Open Mic on Summer Sundays
This summer the medieval church in Leegkerk will again be open to the public every Sunday afternoon during the months of June, July and August, starting Sunday 3 June, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. On these summer Sundays everyone is welcome to come in and have a look around in the church. And of course you can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of pie there. On these summer Sunday afternoons the church is staffed by volunteers, most of whom live nearby in Leegkerk.
The church is open on the following days from 12 noon – 5 p.m.:
3,10, 17 and 24 June
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 July
5, 12, 19 and 26 August
There are cultural activities in the church on several summer Sundays.
Sunday 3 June: De Zingerij choir in concert
The Zingerij choir has twenty enthusiastic members and is conducted by Martijn Jager. The choir’s repertoire is mainly (light) classical. The programme includes songs by Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn.
Sunday 10 June: concert by Martijn van der Zande
Sing along with Martijn van der Zande to his songs about love and loneliness, time going by, intimate moments and brief encounters. He will tell the stories behind the songs and accompany himself on the guitar. For today’s performance he is taking along his band.
Sunday 17 June: The Neighbourhood Boerakker Bluesband, featuring Menno Bouter
This blues band came about two years ago as a result of the bi-monthly neighbourhood drinks parties in the village of Boerakker. The programme includes numbers by Harry Muskee, Amy Winehouse and Ede Staal.
Sunday 17 June: El Duque
Doeke Oostra and Jan van Dijk both studied classical guitar and have been performing together since 1997. Now they form the Duo El Duque. Their repertoire spans various style periods, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Doeke Oostra: vocals, guitar and lute
Jan van Dijk: guitar and lute
Sunday 1 July: Ema van Gessele (flute)
On this musical afternoon Ema van Gessele’s flute students will give a recital. The students are between seven and seventeen years of age. Some will perform solo, others as a duo or trio. A diverse programme featuring songs for children, some accompanied by CD, but also works by Johann Mettheson and Béla Bartók.
Sunday 8 July: Dancing Voices
Jouke Aukema and Carieke Pol sing Scottish and Irish folk songs. Accompanied by guitar, mandolin and dulcimer.
Sunday 15 July: Mirjam Venekamp (piano)
Piano students of Mirjam Venekamp/MirjamMuziek will perform their favourite pieces at this summer concert in Leegkerk. Beginners and advanced students, soloists and piano duos, all will display what they have learned.
Sunday 22 July: Alto Quartet
The Alto Quartet’s repertoire includes highlights from the jazz and rhythm&blues era and their own compositions.
Sunday 29 July: Mirjam Pattiwael
Singer/songwriter Mirjam Pattiwael has a lovely warm voice. Accompanied by guitarist Pieter Nanuru she regularly performs her own English language songs about abandonment and goodbyes.
Sunday 27 August: Mja Mera, duo Karin Heesen in concert
A vocal/instrumental duo from the city of Groningen. They will perform Jiddish and Ladino songs interspersed with klezmer and Eastern European listening and dance music. For more information please see www.mjamera.nl
Sunday 26 August: Chemnistry, Peter van de Bunt
The band Chemnistry will perform their own numbers as well as some covers in English, Dutch and French. Their repertoire includes gentle ballads as well as up tempo songs
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The church in Leegkerk
The medieval church in Leegkerk is located in picturesque surroundings on the outskirts of Groningen. It was completely refurbished in 2013 by AWG Architects of Antwerp who fitted it with a unique golden cube shaped structure that houses various modern facilities. The church is rented out for all kinds of events such as concerts, lectures, weddings and workshops.
Admission: voluntary donation