We are touched by the news of Els Hendrikse's death. Els was of inestimable importance in an important part of the history of the Haarlem International Organ Festival.

Els died on Tuesday, November 28, a few days before her 79th birthday. On behalf of the Culture department of the municipality of Haarlem, she organized no fewer than 1972 editions of the organ festival between 2005 and 24. Together with her partner Piet Kee (who passed away in 2018), she had a major influence on the content and growth of the Festival, and the international stature that the event has to this day. We commemorate her with great respect and gratitude.

Els Hendrikse in 1978 organizing the Haarlem Organ Festival. Source: The Haarlem Essays (2014)
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