Lunchtime concert for young talent

20 October 2019 @ 12:15 – 13:15
Pelsterstraat 43
9711 KH Groningen
€ 10,-

Lunchtime concert

Given by students of the Prins Claus Conservatoire on the Schnitger organ in the Pelstergasthuiskerk.

This, the smallest Schnitger organ in Groningen city, has already featured once in this year’s Schnitger Festival, in a totally different setting: with the dancers and musicians of Urban House Groningen. Today the Pelstergasthuiskerk is where the weary festivalgoer can have a sit-down and enjoy the lunchtime concert given by promising young talent from the Prins Claus Conservatoire. Take a seat in the pews and listen to this organ, so much smaller than its big sisters in the Der Aa-Kerk and Martinikerk. Experience how Schnitger also delivered quality in small packages… It’s a lunchtime concert, so do bring along your sandwiches! Coffee and tea will be provided free of charge.

The Pelstergasthuis
The Pelstergasthuis is the oldest set of almshouses in Groningen and dates from the end of the 13th century, when the chapel was built. In the chapel’s vicinity the ‘Hospital of the Holy Spirit’ soon came into being, where passing strangers (pilgrims and vagabonds), the poor and the weak could be tended to. Towards the end of the 16th century, the function of the almshouses changed into ‘housing and sustenance of very elderly citizens’. These citizens were housed in almshouses around three interior courtyards which were (and still are) only accessible through a gatehouse in the Pelsterstraat. From the 17th century onwards, citizens who lived in the almshouses paid on arrival for lodging for the rest of their lives. In the 20th century the inhabitants of the almshouses became tenants.

The Pelstergasthuiskerk
The Pelstergasthuis’ little church, or chapel, is the oldest part of the set of almshouses. It was first mentioned in 1267, when Pope Clemens IV gave permission to build a chapel and graveyard. The church was built in Gothic style and facing the street it has a Neo-classical façade dating from 1855. The tower has the oldest bell in Groningen (1495).

The Pelstergasthuiskerk organ
The chapel has a lovely two-manual organ that was originally buit in 1627. It was drastically renovated by Schnitger in 1693 and 1712, and then again in 1774 by the organ builder Hinsz. The organ can be described as a Schnitger-Hinsz organ.

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