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?
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!
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!
With this positive reply to our final fund application at Dioraphte, we can announce that the building of the organ can officially start!
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!
This week we received more positive news: the wonderful Societé Gavigniès decided to support our project.
Another fantastic donation to the organ! This time by the Niemeijer Fonds.
We are very happy that also the Van Ommeren - de Voogt Stichting decided to support our project.
The regional department of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds decided positive about our request for support. Thank you very much!
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.
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!
The Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds is the first supporter of our project, with a gift of nearly 70 percent of the complete budget. We are very grateful for this wonderful help!
In the final days of our visit to Pavia, we got the chance to rehearse with an original 18th-century church organ.
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...).
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.