national organ day

10 September 2022

On Saturday 10 September, a new edition of National Organ Day will take place. Organist-titular Matteo Imbruno will play four concerts on the Vater-Müller organ. Come along to listen to the eighteenth century organ.

12:00 start of concert (approx. 20-30 minutes)
13:00 start of concert (approx.20-30 minutes)
14:00 start of concert (approx. 20-30 minutes)
15:00 start of concert (approx. 20-30 minutes)
16:00 start of concert (approx. 20-30 minutes)

The programme will be announced later.

about the organs
The Oude Kerk has a long organ tradition. As early as the 15th century, an organ was hanging against the west wall of the nave (the tower wall). A new instrument was installed in 1539. The famous composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck played on that organ between 1577 and 1621.  In 1724, organ builder Christian Vater built a new instrument on behalf of the church. Shortly after the completion of the Vater organ, the church tower showed signs of subsidence. Due to the danger of collapse, the organ was dismantled. After the tower’s foundations were repaired, Johann Caspar Müller was commissioned to rebuild the organ in 1742. In addition to the main organ, there is a smaller transept organ from 1965 against the east wall, and next to the choir is the so-called Italian organ by Niccola Puccini, built in 2010. The three organs are played regularly in the various music series. For more information about the music programme, click here.

about Matteo Imbruno
Matteo Imbruno (1964) is a world-renowned concert organist. He was recently awarded the Frans Banninck Cocqpenning for his services to Amsterdam as a musician. Imbruno studied organ in Bologna (Liuwe Tamminga), Rotterdam (Bernard Winsemius) and Lübeck (Martin Haselböck). Since 1997 he has been the titular organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the same position that Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck held in the 17th century. Imbruno has played at the most prestigious festivals and music centres in the world. He has been a guest teacher at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, University of Rosario, University of Mendoza (Argentina), Arizona State University and Brown University (USA). He is also artistic director of the International Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Organ Competition in the Oude Kerk and the Fondazione Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo in Pistoia.

The concerts are free to attend with a valid ticket for the Oude Kerk. Reservations are not necessary.

*The day coincides with the Open Monuments weekend (10 and 11 September). Everywhere in the Netherlands, monumental (church) buildings are opened. Because the Oude Kerk, like many other (museum) monuments, is open all year, the standard entrance fee applies.

Photo: Maarten Nauw