Amsterdam Organ Summer
The Amsterdam Organ Summer is a successful summer concert series of weekly organ concerts, founded in 2001 by music director and Basilica organist Michael Hedley. Although the organ in the Basilica was built according to the ideas of the Romantic era and naturally lends itself to music from this style period, the organists also play organ music from other centuries, so that everything from Bach to Piazolla can be heard during an organ concert. The great romantics such as Brahms, Liszt, Schumann and Franck, who are well known to the musical public, are joined by specific “organ virtuosos” such as Widor, Vierne, Rheinberger and Reger.
Organists with an affinity for this type of organ from the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the United Kingdom are happy to accept the invitation of Muziek in de Nicolaas to play the music of their own preference on a top instrument. That is what makes this concert series so diverse and inspiring. There was a summer especially aimed at young talent, a summer with former foreign students of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and a summer with exclusively Dutch organists.
The pandemic forced the organization to a standstill in 2020 and Michael Hedley also died in this year. In 2021 we were able to produce a small version of the concert series with the new music director, Dr Giles Brightwell.
And this year we are grateful and delighted to be able to organize a full concert series again. Eight organists come from far and wide to Amsterdam to contribute to this special series in memory of Michael Hedley (1951-2020). We cordially invite you to come and listen to the concerts on Wednesday evenings in July and August.
July 6 Pablo Marquez Caraballo, Cathedral of Valencia (Spain)
July 13 Antonio Pedrosa, Assistant Sub-organist Basilica H. Nicolaas
20 July Jos Maters, Assistant organist Basilica H. Nicolaas
July 27 David Adams, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin (Ireland)
Aug 3 Peter Ledaine, Saint Peter and Paul Church and Capuchin Church, Ostend (Belgium)
Aug 10 Dick Koomans, Mennonite municipality of Haarlem
Aug 17 Freddie James, Franciscan Church, Lucerne (Switzerland)
Aug 24 Glen Dempsey, Ely Cathedral (United Kingdom)
Concerts start at 8:15 PM, doors open at 7:45 PM.
Entrance tickets cost € 10 pp
Reservations are no longer possible. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
St. Nicholas Basilica
Prince Hendrikkade 73
1012 AD Amsterdam