A new 17th-century organ

a project of the Castello Consort

The Castello Consort with the (loud!) 16th-century organ in Oosthuizen (NL). Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could bring this sound to any concert location?

16 november 2018

Visiting Orgelmakerij Reil in Heerde

During this visit we decided about all the final details, and checked out the technical drawings of the new organ. The organ maker can now really start building! The expected delivery will be in October 2019. Very exciting!

7 november 2018

Orgelmakerij Reil visiting Den Haag

Today, Orgelmakerij Reil visited us in Den Haag to get some last inspiration before they finish the final drawings of the organ. We had much fun trying historical organs!

29 oktober 2018

Stichting Dioraphte

With this positive reply to our final fund application at Dioraphte, we can announce that the building of the organ can officially start!

14 september 2018

Gemeente Den Haag

The Municipality of The Hague also decided positive about our request for the Subsidy for Cultural Enterpreneurship. We are very happy with this helpful contribution!

20 april 2018

Niemeijer Fonds

Another fantastic donation to the organ! This time by the Niemeijer Fonds.

29 march 2018

First drawings

Organ builder Reil (Heerde, NL) completed the first drawing of the new organ, and we are very enthusiastic about them! To give you an idea about the size: the instrument is a little more than two metres high, and can be taken apart in three separate parts. This way it will fit in any standard van or big car.

20 january 2018

Decision for organ builder

After speaking with several organ makers, we finally decided that Orgelmakerij Reil (Heerde, NL) may build the instrument for us. We found that their ideas corresponded best with ours. They also have a very good international reputation for restoring and building historical organs. We are looking forward to the final result!

29 october 2017

On an organ balcony in Pavia...

In the final days of our visit to Pavia, we got the chance to rehearse with an original 18th-century church organ.

26 october 2017

Historical organ in Pavia

During our residency at GhislieriMusica in Pavia (Italy) we checked out every church to see if there was a historical organ, and with success! In the main cathedral, we found an original organ of roughly the same size as our project. We even got to try it out: click here for a short video on our Instagram (it was not tuned though...).

20 september 2017

Concert with 16th-century organ

On the 20th of September we played a concert with the unique historical organ in Oosthuizen (NL). Some parts of it might even have been used at Sweelinck's wedding... A big difference with Italian organs from the same time is the volume: the organ in Oosthuizen has a high wind pressure (thus making it sound louder). At the top of this page is a video, where you can hear how it sounded.