Voicer Klaas Koelewijn talks about the use of a "conveyancing board" to give all the pipes in the organ a place.
Films: Casper Steketee
Saturday 18 July 2020 Flentrop Orgelbouw one could watch in a YouTube Livestream the new organ for the Birmingham Conservatory live in the workshop.
Film: Casper Steketee
Studio Ars Sonora is making a series of films about historical
organs in Poland. Starting with a film with music and explanation about
the organ in Olkusz. English translation will follow.
The Royal College of Music made a special time-lapse movie in which
the building of the new Flentrop organ can be seen beautifully.
Recital Thomas Trotter
Leo van Doeselaar is playing 'Ich ruf zu dir, herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639), in St. Catherins Church in Hamburg. Recording by 'All of Bach'.
An introductory film about Flentrop with images of the workshop and
the work on the organs in St. Catharinen in Hamburg and the Laurenskerk
"Since 1903 we have been looking for historical sounds, not because they're historical, but because they strike the heart of people."
Erik Winkel, directeur Flentrop
Film: Fugue State Films, Will Fraser
How is an organ being made? In the film of Avro Classic, explains
Frits Elshout - organ builder and director of Flentrop - more about the
building of an organ ands tells about his passion for his work. We are
visiting the drawing table, pipes dairy and the wood workshop. Finnaly
we're arriving in the workshop where the new organ for Christ Church,
London Chelsea is being constructed.
Three movies with information about the Hummel-Nitrowsky organ in the Pfarrkirche St. Andreas in Olkusz. You can hear: dr. Krzysztof Urbaniak (in Plish), Erik Winkel (in German) and Prof. Pieter van Dijk (in English).
An impression of the organ in the Jacobi Church in Lübeck. Dick
Koomans is playing Marche in D from J.S. Bach.
Film: Dick Koomans
Leo van Doeselaar plays the organ in the Empty Concertgebouw Sessions
Casting of organ metal sheets on a bed of sand, and scraping for the
These sheets were made for the St. Catharin's organ in Hamburg.
Film: Dick Koomans
The organ is featured in an episode of Bill Nye, the Science Guy
(starting at 13:29).
This video shows an impression of the craftmanship of making
pipes, filmed at Flentrop in Zaandam.
Film: Dick Koomans.
Music: Bach - Third part of Sonate nr.5.
Organist: Yu Nagayama.
Organ: Choir organ of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam
This instrument was tuned into meantone temperament in 2002 by
Watch the film (WMV-bestand, size: 12,6 MB)
It is a well-known fact that the Netherlands contains an enormous
treasury of fine historical organs. Thanks to its special historical
conditions, the Netherlands is regarded as the organ garden of Europe.
Jos van der Kooy plays the organ in St. Bavo Haarlem.
Pieter van Dijk plays Van Hagerbeer-Schnitgerorgan in Alkmaar.
Matthias Havinga plays for the first time after the restoration in 2014 the Bätzorgan in the Round Lutheran Church Amsterdam.
In 1999-2000, the Schyven organ of the Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluschurch in Oostende was renovated and rebuilt by Flentrop. In 1907, when the organ was built, the organists on their new organs played not only contemporary music, but also works by Baroque composers. That is why this recording contains music from the construction period of the organ, as well as works by Bach and Mendelssohn. This recording mainly wants to show the versatility of colors.
Two movies about the great maintenance on the Flentrop organ in
Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taipei (in Chinese). And movie of
In may 2014 Flentrop was executing a general tuning of the world
Müllerorgan in the St.Bavo in Haarlem. The organ contains about 5000
the tuning was taking several days and performed by 2 people.
View the foto report with explanation (Flickr).
Report: Dick Koomans.
Restauration of the organ case from the 16th century in the Westerkerk in Enkhuizen. In the film you can see organ builder Ko Boogaard from Flentrop en restauration painter Max Polman working.