Closing concert with Tenebrae Choir and Arvid Gast

20 October 2019 @ 15:00 – 16:45
Martinikerkhof 3
9712 JG Groningen
€ 32,50

Closing concert with Tenebrae Choir and Arvid Gast

The very last concert of Orgelzomer Groningen 2019 will be given by organist Arvid Gast and the famous Tenebrae Choir from Britain, directed by Nigel Short

We bring this long, hot Orgelzomer to a close with a bang, a concert given by two world-class acts: organist Arvid Gast – one of the principal guests for this, the 7th edition of the Schnitger Festival – and the wonderful ensemble Tenebrae Choir, the British choir set up in 2001 by conductor Nigel Short (who himself is a member of the well-known vocal ensemble The King’s Singers) and which has developed into a figurehead in the English choral tradition.

Arvid Gast and Tenebrae present today a time-travelling programme: from the late Renaissance of Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672), through the Baroque of Schnitger’s contemporary J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) to the Romantic period of Max Reger (1873 – 1916).

This concert is organised in cooperation with SPOT Groningen

The Martinikerk organ
Building the main organ in the Martinikerk began around 1480. The humanist Rudolf Agricola was involved as adviser in the first phase of the build. Development of the organ reached its high point in the 18th century after successive expansions by Arp Schnitger, his son Franz Casper Schnitger and Albertus Hinsz. The situation from 1740 was used as the starting point for the restoration work which was completed in 1984. With its 3500 pipes and 53 registers, the Martinikerk organ is one of the biggest northern European Baroque organs. The registers are divided over hoofdwerk, rugwerk, bovenwerk and pedal.