Ambitus Foundation is promoting an organ competition in the
Netherlands for young organists from the Netherlands and abroad. The
first round started at the 19th of november 2016 in the
Eusebiuschurch in Arnhem.
The objective of the competition is twofold: first of all to give talented young organists the opportunity to present and further develop themselves. Secondly to bring the richness of the historical Dutch organs and the organ culture in the limelight. The final of the competition will take place in the Grote Church of St. Bavo in Haarlem, on the 24th of june 2017. Flentrop is one of the sponsors.
>> More information Ambitus Organ Competition
The oldest churchorgan of Amersfoort from 1766 has been renovated
thoroughly. The commissioning will be at the 25th of november.
>> More about the restaurationproject
Flentrop has started with the dismantling and documentation of the
baroque organ in the abbey of Corvey. The organ from 1681, built by
Andreas Schneider, is one of the most beautiful ones in Westphalia,
built with the costly and rare spring-shutter technology. Only seven of
these fine, sophisticated spring-shutter organs are in use worldwide.
On the 14th of june the contract has been signed for a new organ in
the Royal College of Music, London. The new Flentrop organ will be
placed in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. The legal transfer has
been planned for january 2018.
Article Royal College of Music
On the first of January 2016 Erik Winkel will be the new president of Flentrop Orgelbouw. He will succeed Frits Elshout in that position. In the coming years Frits Elshout will remain actively involved in supporting the management of the company and he will be able to focus more on sharing and transferring knowledge, especially concerning voicing. Elshout became president of the company after the sudden death of Cees van Oostenbrugge in 2008. Almost immediately thereafter Erik Winkel was appointed vice-president of the company. During the leadership of Elshout and Winkel the company has realized some very important projects like the restauration of the Hinsz organ in Harlingen and the new organ of the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg as a historic reconstruction. Erik Winkel will continue the artistic design and building philosophy of Flentrop Orgelbouw, with great determination and knowledge.
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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In 2013 Flentrop finished the reconstruction of the ‘Reincken-organ’
in the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg. On the basis of the remaining
crippled pipes and a thorough archaeological research, Flentrop
succeeded in building an organ that seems to emerge from 1720. Sietze
de Vries is one of the first Dutch organists who was able to record a
Pieter van Dijk plays the Van Hagerbeer Schnittgerorgel in Alkmaar.
On the 12th of november it was safely again in place: the biggest
frontpipe of the Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger-organ from 1645 in Alkmaar.
After almost 20 years of silence, its playing agina: the lowest tone of
Two coverages about the restauaration of the organpipes of the van
Hagerbeer Schnittger organ in Alkmaar (in dutch): in the workshop and
in the organ itself.
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 greateffort.
Film: Casper Steketee
Article about the organ in the Dutch
Church, Londen, restauration by Flentrop. Choir & Organ september
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For the first time since the restauration of 2014, Matthias Havinga plays on the Bätzorgel in the Round Lutheran Church, Amsterdam.