City Cantata service

20 October 2019 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Martinikerkhof 3
9712 JG Groningen

City Cantata service

The Luthers Bach Ensemble will perform Bach’s cantata ‘Ich habe meine Zuversicht’ in this music-led service in the Martinikerk. Theo Jellema will play the organ.

Under the beautiful starry ceiling of the Martinikerk, the congregation today will enjoy the sounds of Baroque music played and sung by the musicians of the Luthers Bach Ensemble.

The cantata ‘Ich habe meine Zuversicht’ was almost lost to posterity when the manuscript was split up and divided among collectors; today the LBE will perform a reconstruction by the organist and musicologist Pieter Dirksen. The Martinikerk organ will also be heard, as Theo Jellema accompanies the congregation and also performs a couple of works himself at its console.

J.S. Bach, cantata Ich habe meine Zuversicht BWV 188 (reconstr. Pieter Dirksen)
J.S. Bach, Lutheran Mass in G minor BWV 235

Luthers Bach Ensemble (soloists & Baroque orchestra) directed by Tymen Jan Bronda
Theo Jellema (organ)
Antje van der Tak (soprano)
TBD (alto)
Jasper Dijkstra (tenor)
Henk Timmerman (bass)

After the service, tea and coffee will be served in the side chapel.

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 are divided over hoofdwerk, rugwerk, bovenwerk and pedal.