Organ Festival Holland 2019
once again a vibrant scene for young international talent
From 21 to 28 June 2019 the Organ Festival Holland will make the centre of Alkmaar the international podium for young talented organists. During the competition the three famous historical organs of the Grote Kerk and the Kapelkerk form the battleground where ten selected contestants will fight it out for the prizes.
The young Franz Casper Schnitger, who surpasses his father and teacher Arp Schnitger as an organbuilder with his Alkmaar instrument, is the subject of the symposium The better Schnitger. The Academy masterclasses are a great opportunity to meet the famous members of the jury. And during the festival Alkmaar schoolchildren will again have a chance to show their ambitions on the DOE-organ.
At the opening concert of the festival the spotlight is on the young singers of the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir of the Scottish University of St Andrews, conducted by Tom Wilkinson. Another highlight during the festival will be the double recital by Hannes Minnaar, piano, and Wolfgang Zerer, organ, playing music by Bach. The sizzling final of the competition will be the prelude to promising young careers.
Stay tuned, there is more to come.
Hannes Minnaar, Wolfgang Zerer, Martin Böcker, Krzysztof Urbaniak, Bas de Vroome, Tom Wilkinson, Bernard Foccroulle, Cees van der Poel, Gerben Gritter, Pieter van Dijk, Frank van Wijk, Tjeerd van der Ploeg
Members of the jury of the International Schnitger Organ Competition 2019
The members of the jury of the 13th International Schnitger Organ Competition have been appointed. They are all internationally famous and inspiring: Krzisztof Urbaniak from Poland, Wolfgang Zerer and Martin Böcker from Germany, Bernard Foccroulle from Belgium, and Bas de Vroome from The Netherlands. They will judge the contestants during the three rounds of the competition.
After a pre-selection 10 contestants will be selected to compete in the final rounds. The judges of the preselection jury are Pieter van Dijk, Tjeerd van der Ploeg and Frank van Wijk.
The organs of the Grote Kerk and the instrument of the Kapelkerk will naturally guarantee a musical challenge. The organ of the Nicolaas Kerk in Purmerend will play an important role during the International Academy.
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In Memoriam Piet Kee
On 25 May the well-known organist, composer and teacher Piet Kee (90) died In his hometown Haarlem . In addition to the post of Haarlem City Organist and the position of teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he was the organist of the Grote of St. Laurenskerk in Alkmaar from 1952 to 1987.
With the many activities that he developed after his appointment in Alkmaar, he contributed to a large extent to the global reputation gained by the two organs of the Grote Kerk in the second half of the last century. The many recordings on record (and later on CD) and the concert series he initiated, such as the still existing Cheese Market and Summer Evening Concerts, should be mentioned. In order to organize this, he took the initiative in 1956 to establish the still active Foundation Friends of the Organ in Alkmaar.
When in the 1970s it became apparent that a large and costly restoration of the Van Hagerbeer / Schnitger organ was necessary, he set up the "Organ '78" committee, which collected the required amount of money within a few years. During the successful restoration, carried out in the period 1982-87, he was closely involved with the project as one of the advisers.
Piet Kee has never hidden his great love and admiration for the Alkmaar organs. In later years he also regularly visited the Grote Kerk in Alkmaar , as he did in 2012 in connection with a DVD recording featuring both organs. Even in July 2015 he visited the biennial Orgelfestival Holland, where during the final concert his compositions for two organs and wind instruments were performed. Despite his old age, he enjoyed the festival intensely and he was closely involved in the preparations.
Alkmaar Organ City commemorates Piet Kee with great gratitude and respect.
Frank van Wijk, june 2018
Photo: Piet Kee, Pieter van Dijk (r) and Frank van Wijk at the final concert OFH 2015.