The 55th International Organ Festival Haarlem will take place from Saturday 13 to Saturday 27 July 2024.

View the program here and buy tickets now!

Saturday July 13: 10.00:17.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Various locations

The whole of Haarlem Organs: Organ Day

The ideal kick-off to the festival is the freely accessible Haarlem Organ Day, or:
All of Haarlem Organs. Six beautiful Haarlem churches will open between 10.15:17.00 AM and 10.30:10.15 PM and the organists will treat visitors to exciting new and age-old sounds. The whole Haarlem Orgelt starts at XNUMX am (entry from XNUMX am) in the Great Hall of the Phil where the organist Jeroen Koopman plays the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ. And around 16.30:XNUMX p.m. the city organist will give Anton Peacock a final concert on the beautiful Müller organ.

Started: 10.15 -11.00 Phil - Jeroen Koopman

Walking route 'counterclockwise'
11.30 – 12.00 Lutheran Church – Klaas Koelewijn
12.30 – 13.00 Walloon Church – Junko Sakakibara
13.30:14.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM Joseph Church – Erik Jan Eradus
14.30:15.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM Nieuwe Kerk – Annie Spink
15.30:16.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM Mennonite Church – Yu Nagayama and Dick Koomans

Walking route 'clockwise'
11.30 – 12.00 Mennonite Church – Marco Bij de Vaate and Dick Koomans
12.30:13.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM Nieuwe Kerk – Annie Spink
13.30 – 14.00 Lutheran Church – Klaas Koelewijn
14.30:15.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM Joseph Church – Erik Jan Eradus
15.30 – 16.00 Walloon Church – Junko Sakakibara

 Closing: 16.30:17.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM Grote or St. Bavo Church – Anton Pauw

Saturday July 13: 19.30:21.15 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

Festive Opening Concert: A Child of Books (world premiere)

Laurens de Man and 3 choirs conducted by László Nemes

The opening concert of the festival is the world premiere of A Child of Books by the Belgian composer Bart Verheyen. Inspired by the children's book A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, Verheyen composed a beautiful and new work full of imagination. Including Laurens de Man (winner of the Dutch Music Prize) on the Müller organ, a youth choir, a mixed choir and a special children's choir.

Free spots
Prices €17,50
(up to 12 years: €7,50)

Sunday July 14: 16.00:17.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Domed Cathedral

7th Symphony by Anton Bruckner

Hansjörg Albrecht

The German organist Hansjörg Albrecht, also a conductor and harpsichordist in daily life, plays a spectacular arrangement for concert organ of the 7th Symphony by Anton Bruckner (born 200 years ago this year) and a new organ work by Philip Maint as an 'echo' of this symphony on the special Willibrordus organ in the Koepelkathedraal.

Free spots
No reservation necessary
Access:
voluntary contribution

Monday July 15: 12.00:13.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

St. Bavo Tower

Carillon concert

by Rien Donkersloot

Monday July 15: 19.00:22.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Baptist Church

Improvisation competition 1st round

8 participants

Within a few decades, the Improvisation Competition has grown into the most important organ competition in the world. As many organists have now experienced, winning 'Haarlem' is the springboard to an international career. During the two rounds and the final, special performances are required of the participants and literally anything is possible.

Free spots
Prices €12,50
(up to 12 years: €6)

Tuesday, July 16: 19.00 p.m

St. Bavo Tower

Carillon concert

by Rien Donkersloot

Tuesday, July 16: 20.00:21.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

City organ concert

Jean-Baptiste Robin and Monica Melková

Jean-Baptiste Robin is one of France's most prominent organists and composers. Slovak Monica Melková received the highest culture prize from the Austrian Minister of Culture and Education in 1999. The two jury members of the competition naturally improvise, and also play works by Bach, Couperin, Marchand and Albeniz.

