monuments #8: thomas ospital

9 July 2022

On Saturday 9 July, the celebrated young Parisian organist Thomas Ospital returns to the Oude Kerk. For the second time, Ospital will play a concert on the Vater-Müller organ in the Monuments music series.

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8 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.


Anonymous composer
Three dances: Basse dance, Tourdion, Branle Gay, alternated with improvisations

Anthoni van Noordt (1619-1675)
Psalm 24

Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609)
Fantasy on ‘une jeune fillette’

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Praeludium in d minor, BuxWV 140

Thomas Ospital (1990)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Variations on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je maman’, K. 265 (transcription Thomas Ospital)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Preludium en fuga in G major, opus 37-2

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and fugue in a minor, BWV 543

Thomas Ospital, (Ayherre, France, 1990), studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris from 2008 to 2015, where he has been teaching organ himself since September 2021. Thomas was a prizewinner in many international competitions between 2009 and 2014 and studied under the organists of Notre-Dame Olivier and Philippe Levebvre. In 2015, he was appointed organist-titular of another famous church in Paris: the Église Saint-Eustache, with the grandest pipe organ in France. He performs worldwide, as a soloist and with choirs and orchestras.

Thomas Ospital is renowned for his improvisations, including to accompany silent films, and will also improvise in this concert, in response to three French dances from the 16th century and in a free improvisation. In addition, his programme has a link with the Oude Kerk: he plays a psalm arrangement by Anthoni van Noordt, descendant of an important Amsterdam dynasty of musicians from the 17th century. Anthoni’s brother Jacob was organist of the Oude Kerk, Anthoni himself was organist of the Nieuwe Kerk.

Photo: Maarten Nauw