The new organ in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall for the Royal
College of Music will be festively opened on February 25, 2018. The renowned
British organist Thomas Trotter, Visiting Professor of Organ at the
conservatory will play the organ.
The Flentrop organ is part of the 'More music project', in which the Royal College of Music wants to invest 40 million pounds in innovations and expanding the facilities for future generations of conservatory students. The organ is designed with the emphasis on a beautiful sound, with gilding that matches the decoration of the concert hall. The instrument has "a warm, prominent tone, ideal for the hall's lively acoustic."
On 1 and 2 February, the organ can already be heard in a special concert with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bernard Haitink. You can hear the Piano Concert no 24 by Mozart and the Alpine Symphony by Strauss. On 6 February there is a special Masterclass on the new organ with Ton Koopman.
‘I am overjoyed at the results of Flentrop Orgelbouw’s expert craftsmanship and their success in turning our vision for this new instrument into a reality. The College’s ongoing mission is to enhance our students’ experience and I know every musician here will enjoy and learn from our new organ.’
Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music
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
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.
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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.