Walking concert given by Hayo Boerema and Arvid Gast

19 October 2019 @ 20:00 – 22:15
Der Aa-kerk
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen
€ 17,50
Hayo Boerema

Walking concert in the evening

It has already become a fixed event in the calendar for the Schnitger Festival, the evening walking concert in which the audience can hear the two magnificent organs in the Martinikerk and the Der Aa-Kerk in one concert

Two great Schnitger organs within one kilometre of each other, that’s something to treasure, and in Groningen we have them! The oldest and largest Schnitger organ stands in the Martinikerk. (The Martinikerk organ is the only organ in the world still to have an original Prestant 32’ built by Schnitger himself.) The city authorities engaged the already well-known Arp Schnitger to renovate (and later expand) this instrument, which had stood in scaffolding for years. The result was out of this world and it meant the start of a long career in Groningen for Schnitger. Five years later he built a great organ in the Der Aa-Kerk, but unfortunately this was destroyed after only 13 years, when the tower collapsed. The Der Aa-Kerk remained organ-less for more than a century, until the organ builder Timpe moved the Schnitger organ from the Academiekerk (later demolished) in 1815 to the Der Aa-Kerk. And so the audience can listen to both these Schnitger organs in one concert: organist of the famous Stellwagen organ in the St. Jakobikerk in Lübeck, Arvid Gast will start at 20.00 pm on the Der Aa-Kerk organ. 45 minutes later, we will all walk together over the Vismarkt and the Grote Markt to the Martinikerk, where organist Hayo Boerema of Rotterdam will let this unique organ shine for us in all its glory.

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.

The Der Aa-Kerk organ
As a result of lightning, the Hagerbeerorgel (1662) burned down in 1671, and the organ built by Arp Schnitger in 1697 was destroyed when the tower collapsed in 1710. From 1710 until 1815 the church remained organ-less. In 1815, J.W.Timpe moved the organ which Arp Schnitger had built in 1702 for the Academiekerk (also known as the Broerkerk) to the Der Aa-kerk. The most recent restoration took place in 2011, carried out by Orgelmakerij Reil in Heerde. The instrument has three manuals and pedal, with in total 40 voices divided over hoofdwerk 13, rugwerk 10, bovenwerk 8 en pedal 9 voices. The organ case was made by Allert Meijer and the wood carvings carried out by Jan de Rijk.