Free spots
Prices €4

Wednesday, July 17: 19.00:22.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Joseph Church

Improvisation competition 2st round

6 participants and Oene van Geel (improvising violinist)

After the first round, 6 participants have been selected for this second evening of the Improvisation Competition. The Joseph Church has a different organ than the Mennonite Church, which forces the participants to approach the assignments very differently. What is special is that violinist Oene van Geel will be there as a 'special guest' and with whom the participants will improvise a piece of music together. Furthermore, an improvisation assignment that touches several senses and has never been given in a competition before!

Free spots
Prices €12,50
(up to 12 years: €6)

Thursday, July 18: 15.00 p.m

St. Bavo Tower

Carillon concert

by Gideon Bodden

Thursday, July 18, 2024: 16.00:17.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

City organ concert: including de Grigny, Boesmans, Bach and Radulescu

Bernard Foccroulle and Wolfgang Zerer

Bernard Foccroulle and Wolfgang Zerer perform a varied City Organ Concert.
Very old musical works, found in a centuries-old Italian manuscript, have been composed with surprising music from the 20th century and work by the French composer De Grigny, who died young, can be heard alongside his contemporary Bach.

Free spots
Prices €4

Thursday, July 18: 21.30:22.30 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

Klee dreams Bach: world premiere

Leo van Doeselaar and Marcel Wierckx

During his life, painter Paul Klee was inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach, especially his polyphonic music by Bach. In Klee dreams Bach, organist Leo van Doeselaar and audiovisual artist Marcel Wierckx look for the connection between sounds and colors and how Klee uniquely captured Bach's music in forms.

Free spots
Prices €17,50

Friday, July 19: 12.00:13.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

St. Bavo Tower

Carillonexcursion

led by Rien Donkersloot


Carrillon concert

(19.00)
by Rien Donkersloot

 

Register for the excursion via:
riendonkersloot@hotmail.com

Friday, July 19, 2024: 20.00:22.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

Improvisation competition: final and award ceremony

3 or 4 finalists

The finalists are given two assignments to complete. They will only receive the assignment one hour before the start of the concert. At the end of the evening, a jury prize of €5.000, an audience prize of €1.000 and a prize for the best improvisation of the entire competition (€500) will be awarded. The jury prize paves the way to a glittering organ career.

Free spots
Prices €17,50
(up to 12 years: €7,50)

Saturday, July 20, 2024: 9.00:16.00 AM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

The Hague, Rotterdam and Gouda

Organ excursion

The participants of the Summer Academy of the International Organ Festival have completed their first week of courses. So it's high time for some relaxation: the traditional organ excursion. Non-students and organ enthusiasts can also join the luxury coach to become acquainted with beautiful organs in the Lutheran Church in The Hague, Laurenskerk in Rotterdam and Janskerk in Gouda.

Prices €85
(up to 12 years: €35)
lunch included

Saturday July 20: 20.00:21.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Joseph Church

Concert on organ and harmonium

Joris Verdin and Erik Jan Eradus

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the harmonium was a popular musical instrument in French salons and coffee houses. Orchestral works were arranged for harmonium. Joris Verdin and Erik Jan Eradus are two celebrities in the field of organ and harmonium playing and know better than anyone else how to elicit special sounds from these instruments.

Free spots
Prices €17,50
(up to 12 years: €7,50)

Sunday July 21: 13.30:15.30 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Baptist Church

Festival Symposium: Anton Heiller

Peter Planyavsky and Roman Summereder

In 2023 it was 100 years ago that Anton Heiller (1923 – 1979) was born. The Austrian is commemorated with a symposium and concert, during which the festival reflects on his significance for the international organ world. His students Roman Summereder and Peter Planyavsky play his work and talk about the undisputed organ grandmaster.

Free spots
Prices €12,50

Sunday July 21: 21.00:23.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Baptist Church

Night of Jazz

Fie Schouten, Vincent Courtois, Guus Janssen
The Organ Trio: Berry van Berkum, Dion Nijland and Steven Kamperman

Festival week 2 starts with a vibrant improvisation performance by jazz keyboardists and organ enthusiasts Guus Janssen and Berry van Berkum. In addition to improvisation, they will also play existing pieces on this evening with: Fie Schouten and Steven Kamperman (clarinet), Dion Nijland (double bass) and Vincent Courtois (cello).

