From 21 June to 28 June 2019, the Alkmaar Organ Festival in Alkmaar
will again be the international stage for young organ talent. In the
competition, the three historic top organs of the Grote Kerk and the
Kapelkerk are the scene for ten selected candidates, who have a chance
of winning the prizes. There are various concerts, master classes and a
On Wednesday, March 6 2019, former director Frits Elshout was appointed
Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music in London. Frits received
the membership ceremonially handed over from Prince Charles during the
annual President's Visit to the RCM. The Honorary membership is a crown
on the work of the organ maker, who worked at Flentrop since 1971 until
his retirement in 2019.
>> Read more about Honorar membership, Orgelnieuws
>> Read more about the Presidents Visit, RCM
The historic Scherer-Bünting organ of the town church in Mölln, Germany, goes on a journey. The organ with one of the oldest pipes in Northern Germany is being restored by Flentrop. Some of the 2,731 pipes date from the early 15th century and are among the oldest in the world. Now the first pipes have been removed. In the spring of 2021 the organ will sound again.
The University of Utah is delighted with the new, custom-made study
organ. The new organ allows students to more accurately practice
technique and articulation.
"Being an all-Steinway school for piano students, the U will now provide that same superiority for organ students," Harry Cross, Dean of the Utah Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
After a 3-year restoration, the Himmel Nitrowski organ in Olkusz was officially put into use. At the dedication service on 7 October, the church was packed full and people even stood in the aisles. Moreover, not only the bishop, but also the president, the prime minister, former prime minister and a few Polish ministers were present. Polish TV also paid special attention to this special commissioning. In the following days there were several festivities and concerts, with organists as Pieter van Dijk, Martin Rost and Andrzej Szadejko.
The Royal College of Music made a special time-lapse movie in which
the building of the new Flentrop organ can be seen beautifully.
Classic FM made a movie of the new organ in the Royal College of Music on Facebook, that received within a few days more than 120.000 views. David Graham plays Bachs Fantasia in G minor.
In Choir and Organ a praising article about the new RCM organ.
"I am thrilled that the
realisation [of our vision] has gone even beyond our high expectation."
David Graham, Professor in Charge of Organ, RCM.
>> Article: A new Flentrop organ matches its glorious surroundings
Organist Pieter van Dijk will record all the organ works of Bach in
a few years time. At least half of Bach's oeuvre he wants to play on
'his organ'; the Van Hagerbeer Schnittger organ in Alkmaar, because it
is so very suitable to play Bach. In addition, he will play for the
recordings on, among other things, the Garrels organ in Purmerend, the
Hinsz organ in Bolsward and the Flentrop organ in Hamburg.
Pieter van Dijk's Bachintegrale will count 10 double CDs. Meanwhile 3 parts have been issued. The CDs cost € 25, - each. When registering for the complete series, they cost € 20 per piece. CD's can be ordered from DMP Records.
“This promises to be a top series; make sure you get him in the house. Because with Pieter van Dijk you will find a well-considered and experienced Bach. That's how it should be. ”
Tuesday 15 August was the celebration of the brand new organ in the
Pfarrkirche in Sankt Florian am Inn. It started in the morning at 8.30
with a ceremonial procession in costume, followed by a beautiful Maria
Hemelvaartmis in a fully-occupied church, with a performance of
Mozart's organ mass and a lot of happy people.
Thereafter there were various concerts, guided tours and various competitions for the children. Erik Winkel and Frits Elshout were delighted in the jury, among other things for the election of the most beautiful drawing of the organ and who could best estimate how long the biggest organ pipe was.
In Choir & Organ an enthusiastic article about the new Flentrop organ in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. David Titterington (head of organstudies with the Royal Academy of Music): "Every stop on this organ has a personality and presence, yet they combine cohesively and musically into numberous solo combinations and choruses."
* Published in the May/June 2017 issue of Choir & Organ. Copyright Rhinegold Publishing. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Three movies with information about the restauration of the Hummel-Nitrowsky organ in the Pfarrkirche St. Andreas in Olkusz. You can hear: dr. Krzysztof Urbaniak (in Polish), Erik Winkel (in German) en Prof. Pieter van Dijk (in English).
On March 8 during the President's Visit at the occasion of the anual conferring of the honorary awards in the RCM London, the new organ for the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall was presented to HRH the Prince of Wales.
Erik Winkel and Frits Elshout were invited to join the ceremony and since rejoice the opportunity to build an new instrument for this outstanding College even more.
Leo van Doeselaar is playing 'Ich ruf zu dir, herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639), in St. Catharines Church in Hamburg. Recording by All of Bach.
>> Also listen Concert in D klein with Leo van Doeselaar
>> Also listen Wachte auf ruft uns die Stimme with Wolfgang Zerer
Pieter van Dijk plays the Van Hagerbeer Schnittgerorgel in Alkmaar.
In the film you can see the restauration of the biggest frontpipe
Prestant 22", almost 8 metres long. The workers of Flentrop take the
enormous pipe out of the organ, restore it in the church itself and
then replace it with great effort.
Film: Casper Steketee
For the first time since the restauration of 2014, Matthias Havinga plays on the Bätzorgel in the Round Lutheran Church, Amsterdam.