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Organ concerts in the Aa Church


Der Aa Church
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen


Schnitger Festival

From Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October various concerts will be given on the Schnitger organ in the Aa Church during the Schnitger Festival.

Organ Night

Friday 14 October: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

This organ marathon will demonstrate the sublime quality of the Aa Church’s famous Schnitger organ. With recitals by Cor Ardesch, Henk de Vries, Bert van den Brink, Peter Westerbrink, Arjen Leistra and Adriaan Hoek.

Admission: € 22,50

A concert and a stroll

Listen to Groningen’s two most famous Schnitger organs in one concert. The concert starts in the Aa Church and during the intermission the audience walks to the Martini Church for the second half of the concert. A wonderful opportunity to experience and compare both Schnitger organs and the acoustics of both churches.

Programme: works by Frescobaldi, Froberger, Zipoli, Bach and Buxtehude.

Admission: € 17.50 including a beverage

Cantata Service

Sunday 16 October: 10 a.m.

Worship services are no longer held in the Aa Church except during the Schnitger Festival. A unique cantata service based on cantatas by Buxtehude.

The Schnitger organ will be played by Peter Westerbrink, who has been the Aa Church's regular organist since 1992. Westerbrink is specialized in early Northern European organ music and has gained international acclaim as a concert organist, teacher and jury member. He has published several articles about Mathias Weckman, a composer who features prominently in this festival.

Cantate Consort and Sonus Vita directed by Jelte Hulzebos, and Peter Westerbrink, organ

For more information please see the Schnitgerfestival Groningen website

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