Free spots
Prices €17,50

Tuesday, July 23: 19.00 p.m

St. Bavo Tower

Carillon concert

by Koen Van Assche (B)

Tuesday, July 23: 20.00:21.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

City organ concert: Szathmáry, Tanke, van Berkum and Welmers, among others

Zsigmond Szathmáry, Anikó Szathmáry, Berry van Berkum and Steven Kamperman

Hungarian organist-composer Zsigmond Szathmáry has used the impossible Rubik cube to compose an organ work. In addition to this fascinating piece, he plays his moving Cadenza con ostinato from 1994 with daughter Anikó. After father and daughter Szathmáry, the stage is free for the jazz musicians Berry van Berkum and Steven Kamperman.

Free spots
Prices €4

Wednesday, July 24: 20.15:22.15 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Great St. Laurens Church Alkmaar

Organ concerto

Nathan Laube and Pieter van Dijk

 

In 17th and 18th century Europe, merchants played an important role in the spread of music. Although composers such as Bach, Buxtehude and the Dutchman Van Noordt never crossed their national borders, their compositions were taken on trade missions and became widely known. There is therefore a good chance that Weckmann and Buxtehude, working in the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Lübeck, were inspired by Van Noordt's works - even though they never shook hands. The latter will happen – in a figurative and musical sense – during this concert on two of the most beautiful organs in the Netherlands. And in Bach all these European influences come together. 

Free spots
Prices €9
(Friends
Big church
Alkmaar €8)

Thursday, July 25, 2024: 16.00:17.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

City organ concert: Schmidt, Ligeti, Heiller, Planyavsky and improvisations

Roman Summereder and Peter Playavsky

Peter Planyavsky and Roman Summereder present an afternoon with Viennese composers. Franz Schmidt's oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegel contains several parts for organ in which the Haarlem instrument sounds optimal: menacing and light, stamping and whispering. Planyavsky concludes with a work in which he honors Anton Heiller.

Free spots
Prices €4

Thursday, July 25: 19.00 p.m

St. Bavo Tower

Carillon concert

by Rien Donkersloot

Thursday, July 25: 20.00:21.45 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

Celebrity Recital

Olivier Latry

Olivier Latry is undisputedly the most sought-after and most famous organist in the world today. Latry is the regular player of the majestic organ in Notre-Dame of Paris, fortunately this organ is playable again after the terrible fire. Latry gives a unique solo 'celebrity recital' in Haarlem on the monumental Müller organ.

Free spots
Prices €22,50
(up to 12 years: €7,50)

Friday, July 26: 12.00:13.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

St. Bavo Tower

Carillonexcursion

led by Rien Donkersloot

 

Register for the excursion via:
riendonkersloot@hotmail.com

Friday, July 26: 20.00:21.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Grote or St. Bavo Church

Presentation concert: Excellence Class

Students of the Summer Academy

After two weeks of intensive work, the participants in the Excellence Class of the Summer Academy of the organ festival will have the unique opportunity to play the Müller organ in the Bavokerk to the Haarlem public, an excellent way to get to know these top talents of the future! The program will be announced later.

Free spots
Prices €17,50
(up to 12 years: €7,50)

Saturday July 27: 11.00am-12.00pm

Grote or St. Bavo Church

Presentation concert for Student Summer Academy

Students of the Summer Academy

Admission: free for students and visitors with a church entrance ticket

Free spots
no reservation necessary

Saturday July 27: 16.00:17.00 PM – XNUMX:XNUMX PM

Domed Cathedral

Final concert: Reubke, Saint-Saëns and Widor

Shin Young Lee

The festival ends with a concert by the young Korean/French organist Shin-Young Lee in the Dome Cathedral. After studying piano and organ in Europe, she decided to settle in the French capital, and has since played on all continents of the world. For the first time she will give a solo concert during the International Organ Festival.

Access: voluntary contribution

Free spots
no reservation necessary

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